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Considering our vocations

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When we were children, our mother was not content with having us pray the ordinary grace before meals. No, at grace time, as well as in prayers before bed, there was a litany of sorts in which we remembered family and friends, and always ended with the simple prayer, "Please, God, help me to know my vocation and have the grace and strength to follow it." Mom was a firm believer that everyone had a vocation, a call to serve God with their best talents and deepest desires.

Racially charged billboard puts Arkansas city in national spotlight

Harrison, Ark., was again the center of local and national attention when a racially charged billboard was erected with a white girl holding a dog pictured and stating, "It's not Racist to (Heart) Your People."

It lists a "White Pride Radio" website, which leads to Ku Klux Klan information. The KKK is a national hate group that promotes white supremacy and has targeted blacks, immigrants, Catholics and Jews.

Preview: Iowa Catholic school students help peers in Africa one sole at a time

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Students at Spalding Catholic School in Granville traced, cut and put fabric pieces in sets, but they weren't busy with some elaborate art project.

They were participating in a shoe-cutting party to benefit African children through the Sole Hope project, whose main goal is to provide closed-toe shoes so jiggers do not cause foot-related diseases.

Jiggers burrow into feet and lay eggs that multiply and damage tissue, causing pain and infections that may lead to amputation and even death.

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April 10-23, 2015

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