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Lent : A Time for Transformation

February 20, AD2018 0 Comments
Lent : A Time for Transformation

Lent should be a deep personal encounter with Jesus Christ. It took me a long time to understand that. I suppose that’s because I needed to really want that kind of an encounter with Jesus. Once I decided to actually participate in my spiritual life, everything changed. I began to experience Jesus in a physical […]

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Just Who Are the Wicked Tenants of God’s Vineyard?

February 19, AD2018 0 Comments
Just Who Are the Wicked Tenants of God’s Vineyard?

Are we the “wicked tenants” Jesus speaks of in Mark 12? Who, me? How could that be? I’m a good person. I try to live the right way and follow where Jesus leads me. Maybe. Even so, it could be that we have been the wicked servants. The Parable of the Wicked Tenants In the parable […]

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Household Examens: Habits That Aid Reflection and Invite Grace

January 27, AD2018 0 Comments
Household Examens: Habits That Aid Reflection and Invite Grace

As a wife and mother, I have several little routines which have become touchstones through the days, weeks and years. They are practices that are by no means obligatory, nor done out of superstition or any burden, but which rather add a continuity, simplicity and joy to the passing of time. They remind me that […]

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Does Your Parish Need a Transplant?

January 23, AD2018 27 Comments
Does Your Parish Need a Transplant?

Does the Mystical Body (or at least the portion represented by your parish) need a transplant? Is your parish missing some body parts? It could be, if some members have left for other parishes. St. Paul tells us: As a body is one though it has many parts, and all the parts of the body, […]

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The Story of the Rich Young Man: Is There Hope For Us?

January 15, AD2018 3 Comments
The Story of the Rich Young Man: Is There Hope For Us?

In Mark 10: 17 – 27, a disappointed rich young man walked away from Jesus when He told him what was needed to become perfect.  Strangely enough, I have always been attracted by this passage. My focus, however, is not the obvious message. Instead, I look at what may be the more powerful underlying message of […]

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Path of Renewal

January 13, AD2018 0 Comments
Path of Renewal

According to a reading from the second letter of St. Peter, “We await new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells. … Therefore, … be eager to be found without spot or blemish before Him, at peace” [2 Peter 3:13-14]. In this time of waiting, let us consider ways of renewing our commitment […]

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Finding the Love of a Lifetime

January 7, AD2018 0 Comments
Finding the Love of a Lifetime

  Looking back on my life I can truly say, God has been very patient with me and also very gracious toward me. But it took me quite some time to be able to see and understand that. I was fortunate, while growing up, to have good parents who both had a strong Catholic faith. […]

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The Benedictine Sisters of Virginia: Celebrating 150 Years

January 5, AD2018 0 Comments
The Benedictine Sisters of Virginia: Celebrating 150 Years

  On May 1, 2018, the Benedictine Sisters of Virginia will celebrate their jubilee: that’s 150 years since the first Benedictine sisters, originally from Bavaria, Germany, established a presence in Richmond, VA. What followed is remarkable. Today the Benedictine Sisters of Virginia is a flourishing community that developed right along with the young and growing […]

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As You Go: Bringing Christ to Others in the Present Moment

December 27, AD2017 3 Comments
As You Go:  Bringing Christ to Others in the Present Moment

Jesus sent out these twelve instructing them, … “Go … to the lost sheep … As you go, make this proclamation: ‘The kingdom of heaven is at hand.’ Cure the sick, raise the dead, cleanse lepers, drive out demons (Matthew 10:5-8). I am so little, so sinful and broken. Yet my heart longs to serve […]

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Advent: A Time for Being Molded in Love

December 22, AD2017 0 Comments
Advent: A Time for Being Molded in Love

Recently before the start of Mass, I was going over the readings. Though I don’t normally pay attention to the reflection above the first reading, this time I took notice. It said Advent is a time to prepare. “Advent is significantly shorter this year. Last year Advent began on November 27; this year it begins […]

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Detached: Cutting the Threads That Hold Us Back from God

December 17, AD2017 0 Comments
Detached: Cutting the Threads That Hold Us Back from God

Can I be detached from the things of this world? Can I love God first and foremost, and be detached from anything that gets in the way of my loving Him? Do I truly and really want only His will in my life? These questions pose significant challenges for us (at least they have for […]

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How Much Manna Are You Gathering?

December 9, AD2017 3 Comments
How Much Manna Are You Gathering?

