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A Reflection on The Resurrection

March 27, AD2016 0 Comments
A Reflection on The Resurrection

The Resurrection Means… The Resurrection  means that Jesus has been swept up out of the world of space and time in which he’d lived before, not to leave us alone, but to be closer to us than ever before, as he promised ‘even to the end of time.’ Before the Resurrection, Jesus was limited by the physical […]

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Personalizing the Passion, Part Two

March 25, AD2016 2 Comments
Personalizing the Passion, Part Two

Last year, I wrote an article called Personalizing the Passion.  After much thought, I decided to follow up on that article with a slightly different twist.  This time, let’s take a look at some of the characters in the Passion, and then examine ourselves to see which one(s) we most closely represent in our daily […]

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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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Put Out Into the Deep of Your Heart This Lent

February 9, AD2016 7 Comments
Put Out Into the Deep of Your Heart This Lent

“Put Out into the Deep” In the missionary community of which I am a part, one of our charisms is receptivity. Why is that? At the beginning of this new millennium, Pope St. John Paul II told us, “a new stage of the Church’s journey begins, our hearts ring out with the words of Jesus… ‘put […]

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Does the Pope Really Think Jesus Sinned?

January 8, AD2016 55 Comments
Does the Pope Really Think Jesus Sinned?

Pope Francis has, once again, gotten himself in trouble with those bloggers who are often more than ready to criticize his every word. This time, the criticism involves these words from the pope’s homily on December 27, for the Feast of the Holy Family: At the end of that pilgrimage [to Jerusalem, when Christ was […]

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A Woman Changed by Grace

December 25, AD2015 6 Comments
A Woman Changed by Grace

Some place very busy, some age modern, there was a woman who woke alone on Christmas Day. She was in her car. When she lifted her head from the steering wheel that countered the gravity dragging her to the ground, a jolt of pain filled her cranium as light invaded her eyes. The cachinnation in the club from […]

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Christmas: Biblical Reflections

December 24, AD2015 4 Comments
Christmas: Biblical Reflections

[Editor’s Note: This article was first published on Catholic Stand, December 6, 2014. We are republishing here for your holiday enjoyment.] With Christmas coming up around the corner, I thought it would be a good idea to take a look at some connections in sacred Scripture that may not be evident to the casual Bible […]

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Home for Christmas

December 23, AD2015 2 Comments
Home for Christmas

[Editor’s Note: This article was first published on Catholic Stand, December 2, 2014. We are republishing here for your holiday enjoyment.] So much popular Christmas music deals with going home. I can remember passing around the tissues as the song “I’ll be Home for Christmas” turned a bunch of military wives into a weepy mess. […]

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Beware the Red Kettle: The Salvation Army and Abortion

December 21, AD2015 57 Comments
Beware the Red Kettle: The Salvation Army and Abortion

[Editor’s Note: This article was first published on Catholic Stand, December 12, 2014. We are republishing here for your holiday consideration, since the message is still quite relevant today.] It’s Advent and our thoughts naturally turn toward less fortunate souls, longing for basic niceties, and the call for selfless giving. Christ-like love, almsgiving, and prayer […]

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Christ: The Meaning of Christmas

December 17, AD2015 1 Comment
Christ: The Meaning of Christmas

Christmas is such a beautiful time of year. Family, friends, and neighbors are welcomed into our homes with loving arms as we anticipate the birth of Christ. He is the reason for the season, and we need to be sure to celebrate his birth appropriately. Unfortunately, many of us Christians are only concerned with the […]

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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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Living Each Season with Christ

November 3, AD2015 0 Comments
Living Each Season with Christ

For much of my adult life I have lived in areas that really offered only three of the four seasons. In the Deep South summer faded into a blended autumn and winter; by February, hints of spring were already evident. On the other hand, in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula we only gave a passing nod to […]

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A Difficult Lent

April 15, AD2015 2 Comments
A Difficult Lent

“We had the experience but missed the meaning, / And approach to the meaning restores the experience / In a different form, beyond any meaning / We can assign to happiness” – T.S. Eliot For a few days, I watched the sun descend over the Point Loma Cliffs. Each day, roughly 30 minutes before sunset, […]

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Was Jesus Forsaken by the Father?

