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The Bible says, “Deal bountifully with your servant, that I may live and keep your word. Open my eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of your law. I am a sojourner on the earth; hide not your commandments from me! My soul is consumed with longing for your rules at all times. You rebuk…

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Having been a biology teacher, studying the origin of the universe, its processes and shape, along with being a theology teacher, believing in God as the Creator of the universe, these two disciplines complemented each other for me.

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In the spring of 1798, the United States was on the brink of war with France. Fearful of the future, President John Adams issued a proclamation declaring May 9, 1798, a day of prayer, fasting and repentance in the United States. He encouraged all Americans to go to church, fast and pray. He …

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Knights of Columbus Council No.1329 will sell plates to go from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jan. 17 or until they are sold out, at the Columbus Hall, 3610 N. Ben Wilson St.

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What a year it has been — pandemics of violence and COVID-19 and the drama of a presidential election. There are those who would like to throw out the year 2020 as if it never was. But it is what it is. The year began with great hopes and expectations, and then we got hit with COVID-19 in Ma…

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I think most people are glad to see 2020 go. It’s been a rough year. Nearly 80 million people worldwide contracted COVID-19. Over 1.7 million died from it. Our economy faltered. Businesses shuttered. Protests over racial equality and police brutality raged. Statues crumbled. Partisan politic…

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My dad and I loved hunting together in the woods of my childhood state, Pennsylvania. I have many cherished memories of scouring the forest, looking for animals on cold winter days.

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As we celebrate the Christmas holidays, we give and receive gifts. For Christian believers, Christmas is a time to reflect on how God presented us with the greatest gift of all, his only begotten Son. Not to spoil the excitement of the Christmas spirit, I wonder how many of us take a little …

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Christmas this year just hasn’t been the same. I have lived in Edna for over 17 years. And every year, for the last 17 years, our church has held its annual Redeemer Lutheran Church Christmas dinner in December. It is our church’s biggest fellowship event of the year. This year, it was cance…

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Editor’s note: Saturday’s column is the last of the Oceans for Emotions to appear in the print edition of the Advocate. Starting Jan. 2, her columns will be published weekly in the Advocate’s e-edition. You can find them at victoriaadvocate.com/eedition. Elaine was a popular columnist and he…

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Most of us can easily recall fun Christmas memories. For instance, bringing home the tree was always a big event in our house. Dad seemed to effortlessly put our freshly cut tree in the stand while we enjoyed hot chocolate, cookies and later, decorating.

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This year, we’ve all had a new kind of waiting. We’ve waited almost a year for a miracle vaccine to be found. Many of our friends and relatives and even our President, who has pushed for the cure, have contracted this awful virus. Now that wait is over. Even as you read this, the vaccine is …

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Do you know what you are getting for Christmas this year? I do. A few weeks ago, my wife ordered a DNA kit for me from ancestry.com.

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American adults make 35,000 daily decisions on average. Of course, not all of them are life-altering, but they do have consequences. And because decisions determine destinations, we certainly want to be clear-mined and not clouded when making them.

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Are you ready for Christmas? Ask most people today and they will say, “No, I’m not ready. There is more to be done.” Well, I’m not asking if you have purchased all of your gifts or have baked all of your treats. I’m asking, are you ready for Christmas? Are you ready for the hope, peace and j…

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One of my absolute favorite Christmas movies of all time is “Elf,” starring Will Ferrell. “Elf” is the story of an orphan boy named Buddy who as a baby crawled into Santa’s toy bag on Christmas Eve. Santa then unwittingly took Buddy to the North Pole where he was adopted by one of the elves.…

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On Nov. 21, the largest class of deacons in the history of the Catholic Diocese of Victoria was ordained. Fifteen men from different parishes in the diocese will help the bishop and priests to evangelize and care for those in most need.

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What are you preparing for in this season? Have you pulled out the Christmas decorations and “decked the halls” to prepare your home for the holidays? Have you gathered up recipe cards and organized grocery lists to prepare for a baking extravaganza? Did you snag any Black Friday or Cyber Mo…

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In 1903, a rancher named Jonathan Edwards Pierce gave the right-of-way to the Galveston, Harrisburg and San Antonio Railway through his ranch in Matagorda County. Pierce also dedicated a portion of his land for a town and railway station. A post office was built that same year. A library was…

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Perpetual Help Home will celebrate its 25th anniversary with a Facebook video that compiles interviews with people who have been involved with the home over the years. It will air at 7 p.m.Tuesday.

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I heard the story recently of a man who sent flowers as a housewarming gift to a friend. When he visited the friend’s new home, he noticed the card on the bouquet read, “Rest in peace dear friend.” Well, the man was not happy at all about this mistake and went to see the florist.

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If you ask people on the street what they are most thankful for this year, I am guessing that a large percentage would say they are thankful that the year 2020 is almost over.

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About 12 years ago, my wife and I watched a special about home safety on TV. Our children at the time were toddlers and we were woefully unprepared for mishaps and accidents. So, following the direction of the show, we set out to make our home a safer place.

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“In my writing, as much as I could, I tried to find the good and praise it.” That’s a quote from the well-known American author, Alex Haley. You may know him from his most famous work, “Roots,” written in 1976.

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This has been a difficult year. Pandemic, pandemonium. And the presidential election. What’s next? I can’t tell you exactly, but don’t worry, there’s always something else coming around the corner. Are you ready? Are you making the right kind of preparations? The fact is you can’t control th…

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Dale Carnegie wrote one of the best-selling books of all time called, “How to Win Friends and Influence People.” It sold over 36 million copies worldwide and continues to sell. Why? Because healthy relationships are vital to our heart health.

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Barbara McCain-Williams, co-founder of the Gabriel Project, talked her husband, Fred Williams, into looking at property for the Bethlehem Maternity Home, and they walked away knowing it was the perfect place for the home to help pregnant women in unhealthy and unstable housing situations.

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It happens every four years. The Wednesday after the presidential election, people emerge from their homes with bloodshot eyes. They go to work looking disheveled and stressed. They go about their day with a lost, hopeless look in their eyes.

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I sat next to 10-year-old David, who was watching other teams play after our game. I noticed he only talked between innings. I asked him, ‘What are you watching?”

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Our military has something called tanker aircraft planes that are extremely necessary for success. These tankers carefully refuel our military fighter planes while in the air.

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Editor’s note: On Dec. 28, 2018, Elaine crossed over to that Eternal Shore and her family, friends and readers are missing her. The Advocate is reprinting Elaine’s articles.

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