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Honorable Service

Dear Friends in Christ, I had the honor of burying a fallen Marine at Arlington National Cemetery several years ago. I was disheartened that many of the folks who attended the funeral did not approach the young group of Marines (his friends) to thank them for their service. I did. I thanked them for their…
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Little Things Done With Love

Dear Friends of Lumen, “The ordinary acts we practice every day at home are of more importance to the soul than their simplicity might suggest.” St. Thomas More St. Therese of Lisieux is the patron saint of the missions even though she never left the convent. She would offer up little sacrifices for souls and…
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Just Say I’m Sorry

Dear Friends of Lumen, “A quarrel between friends, when made up, adds a new tie to friendship, as experience shows that the callosity formed around a broken bone makes it stronger than before.” St. Francis de Sales Nothing beats a sincere apology from the heart. No “but’s”, no “justifications”, or added comments tacked on at…
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Kids Most Need Your Love

Dear Friends of Lumen, As parents what your kids most need from you is your love. They are not getting it at school, in sports or anywhere else…this unconditional, intense love can only come from mom and dad. When my mom and dad looked into my eyes, they communicated warmth and love, and it usually…
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True Friends Are Hard to Come By

Dear Friends of Lumen, Last week over dinner with a family, I asked two of the teenage girls what would they consider to be the most important qualities of a best friend. Their list is below: Trustworthy/Loyal Optimistic and joyful (Not someone negative who will bring you down) Honest Funny Kind *I believe when someone…
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