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Author Archive: Mark C McCann

Mark C. McCann is an author and Ministry Consultant with a BA in Theology from King’s College in Wilkes-Barre, PA. He has more than 30 years of experience in ministry to children, youth and families, In the past he has served as an Associate Director of Youth Ministry and Family Life Ministry for the Diocese of Norwich, CT, as well as a high school religious studies teacher and campus minister, a DRE, and a youth minister. Mark was also a Christian radio host and producer for 8 years at a small Christian radio station. He has written for a number of Catholic magazines and websites including St. Anthony Messenger, Emmanuel Magazine, Homiletic and Pastoral Review, and Catholic Exchange. He currently lives in Connecticut with his Proverbs 31 wife and three incredible children, and lives out his call each day to be a man of words. His ministry website is www.wordsnvisions.com.

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Family Dinners Through The Lens of Pope Francis

April 15, AD2018 0 Comments
Family Dinners Through The Lens of Pope Francis

On Easter Sunday my family and I shared a traditional Italian dinner with my wife’s family at the home of her parents, Gerald and Ines Davino. I love spending time with my in-laws. Their brand of food, fellowship, and fun has taught me so much about what it means to be part of an extended […]

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Through the Eyes of Faith – A Passion Play, Parts I and II

March 30, AD2018 0 Comments
Through the Eyes of Faith – A Passion Play, Parts I and II

Parts I and II of a Passion Play that features the words of “The Witnesses” – those who were present and moved by the words and deeds of the Savior on His final journey to the cross. This year, as Lent draws to a close, I thought I would share with you a powerful presentation […]

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Holy Week: Monday- No Turning Back

March 26, AD2018 0 Comments
Holy Week: Monday- No Turning Back

No turning back is a devotional focusing on the Death and Resurrection of Jesus. And when he drew near and saw the city he wept over it, saying, “Would that even today you knew the things that make for peace! But now they are hidden from your eyes. For the days shall come upon you, […]

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Lent: A Holy Pause that Shakes the Soul

February 19, AD2018 0 Comments
Lent: A Holy Pause that Shakes the Soul

When the Lamb opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven for about half an hour. (Revelation 8:1) There is a deep need within the human heart to pause in the presence of profound events, moments so significant that we feel compelled to join ourselves to them and reflect upon the change they bring […]

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Our Salvation Journey: Once and Done is Just No Fun!

February 8, AD2018 0 Comments
Our Salvation Journey: Once and Done is Just No Fun!

What does salvation mean? For a good part of my life, this particular doctrine was the subject of countless hours of contemplation and spiritual struggle. For some deep, divine reason salvation was my otherworldly wrestling partner, refusing to be bested, yet somehow still blessing me with its power to name and claim me as its […]

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The Lonely Way of the Writer: A New Year’s Message for My Fellow Writers

January 12, AD2018 4 Comments
The Lonely Way of the Writer: A New Year’s Message for My Fellow Writers

Every January 1st, many of us decide to come clean with our personal struggles and make resolutions to better ourselves in the days ahead. In the spirit of this new year, I have my own confession to make: I often suffer from periods of sorrow and loneliness so profound that I sometimes wonder how I […]

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Mary the Blessed Mother, Full of Grace

December 19, AD2017 0 Comments
Mary the Blessed Mother, Full of Grace

Mary, the mother of Jesus, was the ultimate expression of both mother and believer. Her immaculate character, her sacrificial love, and her total surrender to God’s plan should draw us to God and His perfect plan for His Church. Mary’s life stands as a powerful example of what it means to follow Christ to the […]

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Our Advent Journey — Days of Comfort and Restoration

December 14, AD2017 0 Comments
Our Advent Journey — Days of Comfort and Restoration

Comfort, give comfort to my people, says your God. Speak to the heart of Jerusalem, and proclaim to her that her service has ended, that her guilt is expiated, That she has received from the hand of the Lord double for all her sins. (Isaiah 40:1-2) For as long as I can remember, Advent has […]

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I Know a Man: Gratitude and the God of Thanksgiving

November 15, AD2017 0 Comments
I Know a Man: Gratitude and the God of Thanksgiving

I know a man in Christ who fourteen years ago was caught up to the third heaven—whether in the body or out of the body I do not know, God knows. And I know that this man was caught up into Paradise—whether in the body or out of the body I do not know, God […]

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The Catholic Faith: A Life-Altering Journey

October 18, AD2017 1 Comment
The Catholic Faith: A Life-Altering Journey

I have come to see my Catholic faith as a life-altering journey, sometimes tearing down the strongholds of selfishness and pride, sometimes lifting me up to the heights of heaven, but always, always turning me into the man God expects me to be. Every once in a while I find myself reflecting on this faith journey […]

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Autumn and Transformation in Life’s Struggles

