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Mike Eisenbath has been married to Donna for 30 years; they have four adult children and two grandsons. He was an award-winning sportswriter for 23 years, including 18 at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch with duties that included covering the St. Louis Cardinals and Major League Baseball. Severe depression forced him out of that career. He continues to write, with a monthly column in the St. Louis Review, his www.eisenbath.com website and several Catholic websites featuring reflections on topics such as his faith and mental illness. Mike is a frequent speaker on those subjects and among his three books is “Hence My Eyes Are Turned Toward You: Confronting Depression With Faith and the Prayer of Jehoshaphat.”

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With Love: To Desire What God Gives Us

April 23, AD2017 0 Comments
With Love: To Desire What God Gives Us

desire The day’s temperature climbed to 77 degrees, quite warm by Segovia standards for a mid-afternoon in October. Not a cloud graced the sky. We didn’t have the benefit of even a slight breeze. And we had little idea of exactly where we were going–not unusual during this Spanish vacation. My wife Donna and I […]

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Seeking a Holy Silence in Lent

March 15, AD2017 2 Comments
Seeking a Holy Silence in Lent

silence “The very best and highest attainment in this life is to remain still and let God act and speak in you.” (Meister Eckhart, 13th-century German Dominican priest and mystic) I’m involved in some personal discernment about my life’s mission. Frankly, it is proving much more challenging than I initially expected. The world is so […]

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A Child, A Stranger, the Body of Christ

February 12, AD2017 1 Comment
A Child, A Stranger, the Body of Christ

My 8-year-old grandson and a stranger both gave me a special gift one recent Sunday. And there I was thinking I was doing something good for them at Mass. Colin, my grandson, goes to Mass with his third-grade class a couple of times a week. He usually doesn’t go on Sundays, though. My son-in-law normally […]

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Beyond Lent: Will You Drink of the Cup?

April 2, AD2016 3 Comments
Beyond Lent: Will You Drink of the Cup?

“Whoever wishes to be my follower must deny his very self, take up his cross each day, and follow in my steps.” (Luke 9:23) Take up his cross. Take up your cross. Each day. But… you’re eating chocolate again, aren’t you? And you’ll be eating meat on Fridays. You got your required one annual visit to […]

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My Annual Lenten Feast: Holy Silence

March 3, AD2016 2 Comments
My Annual Lenten Feast: Holy Silence

I never have been a big fan of winter. Give me 90-degree temperatures with a chance to wear shorts and a T-shirt rather than 20 degrees, layers of clothing, and slick streets. I’ll take baseball, walks to the ice cream shop, and the smell of fresh-cut grass any time. Well, there is one thing I […]

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All People Are Walking Tabernacles Of Grace

February 1, AD2016 5 Comments
All People Are Walking Tabernacles Of Grace

“People are walking tabernacles of grace.” — Father Christopher Seiler For monk and author Thomas Merton, a famous revelation hit him at the corner of Fourth and Walnut, in the middle of the Louisville, Kentucky shopping district. For St. Francis, the revelation struck him while riding a horse on an Italian road leading to Assisi. I’m […]

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Detachment: Camels Can Pass Through Needles

December 30, AD2015 1 Comment
Detachment: Camels Can Pass Through Needles

Perhaps you have heard this old business saying: “It’s better to seek forgiveness than to ask permission.” Indeed, my admittedly brief time in the field of big business indicates that asking permission has about a 50 percent success rate, at best. So, without your permission, I roll the dice and talk about something that might […]

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Waiting in the Darkness: Seeking the Real Meaning of Christmas

December 7, AD2015 1 Comment
Waiting in the Darkness: Seeking the Real Meaning of Christmas

Everywhere I go these days, it’s cold. The official beginning of winter is less than three weeks away, and here in the Midwest the temperatures have dropped occasionally into the 20s. That reminds me: I hate cold weather. The chill stays with me, whether in my TV room, my bedroom, the car, my office, or […]

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Jesus Waits: God’s Presence In The Blessed Sacrament

November 18, AD2015 3 Comments
Jesus Waits: God’s Presence In The Blessed Sacrament

Sometimes, God makes His Presence known in obvious, can’t-miss-it ways: a colorful sky, a baby’s giggle, a beautiful song, a spectacular range of snow-capped mountains, an unexpected hug from a friend when we were feeling low, or an inspired insight while reading some Scripture. In such cases, we might spontaneously break into a prayer of […]

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Finding God’s Holy Presence … Everywhere

September 9, AD2015 15 Comments
Finding God’s Holy Presence … Everywhere

  Hourly every weekday and frequently during weekends, I stop everything I’m doing for a few minutes of intercessory prayer. I have a constantly open invitation to friends, family, acquaintances, my Facebook community and, well, pretty much the whole world to pray for anyone’s particular needs. So I have a long list of folks for […]

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Where’s the Welcome Mat for Young Families?

August 13, AD2015 7 Comments
Where’s the Welcome Mat for Young Families?

  One Sunday a while back, a family of five filled a pew at church near where I was sitting during Mass. That family grabbed my attention. The pew was much larger than needed to accommodate a regular group of five. But this family, in addition to the two parents, included three young children. Three […]

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My Plea For “Unknown Heroism”

July 31, AD2015 1 Comment
My Plea For “Unknown Heroism”

When I was a child, my parents never fought in front of me, never anything stronger than a cross or stern word now and then. That doesn’t mean they didn’t occasionally argue. My bedroom was next to theirs; we shared a wall. I could hear them raise their irate voices with each other late at […]

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Understanding The Whole “Mary Thing”

July 16, AD2015 4 Comments
Understanding The Whole “Mary Thing”

If familiarity indeed breeds contempt, as the ages-old proverb says, then I’m bewildered in trying to explain why I have been increasingly drawn to the Blessed Virgin Mary the last few years. The better I know her, the more I love her. And I want to encourage others to give it a genuine effort. I […]

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My Daily Desire: ‘Be Jesus Today’

June 18, AD2015 2 Comments
My Daily Desire: ‘Be Jesus Today’

A sticky note on the bottom of my computer monitor at work features three simple words, but a powerful command: Be Jesus Today If I have a consistently whispered “mantra,” that’s it. I say it to myself every morning. The note reminds me of my personal desire throughout the workday. At night, as I reflect […]

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Corpus Christi: Do You Believe?

June 8, AD2015 9 Comments
Corpus Christi: Do You Believe?

Do you remember the old advertising slogan “Is it live? Or is it Memorex?” Christians the world over sort of ask a similar set of questions. And their answers are equally confused. Is the Eucharist the “Real Presence?” Does the bread genuinely become the Body of Christ and the wine become the Blood of Christ? […]

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