• ‘The Creator Created Only One Race–The Human Race’

    By LORETTA FULTON Opening a speech with the “N” word normally wouldn’t be advisable for the featured speaker at a Martin Luther King. Jr. Day gathering. But the Rev. Matthew

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  • Ground Broken for New Sacred Heart Parish Hall

    By LORETTA FULTON On Father Albert Ezeanya’s first day as the new priest at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, July 1, 2019, an 80-year-old member asked him a question. “Can you

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  • LDS Members Provide Gifts for Refugees

    Kristy McDonoughChurch of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Local and area members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints made sure the “First Christmas in Abilene” was one

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  • An Exchange of Two Words

    By JIM NICHOLS The preacher was clearly saying it on purpose. At first, those of us in the congregation did not notice it. Perhaps we attributed it to the fact

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  • Only Love Can Do That

    By DANNY MINTON The names Dwight Eisenhower, George Patton, Chester Nimitz, Jimmy Doolittle, and Douglas MacArthur retain their place in military history years after these men served and passed away.

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  • Vehicle Parade to honor MLK Jr. January 18

    A vehicle parade will substitute for the traditional foot parade Monday, Jan. 18, in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. “Divided We Fall, United We Stand” is the theme

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  • A Blanket of Beauty

    A beautiful snow blanketed Abilene early Sunday morning, the second snowfall of the new year–a great start to 2021! These photos were shot by Kristen Harris-Bridwell, director of Christian education

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  • Never Give Up

    By DANNY MINTON I remember 1968 primarily because it was in the summer of that year, my wife and I were married. However, most of us alive during that year

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    Fundamental Questions

    By JIM NICHOLS During my years of college professor work, I often envied the students’ enthusiasm, naivete, and joy for life. I did look out from the front of the

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  • From Super-Woman to Insufferable Wimp

    By NANCY PATRICK Honestly, no one ever labeled me a super-woman, and I hope I have not become an insufferable wimp. I do confess that hyperbole appeals to me; my

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COVID Brings Unlikely Opportunity for ACU Student

By LORETTA FULTON Not many people can cite something good from the upheaval caused by the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020. Elizabeth Miller is an exception. She, like everyone else, would rather the pandemic had never occurred. But it did. And with it came the cancelation of many in-person events. Once that started happening, the word “Zoom” zipped into our vocabulary.

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Receiving the Moment

By JIM NICHOLS Another author used the phrase “receiving the moment” as a paraphrase for contemplation and it struck a positive note with me. It was an admonition to pay closer attention and see what memories and aspirations God calls up from seemingly unnoticeable events. The biting wind of the day had relaxed to near zero leaving only a clear,

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2020 in the Rearview Mirror

By LORETTA FULTON It shouldn’t surprise anyone that members of Religion News Association voted the effects of COVID-19 on religious institutions and their members as the top religion story of 2020. Coming in second was the racial unrest that followed police killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and other Black Americans, with many faith-based activists and groups taking part in

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Olympic Gains?

 IDLE AMERICANCommentary by Dr. Don Newbury Uncle Mort, age 108, said he was ‘locked and loaded’ to give me an earful when he called recently. Reflecting on our lengthy conversation later, I decided he had unloaded at least two “earfuls,” rapidity at 250 words per minute, with gusts to 300. He had Olympic Games on his mind, but managed to include

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Second Chances

By DANNY MINTON She found herself in trouble. Kidnapped from her home, she now faced death from her captors. Her voice remained paralyzed, tears began to well up in her eyes as her captors forcibly dragged her out of the house. Half clothed, she remained a prisoner to the men who dragged her down the street, eventually throwing her to

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Online Catholic Masses Available New Year’s Day

Bishop Michael Sis of the Catholic Diocese of San Angelo will preside over online Masses in English and Spanish on Jan. 1, the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God. The English Mass will begin at 10 a.m. and the Spanish Mass will follow at 12 noon. Both Masses will be available on the Sacred Heart Cathedral Facebook page, http://www.facebook.com/sanangelocathedral In

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COVID Cancels Traditional Watch Night Service

By LORETTA FULTON The traditional Watch Night service, which dates to the days of slavery, will not be held in Abilene this year, another victim of the COVID-19 pandemic that continues to disrupt lives. The annual service, held on Dec. 31 each year, is hosted by Macedonia Baptist Church and sponsored by Greater Abilene Ministers Alliance. The service, originally called

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Bishop Dedicates New Altar at St. Vincent Pallotti Catholic Church

By LORETTA FULTON “My brothers and sisters, you are witnessing history this morning.” With those stirring words, Bishop Michael Sis of the Catholic Diocese of San Angelo emphasized the significance of the dedication Mass for a new altar at St. Vincent Pallotti Catholic Church. The Mass was celebrated Dec. 26, which meant that members of the Abilene congregation got a

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