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Tag: Holy Spirit

Three Chords and the Truth: Angels and Humans

November 6, AD2017 1 Comment
Three Chords and the Truth: Angels and Humans

Back in the 1950’s, Harlan Howard coined the phrase “Three chords and the truth” about the simplicity and directness of country music. While this description doesn’t define the entire genre, the point he was making was that the simple, direct way of conveying a story is a hallmark of a good country song. Angels and […]

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A Devotional: Prayers of Aspiration

November 5, AD2017 0 Comments
A Devotional:  Prayers of Aspiration

“Blessed be God forever! Amen and Amen.” Psalm 89:52 Prayers of Aspirations  Life can be busy for many of us each day.  Whether we are young or old, rich or poor, time is a gift we are all searching for.  Sometimes time goes slowly and we are waiting patiently for God.  Sometimes we are constantly in […]

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Unprofitable Servant? More Like a Loss Leader! How Jesus Can Use My Meager Offerings

October 27, AD2017 0 Comments
Unprofitable Servant? More Like a Loss Leader! How Jesus Can Use My Meager Offerings

I Am a Loss Leader! Way back in the 1980s I was a marketing student. There was a common business term in those days, “loss leader.” It referred to a product that was highly promoted and sold below market value in order to get more customer traffic into the store. The strategy was used in […]

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Understanding the Holy Spirit Through the Life of the Virgin Mary

October 15, AD2017 1 Comment
Understanding the Holy Spirit Through the Life of the Virgin Mary

As we look at Holy Spirit in the life of the Virgin Mary I want you to think about what our Catechism says at the start of its section on Mary “What the Catholic faith believes about Mary is based on what it believes about Christ, and what it teaches about Mary illumines, in turn, […]

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“The Desire for God Is Written In The Human Heart”

September 4, AD2017 4 Comments
“The Desire for God Is Written In The Human Heart”

The Desire in Our Hearts for God The Catechism of the Catholic articulates man’s desire for God: “The desire for God is written in the human heart, because man is created by God and for God, and God never ceases to draw man to himself. Only in God will he find the truth and happiness […]

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50 Years Later – The Influence of Benedictine Monks and Nuns

August 24, AD2017 0 Comments
50 Years Later – The Influence of Benedictine Monks and Nuns

People recounted incidents from the good old days. Embellishments were, of course, a part of the tales, some of which have grown in size and dramatic impact over time. Nevertheless, old friends spent a big part of the weekend catching up with one another. Some hadn’t seen one another in many years. The occasion was […]

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There Is Power In The Act of Contrition

August 6, AD2017 22 Comments
There Is Power In The Act of Contrition

The Prayer of Forgiveness The Act of Contrition is the prayer we, as Catholics, pray after we confess our sins during the Sacrament of Reconciliation. I like this common prayer: My God, I am sorry for my sins with all my heart. In choosing to do wrong and failing to do good, I have sinned […]

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The Magisterium and the Dilemma of Dissent

August 3, AD2017 26 Comments
The Magisterium and the Dilemma of Dissent

There used to be a time when many of the world’s Catholic Christians submitted to the Church’s vision of faith and morals. The teaching authority of the Church was respected and trusted by Catholics the world over. However, the 21st century is a different time. There are more baptized Catholics now than ever before. Sadly, […]

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A Devotional: Praying for Our Enemies

July 7, AD2017 2 Comments
A Devotional: Praying for Our Enemies

“But I say to you: Love your enemies. Do good to those who hate you. And pray for those who persecute and slander you.” –Matthew 5:44  Praying for Your Enemies Attending Daily Mass recently, I listened to the Gospel and heard a homily about forgiving and loving our enemies. I have heard many homilies on […]

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Bebop Catholicism and the Charismatic Renewal

June 30, AD2017 13 Comments
Bebop Catholicism and the Charismatic Renewal

Bebop Catholicism. Never heard of it? I just coined the phrase. I was watching the YouTube video of “Jazz on a Summers Day 1958”. It was beautiful. The filmography, the sound, the artists, the diversity of people racially and age wise was pleasantly surprising. It is a snapshot of an idyllic America and it was […]

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The Joy of Pentecost(s)

June 6, AD2017 3 Comments
The Joy of Pentecost(s)

My first novena to the Holy Spirit was in 1974. At that time, I was purely motivated to pray this novena by an infatuation I had for a young lady. She broke off our relationship midway through my novena, but I was still hopeful and persevered to the end. She prayed in tongues, and I […]

