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Grabbing the Lion of Judah’s Tail

April 16, AD2017 1 Comment
Grabbing the Lion of Judah’s Tail

As we approach Holy Week, Lent has steadily moved us to the edges of ourselves.  Yet, we can miss one of the most important elements of the Christian life if we overlook an element of Jesus’ identity that comes into particular focus as we enter Holy Week.   We focus a great deal on the […]

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A Reflection on the Last Words of Christ

April 12, AD2017 4 Comments
A Reflection on the Last Words of Christ

The words Christ spoke on the cross are some of the most important in history. Because of how important His Passion was, every word He said was uttered with purpose and significance, such as fulfilling the Messianic prophecies or giving a just reward to the good thief. I am very far from the first and […]

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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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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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Submariners, St. Joseph, and Lent

March 28, AD2017 2 Comments
Submariners, St. Joseph, and Lent

Lent is often a struggle for me. Trying to find just the right ways to prepare can sometimes leave me unsettled. What should I give up? How much time should I spend in prayer? How much should I donate? Who should I give it to? What else could I be doing? How do I know […]

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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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The Thirst of Jesus

March 24, AD2017 2 Comments
The Thirst of Jesus

The last words a person says before dying are cherished by those who care for him or her. They are always remembered and reflect upon, since they reveal what that individual considered to be truly important. During someone’s final moments, the little time and energy left are dedicated to addressing what is most precious in […]

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Soften Our Hearts of Stone and Help Us Repent

March 19, AD2017 2 Comments
Soften Our Hearts of Stone and Help Us Repent

Most Christians know the story of Jonah being swallowed by the whale but I wonder how many recall just how and why it came about. Jonah got swallowed by the whale because he was a disobedient prophet who rejected his divine commission to tell the people of Nineveh to repent. Jonah was told by God […]

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Let Me Kill It: The Violence of Being More Ethical Than Your Society

March 19, AD2017 1 Comment
Let Me Kill It: The Violence of Being More Ethical Than Your Society

Especially important is the warning to avoid conversations with the demon… So don’t listen to him. Remember that – do not listen. -William Peter Blatty, The Exorcist There a is quotation attributed to Eliezer Yudkowski, a researcher in the field of artificial intelligence, that periodically makes the social media rounds in memetic form (generally without […]

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Seeking a Holy Silence in Lent

March 15, AD2017 2 Comments
Seeking a Holy Silence in Lent

silence “The very best and highest attainment in this life is to remain still and let God act and speak in you.” (Meister Eckhart, 13th-century German Dominican priest and mystic) I’m involved in some personal discernment about my life’s mission. Frankly, it is proving much more challenging than I initially expected. The world is so […]

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The Prodigal Son : A Lenten Story

March 8, AD2017 0 Comments
The Prodigal Son : A Lenten Story

We were told recently at a retreat that if only one piece of Scripture survived in a post-apocalyptic world, the parable of the Prodigal Son would suffice for the propagation of the Gospel. The three main characters, father, son and elder brother portray God’s love and forgiveness in a unique and compelling way. The two […]

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Facing Lent While Recovering From Anorexia

March 8, AD2017 10 Comments
Facing Lent While Recovering From Anorexia

(One of our editors wanted to write about eating disorders and Lent. However, we remembered Anna Rose Meads gave a great explanation two years ago about why fasting from food is a huge “NO” for people suffering from eating disorders)  The fact that National Eating Disorders Awareness Week landed on the first week of Lent is […]

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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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Remember that You are Dust

March 1, AD2017 1 Comment
Remember that You are Dust

“Remember that you are dust and to dust you shall return.” These are the traditional words with which the priest traces the ashes on the foreheads of the faithful on Ash Wednesday. But the Roman Missal gives the priest an option: he can say instead, “Repent and believe in the gospel.” There are also two […]

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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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Lent: A Season of Conversion

February 24, AD2017 0 Comments
Lent: A Season of Conversion

As Lent approaches, we are reminded that this season offers us a new beginning. Pope Francis describes Lent as a “journey of spiritual renewal in the footsteps of Christ.” During this season, we are called to turn our hearts and minds back to God, to return to the Lord who offers us the gift of […]

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I’m a Mystic (And So Are You)

February 19, AD2017 0 Comments
I’m a Mystic (And So Are You)

Earlier this month I participated in my first ever retreat, called “The Retreat in Daily Life.” It was a week-long retreat which took place in tandem with my work day; 30 minutes of prayer on my own in the morning, complemented by 30 minutes of scheduled discussion with a spiritual guide in the afternoon at […]

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Celebrating Ordinary Time Extraordinarily

February 6, AD2017 0 Comments
Celebrating Ordinary Time Extraordinarily

Celebrate Ordinary Time? Why celebrate anything that seems to just fill in the space between Christmas and Easter? The Sacrament of the Moment With all of the bells and whistles associated with these two treasured times of the year, Ordinary Time might seem pale by comparison. On top of that, the “scaling back” of Ordinary […]

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Three Small Lessons (and One Huge One) Learned from Giving Up Complaining for Lent

March 20, AD2016 4 Comments
Three Small Lessons (and One Huge One) Learned from Giving Up Complaining for Lent

I was raised Methodist back in the ’60s and ’70s, and yes, Methodists do Lent. My siblings and I dreaded the coming of the Lenten season because in our family it always meant the same long fast — six solid weeks without candy. Mom chose that particular “giving up” for us, and since she controlled […]

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The Via Crucis: Walking the Passion with Jesus, Part Two

March 17, AD2016 0 Comments
The Via Crucis: Walking the Passion with Jesus, Part Two

Today we are continuing our reflection on the Stations of the Cross (see part one here). Recalling once again that there is far too often a tendency to gloss over these events because we feel that we know them so well. Let us remember that we are here attempting to dig deeper into the mysteries […]

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