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Easter and Building a Curriculum of Hope

May 18, AD2017 0 Comments
Easter and Building a Curriculum of Hope

I have been working in the field of education for more than twenty years now. And every time I come to reflect upon the fruits of Easter, I always try to connect it to the work of educating young people. This month, I have decided to write about the relationship between the Resurrection story and […]

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May: The Month of the Blessed Virgin Mary

April 25, AD2017 1 Comment
May: The Month of the Blessed Virgin Mary

The month of May is traditionally dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary. May is a month of growth, when nature is reborn. This month normally belongs to the Easter season, between Easter and Pentecost. Many Catholics may be aware that May is consecrated to Mary, but it may be unclear why this month was selected […]

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A Devotional: Celebrate the Joy

April 17, AD2017 1 Comment
A Devotional: Celebrate the Joy

“Happy is he who does not have sadness in his mind, and who has not fallen away from his hope.” -Sirach 14:2 Finding Hope in Christ Lent is a time of fasting, prayer, and almsgiving toward others. It is a time of sacrifice and charity. It is a time of getting to know Jesus even […]

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Easter Chocolates, Slavery, and Our Responsibility as Christians

April 15, AD2017 6 Comments
Easter Chocolates, Slavery, and Our Responsibility as Christians

The Easter Bounty- Chocolates When we walk down any candy aisle in a grocery store, we are guaranteed to see many beautifully wrapped and enticing chocolates at any time of the year. But, especially as we approach Easter, there are plentiful chocolates shaped like bunny rabbits, crosses, eggs, and wrapped in colorful pastel foil wrappings […]

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Suffering and the Christ of Good Friday

April 14, AD2017 2 Comments
Suffering and the Christ of Good Friday

It has frequently been said that Good Friday is meaningless without Easter Sunday. Certainly this statement is true for, as St. Paul explains, if Christ has not risen, our faith is in vain (cf. 1 Corinthians 15:14). We must not overlook the fact, however, that Easter Sunday is not possible without Good Friday. As much […]

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Candy and Kenosis: The Stuff of Lent

April 8, AD2017 1 Comment
Candy and Kenosis: The Stuff of Lent

As we near the end of this year’s journey through Lent, I would like to lead with my favorite joke involving this special time of the liturgical year: A parish priest was leaving a sick call late one winter night. As he rounded a dark corner, a man jumped out from behind a car and […]

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Hurry Up, Easter!

March 2, AD2017 1 Comment
Hurry Up, Easter!

With the early days of the Lenten season now upon us, perhaps, like me, you already find the prospect of so many weeks ahead until Easter quite daunting. Usually, the First Sunday of Lent has not even arrived and I find myself war weary from the penitential season of Lent. I think by the time […]

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Your Lenten Journey

February 28, AD2017 0 Comments
Your Lenten Journey

On Ash Wednesday Lent will once again be upon us.   Reading about how other Catholics observe the  Lenten season helps me to dig deeper into my spiritual life.  I hope this article serves such a purpose for you. Lent is a crucial time for us. It’s not easy being a Catholic Christian because we are obliged to certain […]

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The Power of Words for Pilgrims of Mercy: The Brilliance of the Resurrection

April 4, AD2016 0 Comments
The Power of Words for Pilgrims of Mercy: The Brilliance of the Resurrection

The joy of Easter should remain with us beyond the Easter Triduum. In the Jubilee Year of Mercy, the Catholic pilgrim’s words should be full of the love of God, and the hope of the Resurrection each day. Words inspired by mercy, and formed in truth, nudge us toward the living God. As a French […]

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Remember: Catholics Believe Jesus Rose from the Dead

March 29, AD2016 15 Comments
Remember: Catholics Believe Jesus Rose from the Dead

The God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, the God of our ancestors has glorified his servant Jesus, whom you handed over and rejected in the presence of Pilate, though he had decided to release him. But you rejected the Holy and Righteous One and asked to have a murderer […]

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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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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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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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Divine Mercy, a Great Mystery of our Faith

April 17, AD2014 5 Comments
Divine Mercy, a Great Mystery of our Faith

Divine Mercy is a great mystery of our faith. The very God of the universe, the Lord God Almighty, has deemed to humble Himself for all of mankind in order to save us from our sins so that we might have everlasting life with Him. We will never find our true purpose, the fullness of […]

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Easter Changes Everything . . .

April 16, AD2014 3 Comments
Easter Changes Everything . . .

\”Easter changes everything for us, too. We know that life is stronger than death. Love is stronger than hatred. Hope stronger than despair. We know that Christ is risen, and with us\” – Fr. James Martin, S.J A sense of newness blossomed from the doors of Holy Ghost Church in Denver. I sat in the […]

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Conspiracies & Catholicism: Easter Special

April 8, AD2014 8 Comments
Conspiracies & Catholicism: Easter Special

Eostre or Ostara Bede’s Reckoning of Time 15. The English Months In olden time the English people — for it did not seem fitting to me that I should speak of other people’s observance of the year and yet be silent about my own nation’s — calculated their months according to the course of the […]

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Show me your #ashtag

March 19, AD2014 3 Comments
Show me your #ashtag

I started a new job a couple weeks ago, and I happen to be in the office on Wednesday mornings. I walked into my office, sat down at my desk, pulled out my computer and began programs on both my desktop and my laptop. Two Wednesdays ago, as I started my morning “analysis,” #ashtags popped […]

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