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Say cheese!

Posing for the group photo on Sunday morning.

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A short prayer before departure on Saturday morning

Praying for a safe and happy trip for all.

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Lachelle and Ashley packing the car

The Mobile AL group is traveling to New Orleans today.

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The Mobile AL Habitat Crew before departure

The happy group departed Saturday morning at 7:30 a.m.

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A Non-Traditional Lourdes Community: One Student's Perspective

I pull into the parking lot with ten minutes to spare. Just enough time to inhale my dinner and finish reading the last few confusing lines of "Faerie Queene". Unfortunately, I barely remember the context. My attempts at comprehension were interrupted by preschool tantrums, teenage emotional meltdowns, and commercial- sized piles of laundry. But I am here; I have been up since 6:00 a.m...

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Companions on the Journey

Most people think joining a religious community is a pretty radical choice—no marriage, children or freedom to do what you want. I was 19 when I joined the Sylvania Franciscan Sisters in 1946. World War II had just ended and there was an excitement in the air. I ran into a friend from school who had joined the Franciscan community and she looked so happy. I wanted what she had found. Yes, I had a boyfriend but I felt God was calling me and I answered. When I make a choice, I put my whole self into it. I never looked back.

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Sticks and Stones

The incidents in Paris were a result of a series of crass cartoons depicting the prophet Muhammad in various compromising positions. Outraged by Charlie Hebdo's satirical cartoons of Muhammad, the brothers Cherif and Said Kouachi, who were associated with Al-Qaeda, responded with violent acts of terrorism. The harsh reality is that 12 people were massacred in response to these cartoons. 

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Adopt - Don't Shop!

Animals are a significant part of our community. From beloved pets that are lucky enough to be considered part of the family, to the ones that are in shelters waiting to be adopted or strays on the streets, it is clear they are a force that cannot go unaddressed. Fortunately for the Toledo community, there are several different organizations that do all they are able to for animals in need in our area. One of these organizations is called Planned Pethood, and from personal experience of adopting several cats from them over the years, I can declare that they are excellent at what they do.

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Social Comparison Theory and the Lourdes Community

The American social psychologist , Leon Festinger, established a theory known as the Social Comparison Theory, which argues that humans are naturally attracted to similar individuals and tend to, unintentionally, avoid dissimilar individuals. How often is this observed through the community today?

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8th annual celebration of Women Festival returns March 28

Recognizing the contributions of women artists, visionaries and entrepreneurs

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