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The Deadly Cancer of Anger

June 14, AD2017 5 Comments
The Deadly Cancer of Anger

“This deadly cancer of anger… makes us unlike ourselves, makes us like timber wolves or furies from Hell, drives us forth headlong upon the points of swords, makes us blindly run forth after other men’s destruction as we hasten toward our own ruin.” This quote by St. Thomas More goes a long way to explain […]

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God’s Grace Will Overcome Dysfunction

June 3, AD2017 2 Comments
God’s Grace Will Overcome Dysfunction

Dysfunction Is Everywhere Are you dismayed at times by the amount of dysfunction you run into when dealing with other people? Does it seem to you, as it does to me, that there is far too much pain and anxiety mixed in with occasional spurts of joy and peace that many of us encounter? In […]

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If You Want Healing

May 31, AD2017 4 Comments
If You Want Healing

But she answered him, “Yes Lord; yet even the dogs under the table eat the children’s crumbs.” And he said to her, “For saying this you may go your way; the demon has left your daughter.” And she went home, found the child lying in bed, and the demon gone. Mark 7:28-30 I find that […]

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So, HOW Do We Live in the Love of Christ?

May 25, AD2017 5 Comments
So, HOW Do We Live in the Love of Christ?

To the casual observer, I appear to be a devoted Catholic mother who has lived a sacrificial life worthy of a modern saint. Little do people realize that although I did pour out my life struggling to raise nine kids on a small farm with little disposable income, I actually missed the core of Christ’s […]

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Dark Night or Spiritual Sloth?… Maybe Both!

April 30, AD2017 6 Comments
Dark Night or Spiritual Sloth?… Maybe Both!

I started off Lent with lofty plans on boosting my prayer life, a firm purpose of amendment to avoid sin and to fast. I failed miserably on every level, sinking into the comforting thought that I am simply enduring the dark night of the soul. I reasoned that I am experiencing what St. John of […]

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Live the Eucharist in Everything You Do

April 26, AD2017 0 Comments
Live the Eucharist in Everything You Do

Then he said to the disciple, “Behold, your mother.” And from that hour the disciple took her into his home. John 19:27 I have been reading Saint John Paul the Great’s encyclical, Ecclesia De Eucharistia, and it is a thing of beauty. I wanted to reflect on some of what is said as I pondered […]

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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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Marriage and Contemplative Prayer

April 20, AD2017 2 Comments
Marriage and Contemplative Prayer

Marriage tests us in ways we never thought possible. This vocation challenges us to die to ourselves and at the same time inspires and encourages us to rise to a new life united to another. This is a journey that finds its ultimate reality in God. St. Teresa of Avila and St. John of the […]

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Aggravations–Sources of Grace

April 19, AD2017 4 Comments
Aggravations–Sources of Grace

Oh, the Aggravations We Face! Do you know someone whose purpose in life seems to be to aggravate you? You know what I mean, right? This person is the one who manages to raise your blood pressure just about any time that you interact with them. Maybe it’s the things they say to you. Perhaps […]

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Living With Only a Thin Veil Between Earth and Heaven

April 13, AD2017 23 Comments
Living With Only a Thin Veil Between Earth and Heaven

I tend to rush through my daily duties like a solitary soul, disconnected from God and other people. However, I became aware that humans are actually intimately connected not just to God and the living but also to those who have died and are alive in Christ after recent encounters with birth, death, and dying. […]

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When the Needle on the Spiritual Tank is On “E”

April 8, AD2017 2 Comments
When the Needle on the Spiritual Tank is On “E”

So I went to Confession last Saturday (March 25). I don’t go to Confession nearly often enough. I go so infrequently that I have an app to remind me how to say the Act of Contrition (Laudate). I won’t tell you when the penultimate time was, but I will say Obama was President. That was […]

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Our Lady Healer of Families Heal My Broken Family

March 29, AD2017 10 Comments
Our Lady Healer of Families Heal My Broken Family

I work in RCIA and Adult Faith Formation ministry in my local parish. This role enables me to welcome people into the church, and to help people delve deeper into their relationship with our Lord. Because of this role, I listen to many stories of suffering from people who come into our door. We truly […]

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A Spiritual Solidarity Binds Us To Souls In Purgatory

March 25, AD2017 0 Comments
A Spiritual Solidarity Binds Us To Souls In Purgatory

Just like gravity affects us whether we understand it or not, the Communion of Saints, the fellowship between the living and the dead, affects us whether we believe in it or not. There is a spiritual solidarity which literally binds us together. Even though most of us are oblivious to these invisible relationships, we are […]

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Authentic Prayer: Battling Distractions

March 23, AD2017 0 Comments
Authentic Prayer: Battling Distractions

Did you know that you can’t really pray without distractions? Don’t take my word for it, take the word of St Teresa of Avila. When she went to confession to St Peter of Alcantara she told him that she couldn’t pray any longer because of the distractions that attacked her every time she tried to […]

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Suicide, Divine Mercy and Gregorian Masses

March 10, AD2017 6 Comments
Suicide, Divine Mercy and Gregorian Masses

According to the New York Times, suicide rates are at their highest level in 30 years.  I have rarely come across a person these days who has not been touched by a friend or a family member who has committed suicide.  While there are many reasons for suicide, that is a topic for another article.  […]

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Omission: Sinning by Not Acting–We Need to Avoid Avoiding

March 9, AD2017 2 Comments
Omission: Sinning by Not Acting–We Need to Avoid Avoiding

The Rich Man and Lazarus Pope Francis, in his 2017 Lenten Message, speaks of the Parable of The Rich Man and Lazarus. The rich man had it made in this life, while Lazarus struggled terribly, lying at the door of the rich man’s house, starving and deathly ill. Yet the rich man didn’t even notice […]

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God’s Gotcha

March 6, AD2017 2 Comments
God’s Gotcha

When I was a kid, I would go to Mass and stand up in the back of the church with my foot up against the wall. I thought I was a tough guy. I wasn’t. Going To Mass Mr. O was an usher. It seemed he would look for me and that he was at […]

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The First Beatitude: Poverty of Spirit

February 28, AD2017 2 Comments
The First Beatitude: Poverty of Spirit

This is the first of a series of columns on the beatitudes. Each will consider what one beatitude means, how it applies to the life of Our Lord, how it applies to us, and how we can live it out better. Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven. What […]

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Do You Love Me?

February 26, AD2017 0 Comments
Do You Love Me?

We tell God we love Him and adore Him. So, when we make this statement, we can ask ourselves, ” Do we really mean it or are we sending an empty message?” We need to ask ourselves if we heap up empty phrases like Jesus said not to do in Matthew 6:7. Do we mean […]

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My Journey Away from Perfectionism

February 25, AD2017 3 Comments
My Journey Away from Perfectionism

As a young girl, I would make sure that all my toys and games were in the right order. In high school, I tried very hard to make sure my school work was as perfect as can be. This need to be perfect has even continued into my young adult years. Now that I am […]

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