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The Side of the House

The Side of the House is a blog by Robert Kloska. He has no delusion that his blog is any good. He also realizes that the Side of the House violates lots of best practices in blogging. But he's not trying to be a professional blogger. Rather, he's just sharing his sincere thoughts. Your comments, encouragement, and differing points of view are welcome. This blog is simply an extension of what actually occurs on the side of the Kloska house in South Bend, Indiana. You are most welcome here! House rules: 1) You must be a person of goodwill; and 2) You must try be friendly and polite to everyone. In person, Robert is usually known as "BK", "Bobby", or "Bob." Nobody really calls him Robert despite the fact that he really likes that name. ;)

The Medicinal Value of My Broken Kneecap

"Let us understand that God is a physician, and that suffering is a medicine for salvation, not a punishment for damnation." - St. Augustine

Building and Destroying

The house across the street reveals a lesson about building and destroying

After 11 Years in the NFL, this Man Finally Found His Calling

One of the all-time great players believes that there's more to life than football.

Fasting Thoughts by Dr. Christopher Beiting (2/2)

Dr. Christopher Beiting, continues his personal and heartwarming reflection on fasting.

Fasting Thoughts by Dr. Christopher Beiting (1/2)

Dr. Christopher Beiting, professor of history, reflects on fasting in his own spiritual journey.

Fr. John Riccardo on Fasting

7 minutes to teach people about HOW and WHY to fast from food. Rating: Excellent.

St. Patrick’s Fasting

Fasting played an enormous role in the life of Ireland's most famous saint.

Fasting and the Supernatural

That photo from the Grotto which caused such a stir a couple years ago - how is it connected to fasting? Read on.

Lincoln’s Fasting Proclamation Still As Pertinent As Ever

156 years later, Lincoln's proclamation could just as easily speak to the present moment of our history. Why he proclaimed a nation-wide fast.

St. Francis DeSales: Stay Balanced in Your Fasting

It is important to go beyond the minimum, but avoid being excessive in fasting. Here's why.

More Fruits of Fasting

Fasting causes miracles to happen. Here are three of the many examples from my own life.

How I Was Led to Fasting

It all began in a CVS drugstore on the heels of yet another hospitalization.

Prayer Knocks, Fasting Obtains, Mercy Receives

Why has the Church today almost completely lost the practice of fasting? Why do we no longer understand it's connection to prayer and mercy (almsgiving)?  Is this part of the reason our modern Church is in such a mess?

The Poison of Contempt

I have friends who are all over the chart politically. Myself? I do not fit in any of the currently accepted categories of left-right, liberal-conservative. It's a very uncomfortable place to be, but I must follow the truth wherever the... Continue Reading →

The Importance of Fasting: Ash Wednesday & Beyond

Fasting is more important that many of us realize.

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