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The Importance of Laughter

Given the year we’ve had, finding reasons to be joyful is a challenge. ​​​​​​​But the Bible reminds us that laughter is good for our bodies and our souls.

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Crowning the Queen of May

Whenever I read the notice in my parish bulletin about the upcoming date for May Crowning, I recall the celebrations of days gone by and start humming those familiar Marian hymns I learned as a child. Many of those hymns I can remember clearly.

Although there have been some changes in these celebrations since my Catholic grade school days in the 1950s, the basics remain the same: A statue that represents our “holy queen enthroned above” is crowned with blossoms while parishioners sing Marian hymns and recite prayers associated with Mary.

 

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