April 2, AD2015 9 Comments
Was Jesus Forsaken by the Father?

Jesus’ last words on the Cross contain a burning question: “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” (Mark 15:34). Now that the Triduum has arrived, and our attention has turned now to the Cross, it would be good for us to spend some time with this question. Was Jesus really forsaken by God? […]

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Why Christians Shouldn’t Celebrate Seder Meals

April 2, AD2015 36 Comments
Why Christians Shouldn’t Celebrate Seder Meals

In sharing what seemed like a simple, informative item about Seder, I was met with much confusion and a charge of Anti-Semitism. It all began when I posted this audio on Facebook last night. With it, I quoted a priest friend: “The ONLY ‘Seder” that celebrates the divinity of Christ is the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass which is the New Covenant Seder […]

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Holy Week Through New Eyes

April 2, AD2015 2 Comments
Holy Week Through New Eyes

Holy week is always a very busy week in our household. Both my husband and myself are involved in ministries that work hard this week – he sings in the schola, I work with the RCIA. Between our ministries being in high gear and trying to make sure the last-minute Easter plans are in place […]

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Are Catholics the “Resurrection People”?

April 2, AD2015 33 Comments
Are Catholics the “Resurrection People”?

“We are an Easter people, and ‘Alleluia’ is our song!” These words are attributed to St. John Paul II. And, indeed, he did deliver them; once, during an address at a black parish in Harlem in 1979, and again before leading the congregation in the Angelus at a Mass in Adelaide, Australia, in 1986. However, […]

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Are You Ready for the Blood Moon?

March 30, AD2015 13 Comments
Are You Ready for the Blood Moon?

With the third blood moon in a tetrad approaching on Easter, and colliding on a Jewish Feast Day, prophecies are swirling about important events to stun the world: war, earthquake, volcanic eruption, Church schism, terrorist attack, economic crash, disease outbreak, asteroids or the end of Western life as we know it…  Are you ready for all […]

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Lent In a Sinless Age

March 24, AD2015 1 Comment
Lent In a Sinless Age

I have never much enjoyed Lent; of course the purpose of Lent is not enjoyment.  Repentance, mortification, fasting casts for me a gray pallor over this time of year.  Like many things in life I do not like, foul tasting medicine, judges who insist on strict adherence to the law, honest traffic cops, I benefit […]

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Give Praise to the Lord

March 19, AD2015 1 Comment
Give Praise to the Lord

It is Lent and no doubt, we are in the full swing of the things we said we would do or what we would give up during this season. I was thinking recently how praising God could be one of those things. How many times do you hear people say that they are giving up […]

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When You Fall Off The Wagon

March 18, AD2015 2 Comments
When You Fall Off The Wagon

“Yet even now – oracle of the Lord – return to me with your whole heart… For he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, abounding in steadfast love” – Joel 2:12-13 David stood at the white board scribbling enthusiastically what he knew about setting goals. He drew flow charts and diagrams, arrows and measurable numbers. […]

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Finish Lent Stronger Than You Started

March 10, AD2015 1 Comment
Finish Lent Stronger Than You Started

This year I was so ready for Lent, and that was something different for me. Many other years Lent has crept up on me, and I half-heartedly chose something to “give up.” Then I limped along, hungry for Easter Sunday, so I could be released from a self-imposed exile. I was only concerned with getting […]

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To Complete the Suffering of Christ

March 4, AD2015 4 Comments
To Complete the Suffering of Christ

“Now I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake, and in my flesh I complete what is lacking in Christ’s afflictions for the sake of his body, that is, the church, of which I became a minister according to the divine office which was given to me for you, to make the word of God […]

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The Treasure of Silence

March 3, AD2015 8 Comments
The Treasure of Silence

One perfect Word, and a world full of noise; one perfect proof of love, yet millions of lonely-hearted souls; one perfect God, and a bewildering number of imposters adored —this is the world in which we live, sorely in need of silence, love, and truth. The chatter never ceases, in spite of the eternally perfect […]

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