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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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Call Me Interruptible: Finding Grace in the Unexpected

March 17, AD2017 0 Comments
Call Me Interruptible: Finding Grace in the Unexpected

There is a wonderful song written by Sammy Cahn and made famous by Frank Sinatra titled “Call Me Irresponsible.”  The singer plaintively begins with “Call me irresponsible. Call me unreliable. Throw in undependable, too.” But the ending melodically makes clear that “it’s undeniably true, that I’m irresponsibly mad for you.” A Visit from the Savior […]

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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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5 Conversations You Can Have with God

March 12, AD2017 2 Comments
5 Conversations You Can Have with God

Every Lent, I spend some time contemplating how I might devote more time to prayer, fasting, or almsgiving. These habits I work on throughout these forty days of Lent have had remarkable sticking power in the past.  Even though I pray every day and often, I wondered if learning more about prayer would help me […]

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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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True Love Says ‘I Will Suffer For You And I Will Suffer With You’

March 5, AD2017 0 Comments
True Love Says ‘I Will Suffer For You And I Will Suffer With You’

  A few weeks ago, my husband and I had the pleasure of attending a dinner for married couples at a neighboring parish. Called the Cana Dinner – after the Wedding Feast at Cana where Our Lord instituted the sacrament of marriage – the dinner was a chance to renew our vows and deepen our […]

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Silence Can Be A Sinful Form of Bullying

March 4, AD2017 3 Comments
Silence Can Be A Sinful Form of Bullying

Although popular wisdom proclaims silence is golden, in some circumstances silence can also be a form of bullying. As humans, our basic needs go beyond sustenance and shelter for our mortal bodies. God has endowed us with an intrinsic need for love as well. Communication becomes a vehicle for that love. We live our lives yearning […]

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To Enter the Dance with Jesus

February 21, AD2017 0 Comments
To Enter the Dance with Jesus

One of the various middle school responsibilities for teachers includes chaperoning a middle school dance at which no one ever dances. After weeks of exciting gossip in the hall, texting among friends, decision-making about clothes and who’s going with whom, the event itself never measures up to its anticipation. Oh, there may be one or […]

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The Spark in The Thin Red Line: Why I Remain Catholic

February 9, AD2017 2 Comments
The Spark in The Thin Red Line: Why I Remain Catholic

One of my favorite movies, if not my favorite of all time, is Terrence Malick’s The Thin Red Line. I watched this movie in my senior year of college, with my beautiful wife (we had been married for about three months at that point) and my fellow classmates, for a class on Terrence Malick’s films. […]

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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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Weak Love and Moral Culpability in Shusaku Endo’s Silence

January 28, AD2017 3 Comments
Weak Love and Moral Culpability in Shusaku Endo’s Silence

Shusaku Endo’s novel Silence, of which a film adaptation by Martin Scorsese shall soon be released, is concerned with the deeply unsettling portrayal of a situation in which one’s faith seems to make irreconcilable demands. Set in 1643, after the Japanese persecution of the Catholic Church forced Catholics underground, Silence recounts the story of Fr. […]

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Relentless Love: Christ’s Message From The Manger To The Cross

January 24, AD2017 0 Comments
Relentless Love: Christ’s Message From The Manger To The Cross

In his classic Mere Christianity, the great Christian author C.S. Lewis writes that God’s love for us is a relentless love, meaning that it continues and does not ebb and flow as our own virtues and vices so often do.  God does not merely love us when we are good, or when we remember or even […]

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DESIRE

January 18, AD2017 1 Comment
DESIRE

This very word – DESIRE – stirs something within our hearts: For some it brings up passion and hope, for others it brings up pain and despair, and within others it stirs feelings of fear and concern. The very word desire comes from the Latin root words De Sire, which literally means “Of the Father”. If […]

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Feminists Just Don’t Understand Why We Are Here

January 6, AD2017 6 Comments
Feminists Just Don’t Understand Why We Are Here

Whenever we hear the term “stay-at-home” mom or “housewife,” we picture a woman whose life revolves around her kids. We all know the stereotype. The stereotypical stay-at-home mom or housewife is a woman whose sole mission in life is to serve her children and husband. Sadly, such a woman has no life aspirations or goals.  […]

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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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Mary’s Emptiness in the Immaculate Conception

November 28, AD2016 1 Comment
Mary’s Emptiness in the Immaculate Conception

There are numerous jokes and memes about the unique situations Mary may have found herself because of the divinity of her son such as Mary telling the Child Jesus to get in the bathwater, not just walk on it. As we celebrate the feast of the Immaculate Conception, I have always wondered about the unique […]

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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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Faith, Doubt, and Analysis Paralysis in The Exorcist

November 8, AD2016 0 Comments
Faith, Doubt, and Analysis Paralysis in The Exorcist

Most stories about exorcism following in the wake of William Peter Blatty’s novel The Exorcist (and its film adaptation) tend to portray the Catholic Church as some sort of Justice League fighting the forces of darkness. They clumsily point to the existence of grotesque demonic forces as proof for God’s existence. Blatty however, shows more sophistication. He […]

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The Faithful Departed: A Reflection

November 1, AD2016 2 Comments
The Faithful Departed: A Reflection

You drive down an Illinois country blacktop, passing fields of corn and soybeans, sometimes winter wheat or an occasional cattle ranch or dairy farm. As you approach a country town, you don’t see its white, clapboard homes. You see a forest ahead of you—vigorous maples, elms that have somehow survived Dutch elm disease, and oaks. […]

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