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A Mother in the City: Life Transitions and Consecration to Mary

August 18, AD2018 0 Comments
A Mother in the City: Life Transitions and Consecration to Mary

I have always thrived on new adventures. As I am unafraid of flying and always seek to visit new places, I am undaunted by exploring a far-away land where I may not speak the local language. Even six years ago, when I traveled to South Korea as an English teacher, I was more filled with […]

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Looking For God In All The Right Faces

August 14, AD2018 0 Comments
Looking For God In All The Right Faces

Heaven: Open! Jesus gives everyone what they need to find Him. The Magi, St. Dismas, and St. Thomas the Apostle all looked for Jesus in different ways, but they all found Him. He gave the Magi the Star Of Bethlehem. He gave St. Dismas not only a front-row seat at the crucifixion but let him […]

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Is Our Relationship to Jesus Personal or Intimate?

August 5, AD2018 0 Comments
Is Our Relationship to Jesus Personal or Intimate?

I have come to realize Christians can develop an intimate, rather than just a personal relationship with Jesus. Well-meaning evangelical Christians challenge us to have a ‘personal relationship’ with Jesus but the word ‘personal’ is not found anywhere in the Bible. The question protestant Christians pose can make us feel as if we are missing […]

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Clearing Murky Waters: God’s Care for our Souls

August 3, AD2018 0 Comments
Clearing Murky Waters: God’s Care for our Souls

Does God care if we sin? How does He look at and treat sinful human beings? I started to think and pray about that, pondering the effects of sin on the soul, God’s involvement in our lives, and what people think and say about sinfulness. So I first thought of my perception of Him. I […]

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Mt. Tabor Moments- It Is Good That We Are Here!

August 1, AD2018 0 Comments
Mt. Tabor Moments- It Is Good That We Are Here!

After roughly three years of public ministry, Jesus took Peter, James, and John up a mountain and revealed His glory to them. They had spent day after day with Jesus as He walked from town to town, preaching the Gospel and calling sinners to repent. He told them many stories, spoke numerous parables, and worked […]

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The Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel: A Scriptural Journey

The Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel: A Scriptural Journey

“All gracious God, may the prayers of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother and Queen of Carmel, protect us, and bring us to your Holy Mountain, Christ our Lord ….” These lovely words are from the opening prayer for the Mass on the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel. The words may not be familiar […]

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Jesus Dwelt Among Us? Or In Us?

July 21, AD2018 0 Comments
Jesus Dwelt Among Us? Or In Us?

In John 1:14, the word “The Word was made flesh” almost always translates as: “and dwelt among us,” or some other reference to “dwelling.” Some Bible translations interpret the Greek directly as “and He tabernacled (or tented) among us;” and others translate the Latin “habitavit in nobis” as “He lived with us.” This article will […]

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Hell Yes!

July 17, AD2018 0 Comments
Hell Yes!

Many in the Church have made serious assertions that we can have a reasonable hope that at the Final Judgement Hell will be empty – that the Mercy of God is so great that even those that do not repent will be saved. Some have even gone so far as to assert that in the […]

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Jesus, the Bible, and Christ’s Influence on History

July 14, AD2018 0 Comments
Jesus, the Bible, and Christ’s Influence on History

Of the approximately 107 Billion human beings that have lived and died on planet Earth, Jesus Christ was by far the most outstanding, the most influential, and the most revered. He only lived 33 years among us.  He never wrote a book, he never held an office, he never went to college, and he never […]

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The Amazing Value of Hardship

July 13, AD2018 0 Comments
The Amazing Value of Hardship

Hardship is not pleasant. It creates discomfort in our lives. It inconveniences our plans. It discourages us, causing hesitation and inaction. Yet, properly understood, hardship is one of the most valuable opportunities in the Christian life. It helps us grow in faith, personal maturity, and intimacy with God. The opening verses of the 5th Chapter […]

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Dying in the Prime of Life

July 12, AD2018 0 Comments
Dying in the Prime of Life

It has always struck me that the Lord started His life’s work at such a young age and died a mere three years later. There is not much recorded about Jesus’ early and teenage years through His twenties, but the Gospel notes the age at which He began his public ministry shortly after being baptized: […]

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Giving It All Through Mary – Being “All In” With Jesus

July 5, AD2018 0 Comments
Giving It All Through Mary – Being “All In” With Jesus

The giving of oneself to God and to neighbor is not only an act of charity. Giving it all requires a deep faith as well. Do we really love God with all our heart, soul and mind? If so, what does such a love entail? How far do we have to go in our expression […]

