Truth

Imagine one day that there’s a knock on your door, and when you answer there’s a little boy in a cub scout uniform. He’s pulling a wagon that has little paper cups with dirt in them. He says he’s giving away free tree plants and wondered if you’d like one.…

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Flames

In southern Germany, a few miles from both the Austrian and Swiss borders, there is a hamlet by the name of Wigratzbad. The tiny little town became a Marian pilgrimage site in the early 20th Century after a series of Marian apparitions began in 1918 and continued to 1936. The…

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Drama

How often has this happened to you: You’re watching a movie, and all of a sudden you get this feeling like you know what’s going to happen next. And then, you’re right. “Ha! Called it!” And if it happens often enough, you start to feel like you have some sort…

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Stand Fast

In 315 BC, King Cassander of Macedon established the capital of Macedonia in the ancient Greek port town of Therma. As was popular among conquering rulers, he renamed it, in his case he renamed it for his wife who was the half-sister of Alexander the Great. Its inhabitants adapted to…

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Waiting

As a kid, Christmas is about one thing: presents. Thinking back to the days of our youth, everyone can recall a Christmas where you were hoping and dreaming for a very specific Christmas present. Maybe it was a bike, or a video game, or a Red Ryder carbine-action two hundred…

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Free time

Can there be a more popular spice than cinnamon? It’s found in everything from toothpaste to French toast, and especially this time of the year it is one of the most frequently used spices. Sweet potato casserole wouldn’t be right without cinnamon. If it’s missing from apple or pumpkin pie…

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The Devil We Know Best

As with many traditions, dressing up in costumes for Halloween has a history that blends pagan rituals with the celebration of Catholic feasts. In medieval times, the Celts would celebrate Samhain — the end of summer — on October 31st with costumes and animal sacrifices. The next day, Catholics celebrate…

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