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Wilmot: Watermarks of faith empower us to change the world

Wilmot: Watermarks of faith empower us to change the world

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The word watermark doesn’t tend to come up in casual conversation. Yet consciously or unconsciously, watermarks are a big part of daily life and faith. Here are a few examples. High-quality stationery has long been associated with watermarks. I can still remember my mom’s special bond-quality writing paper, with the curious watermark on every page. We all handle money regularly, but if you work in retail, banking, or any profession that deals with money frequently, then you’ll be more than familiar with the watermarks used in paper currency to help stop counterfeiting. The same is also true of those who work in airport security checking passports for the safety of all travelers. If you’re in any kind of construction work, home or building repair specialist, then watermarks have a whole different meaning, especially if you’re called in to deal with the aftermath of a flood or some other type of water damage. Then there’s digital watermarking used in audio or image data for copyright purposes. Other types of digital watermarks protect data integrity and computer security. Last, but not least, from a spiritual perspective, the word watermark reminds us of our baptism.

New shelter in Mesa hosts Westie terriers

New shelter in Mesa hosts Westie terriers

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The small, white animals flood into Sharon Hampton’s living room in an instant. It’s Thursday morning at the Westie and Friends AZ Rescue dog …

Keeping the Faith: The trick to the treats

Keeping the Faith: The trick to the treats

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That faint noise you hear is the sound of pint-sized spooks, banshees, and vampires gathering on your lawn. They will soon be knocking at the …

Take me Home: Star’s the entire kitty package

Take me Home: Star’s the entire kitty package

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Star, 4, is the entire kitty package. First, she is a very pretty cat with cool coloring. Star has lovely light green eyes that complement her…

Keeping the Faith: Make your home with me

Keeping the Faith: Make your home with me

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Lately, one of Jesus’ more cryptic phrases has been making laps inside my head. I came back across his words while reading the Passion account…

Keeping the Faith: Dancing, not marching

Keeping the Faith: Dancing, not marching

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There is a story about two monks walking along the road when they come to a shallow, muddy river. A beautiful woman in a long white dress is s…

Catholic Charities offers counseling to Valley residents

Catholic Charities offers counseling to Valley residents

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Catholic Charities of Arizona is offering a variety of counseling services to those who might not previously have been able to afford them. Ho…

Take me Home: Handsome Jax is playful, sweet

Take me Home: Handsome Jax is playful, sweet

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Jax is a big beautiful boy, about 3 years old. He’s very playful and sweet. Thus far he’s gotten along with most cats he’s met. It isn’t sure …

Shapiro: Love deserves society’s support

Shapiro: Love deserves society’s support

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Love always wins. It may be denied for a time, but not forever. When it can’t flourish, it burns and breaks us. When love is allowed, it trans…

Keeping the Faith: The Gospel according to Jesus

Keeping the Faith: The Gospel according to Jesus

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While traveling in Central America, I had the opportunity to worship at an international, interdenominational, English-speaking church. The co…

Getting ready for flu season with vaccination shot

Getting ready for flu season with vaccination shot

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Flu season is well on the way and doctors are urging everyone to vaccinate in order to be protected from the illness this fall and winter. Dr.…

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