• VALUE OF INTEGRITY

    By DANNY MINTON Everything he tried, failed. He took over the family farm, struggling to make it work. He invested in schemes that would make him rich but instead broke

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  • LEARNING ON THE LINES

    By JIM NICHOLS It was a perfect place on a sunny day. The asphalt was black and smooth. White lines were painted with precise slants with four parallel rows stretching

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  • WHO ARE WE — REALLY?

    By NANCY PATRICK In 1624, British poet John Donne wrote “Meditation 17” as part of a larger collection of devotional pieces. The theme of the meditation relates to the interconnectedness

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  • BETTY, VIRGINIA, LESEY

    Editor’s Note: March is Women’s History Month. Marianne Wood writes about three women of influence from her childhood neighborhood. By MARIANNE WOOD Though life on the street I grew up

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  • LOCAL CHURCHES GOING TO ONLINE SERVICES DURING VIRUS SHUTDOWN

    By LORETTA FULTON Imagine Jo Bright’s surprise when she got on her computer, clicked a few times, and landed at the right spot. “Cliff just jumped up right in front

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  • CLOSED SUNDAYS

    By LORETTA FULTON Downtown Abilene was eerily quiet Sunday morning as parking lots at St. Paul United Methodist, First Central Presbyterian, and First Baptist churches were practically empty. That doesn’t

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  • FEEDING MINISTRIES CARRYING ON THROUGH CORONAVIRUS SHUTDOWN

    By LORETTA FULTON Everyone is learning to adapt on the fly to the coronavirus crisis, and local feeding ministries are no exception. By order of Gov. Greg Abbott, commercial restaurants

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  • GROCERY SHOPPING NEAR DAWN

    By JIM NICHOLS Ordinarily, a trip to the grocery store before the sun came up would be unthinkable for me; I am a breakfast eater and I have difficulty functioning

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  • NEVER FORGET

    By DANNY MINTON The Pandemic of 2020 will be registered in our minds as something we will always remember. As time moves forward, some of the details will fade, but

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  • POPE TO LEAD WORLDWIDE ROSARY

    FROM THE CATHOLIC DIOCESE OF SAN ANGELO: Pope Francis has called for people around the world to join him in praying the Rosary today, Thursday, March 19, at 3 p.m.

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RELIGION BULLETIN BOARD

Spirit of Abilene wants to share what’s happening at your place of worship with other Abilenians. Please send notice of events and ideas for human interest stories to: editor@spiritofabilene.com or call Loretta Fulton, editor, at 325-669-9006 Photo credit: MyTudut on Visual Hunt / CC BY-NC-SA   BIG DADDY WEAVE BRINGS TOUR TO ABILENE The “When the Light Comes Tour” is coming to the Paramount Theater

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SPIRITUAL HONESTY IN THE BIBLE BELT

By NANCY PATRICK Living in the Bible Belt of America has many advantages. Christian people who live morally upright lives, support their families, participate in their communities, donate to charities, and exemplify integrity and honor comprise the majority of the community. In spite of the positive aspects of living in a Christian community, some people feel alone and alienated when

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MORT AND FURROWED BROWS

IDLE AMERICAN Commentary by Dr. Don Newbury It’s a challenge my 106-year-old Uncle Mort hasn’t faced–not ever–and the same is true for the rest of us. The world teeters on a fulcrum of fear, much of it unknown. Enough is known, though, to shiver the strongest timbers and shake boots previously used for putting “get-along” in little “dogies” (pronounced “dough”’-gees),

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ENJOYING NATURE IN THE ERA OF SOCIAL DISTANCING

By LARRY FINK Editor’s Note: Larry Fink, retired English professor at Hardin-Simmons University, offers the following explication or analysis of Gerard Manley Hopkins’ poem, “As Kingfishers Catch Fire,” with social distancing in mind, “to encourage folks to spend a little thoughtful time outdoors.” “As Kingfishers Catch Fire” by Gerard Manley Hopkins As kingfishers catch fire, dragonflies draw flame; As tumbled

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A MOST UNUSUAL DAY

IDLE AMERICAN Commentary by Dr. Don Newbury My Uncle Mort, who lives so far out in the country that nobody passes his house going to town, called the other day.  “I’m going to shock you, nephew,” he said. “’Cause I’m planning a ‘give-away’ that folks won’t be able to refuse.” He had my attention. I felt flushness in the face–sure

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CORONAVIRUS CANCELLATIONS, RESOURCES, UPDATES

Photo credit: visualhunt.com LATEST UPDATES FROM DIOCESE OF SAN ANGELO Bishop Michael Sis of the Diocese of San Angelo released the following statement March 27 announcing further restrictions within the diocese in order to promote public health and to limit the spread of COVID-19. Following are excerpts from the announcement. The entire announcement can be read at http://www.sanangelodiocese.org “As we

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