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I have been happily married for 31 years. Last year I went to my high-school reunion and ran into an old flame. We started talking and, to make a long story short, began an affair. He’s married too. I really love him, and I always have, but situations and youth kept us from being together. Now our marital status keeps us apart. If my husband found out about this, he would be devastated. I also love him. What I want is to be with both of them. What’s wrong with me?

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Turn on the radio or television and tune in on the prime-time news. More often than not, killings, abductions, theft, rape, robbery, and other violent crimes are among the major stories of the day.

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OUR family joined the throngs of people who flocked to cemeteries last weekend to honor the memories of their departed loved ones to visit my dear son Reyster’s resting place. Reyster Langit, my eldest son, succumbed to malaria 10 years ago after going on assignment to the hinterlands of Rizal in Palawan to document the situation of the Tau’t Batu tribe whose members were succumbing to an illness that would eventually take their lives. Little did my son know that he would fall victim to the same disease, cerebral malaria, along with two other members of our crew.

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Unplanned pregnancies were punished with large fines. In many cases, the policy led to forced abortions, forced sterilization, and infanticides. In its first 20 years, the policy helped reduce the population by about 100 million people.

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Great crowds were traveling with Jesus, and he turned and addressed them, “If anyone comes to me without hating his father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, and even his own life, he cannot be my disciple. Whoever does not carry his own cross and come after me cannot be my disciple. Which of you wishing to construct a tower does not first sit down and calculate the cost to see if there is enough for its completion? Otherwise, after laying the foundation and finding himself unable to finish the work the onlookers should laugh at him and say, ‘This one began to build but did not have the resources to finish.’

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On and off

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I have an on and off relationship with a particular guy for the past two years now. But even in the absence of commitment, we always come back to each other. I haven’t talked about a relationship with him but I’m tired of this off and on thing. His friends have also made comments to my friends like “they will probably end up together.” Does this mean that he talks about me to his friends? What can I do to take our relationship to another level?

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