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Hope: A Misunderstood Virtue

May 24, AD2017 0 Comments
Hope: A Misunderstood Virtue

We all face difficult moments of darkness and anxiety when things can become difficult. Some may become disillusioned with life and lose hope. During these challenging times, hope can also be misunderstood. We may think that it is having a positive attitude or being optimistic. We may place our hope in things of this world, […]

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The Supernatural Power of Confirmation

May 12, AD2017 9 Comments
The Supernatural Power of Confirmation

In a recent essay, I asked the question:  “Where is the passion and fire within the Church? Where is the passion and fire within me? In this essay, I desire to explore the potential answer: The Supernatural Power of Confirmation. What is Confirmation? If I were to ask you that question how might you answer? Growing […]

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A Devotional: We Have the Victory in Christ

May 4, AD2017 1 Comment
A Devotional: We Have the Victory in Christ

“But thanks be to God, who has given us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” -1 Corinthians 15 Victory in Christ There is much talk today about becoming a more positive person. If you are on social media such as Facebook, Twitter, and other sites, you will see quite a few posts and articles […]

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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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A Devotional: Seeking God During Suffering

March 14, AD2017 0 Comments
A Devotional: Seeking God During Suffering

“And their heart was brought low with hardships. They were weakened, and there was no one to help them.”        Psalm 106:12 In my own life, I have had experienced hurdles which have tested my faith in people. Our hearts can be “brought low,” as the Psalm reads, during trials with others.  Sometimes we may feel there […]

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My Three Me’s

March 11, AD2017 1 Comment
My Three Me’s

Heading south from Orlando to Yeehaw Junction, the Florida Turnpike traverses a vast stretch of real estate inhabited almost exclusively by alligators, herons, snakes, and fish.  It’s a lengthy forty-seven miles across the swamp without a single exit.  Last Thursday, traveling to south Florida to speak at a men’s conference, I found myself stuck in […]

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Our New Sacramental Temple

February 16, AD2017 0 Comments
Our New Sacramental Temple

O God, you are my God, I seek you, my soul thirsts for you. My flesh faints for you, as in a dry and weary land where no water is. So I have looked upon you in the sanctuary, beholding your power and glory. (Psalm 63:1-2) As this passage from Psalm 63 tells us, the ancient Israelites yearned […]

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The Power of Your Smile: St. Teresa of Calcutta

January 31, AD2017 0 Comments
The Power of Your Smile: St. Teresa of Calcutta

Wisdom from a Great Saint St. Teresa of Calcutta was canonized on September 4, 2016, in St. Peter’s Square, Vatican City by Pope Francis. She died on September 5, 1997, and the world anxiously awaited this canonization. One of the greatest themes of St. Teresa’s life was teaching the world the importance of loving others, […]

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Extending Our Joy Past Christmas

December 30, AD2016 1 Comment
Extending Our Joy Past Christmas

Jesus, the Reason for our Joy Another year has passed, and the Christmas Season is here. This is a time of reflection, a time of joy as we celebrate Jesus. We celebrate love brought into the world through the gift of God’s Son to the entire world. Over two thousand years have passed.  The gift of […]

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Terrorism, The Sanctity of Life, and Mercy

December 1, AD2016 0 Comments
Terrorism, The Sanctity of Life, and Mercy

On September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks in New York, Pennsylvania. and Washington D.C shocked the world. We will never forget exactly where we were when it occurred. I had an opportunity recently to view a documentary on the September 11th attacks and it triggered reflections on the value our lives hold in the eyes of God.  […]

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Developing Better Relationships

November 17, AD2016 0 Comments
Developing Better Relationships

Calling on God for Help in Dealing with Others Improving our relationships with others is a work that continues throughout our lives. From the time we are born until the day we die, we deal with other humans. There are many psychological, biological, spiritual and social factors that enter into who we are as men […]

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The Importance of Face-to-Face Relationships

October 31, AD2016 0 Comments
The Importance of Face-to-Face Relationships

Social media has become a staple in our culture. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc. are the main means of communication for many. We use it for social interaction, news, political debates, as well as keeping in touch with family and friends. Admittedly, I use it frequently, and it helps to fulfill some of my need for social […]

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God’s Perspective on Popularity

October 12, AD2016 0 Comments
God’s Perspective on Popularity

Fall, A Time of Change The beginning of the school year is upon us. Families, children, teens, young adults and working adults are in full swing with a new fall schedule. Fall is a time when our lives become different with new changes in schedules and in the weather. It is a beautiful time of […]

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