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A Devotional: Picking Up My Cross as a Husband and Dad

May 17, AD2017 0 Comments
A Devotional: Picking Up My Cross as a Husband and Dad

If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me.  (Luke 9:23) The Gospels and the Church tell us to pick up our cross daily. This might seem an overwhelming task but it is not precisely because Jesus embraced His cross first before He ever asked us to copy […]

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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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Finding Reasons to Celebrate the Triumph of the Cross

September 14, AD2016 0 Comments
Finding Reasons to Celebrate the Triumph of the Cross

  Every 14th of September, the Catholic Church, celebrates the Feast of the Triumph of the Cross. It is also known as the feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross. The history of this celebration centers on the story of how Queen Helena, the mother of Emperor Constantine, was supposed to have found the […]

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Crucifix or Cross? Why the Difference Matters

February 7, AD2016 6 Comments
Crucifix or Cross? Why the Difference Matters

  Among the differences between Catholics and Protestants, is the use of the crucifix or cross. This was keenly brought to my attention when a faithful Protestant friend brought her children to the Right to Life office one day. Hanging in a prominent place above the office door, was my Saint Benedict crucifix. When her […]

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The Trees of Life

May 23, AD2015 2 Comments
The Trees of Life

  In the Bible, we learn the names of two trees in Paradise. One is the tree of knowledge of good and evil, which had fruit pleasing to the eye, but which also led to mankind’s downfall by partaking of it. The other tree we know as the tree of life, which had fruit on […]

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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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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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The Cross for Joyful Living

June 19, AD2013 4 Comments
The Cross for Joyful Living

If you want to win friends and influence people, don’t mention the cross. It is an unlikely enticement to attract us to someone, and yet, it is precisely what Jesus Christ offered us. “If anyone wishes to come after me must deny himself” (Luke 9:23). Although the prospect of self-denial and suffering is repellent, the […]

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