September 5, AD2017 1 Comment
Autumn and Transformation in Life’s Struggles

When I was young I always looked forward to autumn. For me, autumn was a time when the cycle of life began all over again. I know many people like to think of spring as the season of beginnings, but in my mind, it was always autumn. Maybe it was because in the autumn the […]

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Faith and Challenge: A Roamin’ Catholic Rides

August 4, AD2017 0 Comments
Faith and Challenge: A Roamin’ Catholic Rides

One of the great loves of my life is biking. I truly enjoy being outdoors, feeling the wind in my hair, and pushing myself to my personal best. From late spring to early fall, I try to get out on my bike as often as I can. I know I am not some super cyclist, […]

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Listen For the Spirit in Your Prayer

July 22, AD2017 2 Comments
Listen For the Spirit in Your Prayer

It has been said that prayer is communication with God, a spiritual give and take session, a holy interchange between Lover and Beloved. Often that experience appears more one-sided on our part. We are prone to speak more than we listen. We may spend more time in prayer asking for what we need than discerning […]

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Shaping the Image of God: Thoughts about Fatherhood

June 17, AD2017 4 Comments
Shaping the Image of God: Thoughts about Fatherhood

I have been thinking a lot about fatherhood lately. Having put in quite a few years as a dad with three beautiful children, you would think that by now I would be an expert on the subject. Sadly, such is not the case. I find myself still questioning why I am not the “perfect” father […]

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A REAL Approach to Counseling: Helping Teens Engage Fear

June 9, AD2017 1 Comment
A REAL Approach to Counseling: Helping Teens Engage Fear

We all have a moment in our lives when our innocence is lost, when we come to see that the world is sometimes a dangerous and fearful place. The sad reality is that we live in a culture of fear and personal pain that is the result of sin and selfishness. As a Catholic youth […]

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Getting Real with Reconciliation: The Essence of Making a Good Confession

May 11, AD2017 1 Comment
Getting Real with Reconciliation: The Essence of Making a Good Confession

When I was a boy, going to Confession was a regular part of my Catholic school experience. I remember standing in line with the other students as I waited my turn, dreading that dark little box, thinking over my list of sins, and hoping I would remember my Act of Contrition. Once I entered, however, […]

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Lessons On the Garden of Your Soul from the Master Vinedresser

April 18, AD2017 0 Comments
Lessons On the Garden of Your Soul from the Master Vinedresser

Ever since my wife and I moved into our current home I have had an ongoing battle with the shrubbery. There are times when honestly I don’t know who’s winning the battle — the vegetation or me. But it’s all part of having a nice home, and I try to take pride in the way […]

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The Still, Small Voice in the Desert Days

April 1, AD2017 1 Comment
The Still, Small Voice in the Desert Days

When we were born, the first thing we most likely heard was the soft, sweet voice of our mothers. It was tender and comforting, the beautiful song that had carried us in the womb; and when we heard it we knew we were safe. As we grew, we learned the sound of other voices from […]

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“It is Finished” — The Witness to the Culmination of a Promise

March 13, AD2017 0 Comments
“It is Finished” — The Witness to the Culmination of a Promise

“It is finished!” (John 19:30): three of the most wonderful words in all of Scripture. Though we read them and rejoice, I sometimes wonder if we truly grasp the awesome significance they have for us. There is high theology in those words, and yet their message is as simple as the faith of a child. […]

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Making a Manly Retreat: A Catholic Among the Separated Brothers

February 23, AD2017 4 Comments
Making a Manly Retreat: A Catholic Among the Separated Brothers

What does it mean to be a man? Over the course of my life, I have had many opportunities to consider that question, particularly with regard to how it impacts my Catholic call to love as Jesus has loved me. This is not as easy as it seems. The world has its own views of […]

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Meeting with Men of God: A Catholic Men’s Conference on the Year of Mercy

February 7, AD2017 0 Comments
Meeting with Men of God: A Catholic Men’s Conference on the Year of Mercy

There’s something wonderfully uplifting about being with hundreds of Catholic men to put aside our egos and bring our man-made messes before the Father as together we celebrate our common faith. For the past five years, I have been attending the Connecticut Catholic Men’s conference with my father-in-law. Each time, I have come out of […]

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Catholic Dream Walks and the Seasons of the Church Year

January 9, AD2017 0 Comments
Catholic Dream Walks and the Seasons of the Church Year

There is something beautiful about the changes that come with the seasons of the year. I admit I’m a seasonal man. Growing up in Northeastern Pennsylvania, the seasons were magical. Fall was ablaze with color and winter packed a lot of reverie into those snowy days. Springtime was full of fragrance and new life and […]

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The Transforming Power of Christmas

December 7, AD2016 3 Comments
The Transforming Power of Christmas

Of all the holidays, Christmas is my favorite. I love the beauty, the joy, the peace, and the good will that seem to shine just a little brighter at this time of year. I suppose I should be more cynical about the wrong in the world — the commercialism, the evil, the selfishness — but […]

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