For those who are new to the Catholic Church, as well as those who’ve been a part for decades, there are many mysteries of our faith we are unable to understand. This is especially true for me. I am currently going through RCIA classes for the third time. I decided the Church wasn’t for me […]

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True Growth Entails Learning to Give Through Self-sacrifice

December 7, AD2017 1 Comment
True Growth Entails Learning to Give Through Self-sacrifice

My mother was 43 and a-half years old when I was born. I was told that her pregnancy was very difficult. Without proper medical care, she, as well as I, might not have made it. Obviously, God had other ideas because both my mother and I did indeed make it through just fine. But as […]

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Monica’s Miseries and Fortitude’s Strength

December 3, AD2017 0 Comments
Monica’s Miseries and Fortitude’s Strength

These days we hear a lot about “snowflakes.” These are young adults who must be protected from the least slight, whether real or imagined. Fortitude is the virtue that opposes this weakness. In one word, fortitude is strength. But of what kind? Fortitude has two sides: courage and toughness. Courage is the strength that one […]

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Ready, Set, GO! Marian Consecration, Living Divine Mercy, and Baptism in the Holy Spirit for Our Times

November 28, AD2017 6 Comments
Ready, Set, GO!   Marian Consecration, Living Divine Mercy, and Baptism in the Holy Spirit for Our Times

One hundred years ago, the Blessed Mother came to three shepherd children in Portugal in a series of apparitions we call by the name of the town in which she appeared: Fatima. At the time of these apparitions, fifteen hundred miles away in the heart of the Church, St. Maximilian Kolbe was studying in Rome […]

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Lessons In Living Out God’s Call For You

November 7, AD2017 3 Comments
Lessons In Living Out God’s Call For You

Let’s imagine a scenario that may be all too familiar to many of us. It’s about living the American dream. John had always dreamed of becoming a doctor. He loved biology in high school, and received his degree in the same field of study in college. He graduated at the top of his class from […]

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When’s the Last Time You Were Told, “Follow Me?”

November 7, AD2017 0 Comments
When’s the Last Time You Were Told, “Follow Me?”

Out of all the commandments, we are given throughout Scripture, there is one that smacks me in the face multiple times every day. While most of them are pretty cut and dry, Jesus’ words, “Follow me,” is a commandment I contemplate on a daily basis. While each of us is called to follow Jesus as […]

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Get Out of Your Own Way and Let God Lead You

November 3, AD2017 1 Comment
Get Out of Your Own Way and Let God Lead You

Not all that long ago, when I was not as well off as I am today, I was in the detox unit at a local hospital. I was recovering from withdrawal and feeling pretty low, both physically and emotionally. But God’s plan for me was developing nonetheless. I remember a nurse coming into my room […]

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Imitate John the Baptist – Friend of the Bridegroom

November 3, AD2017 0 Comments
Imitate John the Baptist – Friend of the Bridegroom

When John the Baptist’s disciples are disturbed that Jesus’ disciples are baptizing people and Christ is increasing in importance, they come to their master to complain. John then reveals his role in salvation history. “He who has the bride is the bridegroom. The friend of the bridegroom, who stands and hears him, rejoices greatly at […]

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Poor in Spirit or a Poverty Spirit

October 22, AD2017 0 Comments
Poor in Spirit or a Poverty Spirit

The name of a single fictional character captures the image of what most people consider the epitome of greed- Scrooge! Ebenezer Scrooge, the central character of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, showcases this sin in exquisite detail and depth.  Scrooge exhibits all the outward signs of greed we commonly think of: gaining at the expense […]

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What Happens When We Don’t Pray?

October 22, AD2017 2 Comments
What Happens When We Don’t Pray?

“In prayer you become one with the source of our true light – Jesus Himself.” Pope Saint John Paul II I never had much of an intentional prayer life outside of the rosary until this year, when I discovered Ignatian spirituality and contemplative prayer. This form of imaginative prayer has been a rich experience for […]

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Prayer: A Learning Process

October 21, AD2017 1 Comment
Prayer: A Learning Process

Prayer is how I began to know God. Before that, my relationship with Him was mediocre at best. I was raised Catholic, and God was very much central in our lives and in my upbringing, but formal prayer was not something I even thought about. I prayed a few prayers before bed out of respect […]

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Some Things Are Better Left Unsaid

October 9, AD2017 5 Comments
Some Things Are Better Left Unsaid

I like the adage: “Some things are better left unsaid”. But I have a hard time following it, especially when I am in one of my darker moods and in an intense “discussion” with my wife. For instance, I’ll say something that aggravates her and she will bring up divorce. “I don’t know why we […]

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The Lesson on Self-Sacrifice I Learned From a Seed my Father Planted

October 7, AD2017 1 Comment
The Lesson on Self-Sacrifice I Learned From a Seed my Father Planted

I remember once, back in the early 1990’s, I was riding in the car with my father, who was driving me home from my job at the U.S. Postal Service. He was talking about how he never really had a father-son relationship with his own father. Then he said something I’ll never forget. He said, […]

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