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Whoever Is Not Against You Is For You

July 3, AD2018 0 Comments
Whoever Is Not Against You Is For You

For the past five or six years I have been attending a men’s group run by a non-denominational evangelical church. I would have liked to find a Catholic men’s group, but whenever I looked into it at the parishes my family has attended, these groups were always scheduled during the middle of a weekday, conflicting […]

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Principles for Your Spiritual Life: Insights from the Carmelite Rule

Principles for Your Spiritual Life: Insights from the Carmelite Rule

Here then are a few points I have written down to provide you with a standard of conduct to live up to; but our Lord, at his second coming, will reward anyone who does more than he is obliged to do. See that the bounds of common sense are not exceeded, however, for common sense […]

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Christ’s Victory Over Our Sin and the Devil

June 14, AD2018 0 Comments
Christ’s Victory Over Our Sin and the Devil

June 10th, the Tenth Sunday in Ordinary Time this year, announces Christ’s victory over our sin and the Devil. Through her lectionary readings, the Church, our mother and teacher, gives us an opportunity to reflect on Adam’s original condition in paradise, on the fall and our fallen condition now, on Christ’s victory over our sin […]

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The False Faces of Compassion

June 11, AD2018 0 Comments
The False Faces of Compassion

Both the modern culture and the Church have very clear ideas of what it means to be compassionate. Compassion is usually equated with gentleness, sweetness, and a willingness to “meet people where they are”, and to “love unconditionally”. While these descriptors sound “comforting” and “Christian”, they do not actually represent the concept of compassion that […]

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It Is More Blessed to Give Than to Receive

May 30, AD2018 0 Comments
It Is More Blessed to Give Than to Receive

Do you know who said, “It is more blessed to give than to receive”? According to St. Paul, these are words of the Lord Jesus (Acts 20:35). I think this is a remarkable saying. It is recorded almost as an aside in the Acts of the Apostles. They are not found in any of the […]

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Scripture Passages That Say Jesus Isn’t God

May 12, AD2018 1 Comment
Scripture Passages That Say Jesus Isn’t God

Imagine this scenario. You hear the doorbell ring, you open the door, and you see two well-dressed men standing on your porch with smiles on their faces. They ask you a seemingly harmless question about God, and then they ask you what religion you practice. You tell them that you are Catholic, so they ask […]

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Jesus as Warrior: A Reflection

May 7, AD2018 3 Comments
Jesus as Warrior: A Reflection

Therefore, take the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.  (Ephesians 6:13) The Easter season is a time of reflection and, as the season moves forward, those reflections can move away from oneself to Jesus. In any deliberation, regardless of topic, […]

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The Life of a Gardener: Prayer and St. Teresa of Avila

The Life of a Gardener: Prayer and St. Teresa of Avila

This is how it is with the kingdom of God; it is as if a man were to scatter seed on the land and would sleep and rise night and day and the seed would sprout and grow, he knows not how.  Of its own accord, the land yields fruit, first the blade, then the ear, then […]

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Discovering Mercy

April 26, AD2018 2 Comments
Discovering Mercy

” Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy. ” Matt. 5:7 Over the years I have experienced God’s Divine Mercy and protection in my life and in the lives of my loved ones. Having grown up Baptist, I knew we served a merciful God, but I never realized the depths of His […]

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#MeToo and the Messiah

April 14, AD2018 5 Comments
#MeToo and the Messiah

The #MeToo movement has shaken the foundations of some of the culture’s most entrenched havens of sexual harassment, abuse and predation. The list of politicians, actors and other notable personalities seems to grow with each passing week. The movement also raises the deeper issue of human dignity, particularly as it relates to the objectification of […]

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The Hidden Years, Common Sense, and Renewal Rooted in Prayer

April 13, AD2018 1 Comment
The Hidden Years, Common Sense, and Renewal Rooted in Prayer

Pious Fantasies I couldn’t fault my doctor when I went for a private consultation, but in his own home, he seemed to have left his common sense in the surgery when he discussed his on his own pet enthusiasm. He was fascinated by visionaries and their private revelations and seemed to assume that most religious […]

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Jesus Was Troubled

April 9, AD2018 0 Comments
Jesus Was Troubled

Several places in Scripture tell us that Jesus was troubled or worried, or experienced grief. John 11:33: When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who had come along with her also weeping, he was deeply moved in spirit and troubled. . . . John 11:35: Jesus wept. John 13:21: After he had said this, Jesus […]

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