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My Hoarding Tendency: Symptom or Illness?

Every morning, on my way into the office building where I work, I pass a certain parking spot in the garage’s basement. The spot is the closest to the building’s entrance door, so the driver who daily claims the spot

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The Power of Telling a Story

Donna, my wife, and I have been certified as presenters for the “In Our Own Voice: Living With Mental Illness” speaking program by the National Alliance On Mental Illness. We went through the training in early 2015. Since then, we

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Thank God: Be a Grateful Samaritan Leper

Lent 2017 has arrived. And so Catholic people dive back into some of the culture of our religion: Wearing ashes on the forehead at work and answering questions about that. Going to fish fries at the local parish. Giving up

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Dear Father: Our Church Needs Your Priestly Zeal

Bless me Father, because I am so annoyed with you. I attended Mass at your parish this past Sunday. I’ve worshiped there before, although this was my first Mass with you celebrating. I hope I simply caught you on a

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Scared into Isolation by Depression’s Shadow

In a uniquely American tradition, thousands of people gathered this past Thursday morning in the town of Punxutawney, PA., to wait for a distinctly unscientific weather forecast. Punxutawney Phil, star of the Groundhog Day celebration every February 2 for 131

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Even the ‘Worst Sinner’ Can Change the Label

Once, in a confessional, I told a priest that I considered myself the worst sinner I had ever known — not really for the bad things I had done, rather more so for the thoughts I have conjured and encouraged

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Brutal Week, But That’s Okay

I love Fridays under normal circumstances – especially between 4:30 and 5 in the afternoon, when I can pack up and leave the office. But last Friday (January 20)  proved particularly more welcome than most of those normal Fridays. I

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My Lesson: Be A Door Of Mercy

I noticed a curious phenomenon shortly after the Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy began in December. Virtually every day, in something I read or heard, the word “mercy” appeared. The reference was purposeful at times, something written or said relating

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The Power of Kindness in a Great Battle

There are subjects many people want to avoid. For instance, how often have you heard that it’s a bad idea to talk about religion or politics at family parties — unless you want things to get uncomfortable really quick. There

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“O Lord, Nourish This Starving Beggar”

I apologize. To each of you; to all of you. First, I’m sorry for what clearly is a lazy approach to this piece of writing. I have a feeling that everyone who tries to blog consistently for their own website

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Mike & Donna Eisenbath



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