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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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Striving to Live Worthy of His Call

October 6, AD2017 0 Comments
Striving to Live Worthy of His Call

In today’s culture getting married young may not be frowned upon, but it certainly isn’t very common. Recently, my fiancé and I, both in our early 20s, went on our engagement weekend, which was part of our marriage prep through the Church. There must have been 20-30 couples there, and I am almost positive we […]

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Clutching at Relevance and Grasping at Control: Willful Submission to the Information Overlord

September 28, AD2017 7 Comments
Clutching at Relevance and Grasping at Control:  Willful Submission to the Information Overlord

Contrary to what I know to be the right thing to do, I have a stubborn tendency to dwell too much in the world, being drawn into different media under the false pretense of, “staying informed.” However the more I read and watch, the less peace I have. The more supposed “knowledge” I gain, the […]

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Accepting God’s Blessings in Your Life

September 18, AD2017 0 Comments
Accepting God’s Blessings in Your Life

I’ve had an extraordinarily good year. By any rational standard, every year of my life has been good, but this year in particular I have experienced a measure of personal and professional success that has been, to say the least, deeply gratifying. I took this matter to God in prayer because I realized I was […]

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“It’s Hard to be Humble”

September 17, AD2017 2 Comments
“It’s Hard to be Humble”

In 1975, singer Mac Davis released a song entitled “It’s Hard to be Humble”.  The lyrics of this tongue-in-cheek song brought crowds to laughter, yet, they certainly struck uncomfortably close to home.  The crowds would merrily sing along as Davis crooned: “Oh, Lord it’s hard to be humble, when you’re perfect in every way/ I can’t […]

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Five First Saturdays – A Devotion for These Times

September 15, AD2017 2 Comments
Five First Saturdays – A Devotion for These Times

On December 10, 1925, Our Lady appeared to Sister Maria Lucia of Jesus and of the Immaculate Heart, in her convent. Sister Lucia was one of the three shepherd children to whom Our Lady had appeared in 1917, at Fatima. Our Lady told Sister Lucia, “I promise to assist at the hour of death with […]

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Have You Ever Lost Faith?

September 11, AD2017 3 Comments
Have You Ever Lost Faith?

I think at one point or another, each of us struggles with our faith. Regardless if it’s the result of an event, the influence of another person, or even just spending too much time in our own heads, it can lead us to questions that seem impossible to answer. This can happen at any age […]

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Petulant Children Seeking Patience

September 10, AD2017 1 Comment
Petulant Children Seeking Patience

“The virtue of patience is the one which most assures us of perfection.” -St. Francis de Sales Patience, where have you gone? I’m trying so hard to find you as this dear little one settles down for a nap, but his incessant whimpering for ‘mama’ is difficult to ignore. All of my tried and true […]

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Saints Are Our Friends in a Really High Place

September 7, AD2017 2 Comments
Saints Are Our Friends in a Really High Place

Praying to the saints to intercede on our behalf is a particularly Catholic belief. It is a teaching and tradition that has been practiced for centuries in the church. The Catechism of the Catholic Church helps us to understand how the saints can be of help to us. The intercession of the saints.    “Being […]

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Peacemakers: The Seventh Beatitude

September 1, AD2017 1 Comment
Peacemakers: The Seventh Beatitude

A peacemaker can make enemies friends. Peacemaking and Friendship Friendship is at the root of everything good. Once God creates a person like you or me, that person is made to live in a state of friendship. And because he is made to, he ought to live up to his calling. But friendship with whom? […]

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The Power of Patience and Persevering Prayer

August 27, AD2017 1 Comment
The Power of Patience and Persevering Prayer

With modern technology, we have become accustomed to receiving answers immediately. Long silences often make us anxious and frustrated. We become impatient and fail to understand why there is a delay in receiving a response. There are times when our prayers are not answered immediately. No matter how long we pray or how many times […]

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Exposing the Enemy’s Plan

August 19, AD2017 1 Comment
Exposing the Enemy’s Plan

  “If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle.”  Sun Tzu- The Art […]

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Why Mary’s Queenship Matters

August 18, AD2017 3 Comments
Why Mary’s Queenship Matters

The Glorious Mysteries of the Rosary conclude with two events, the Assumption of Mary into heaven, and her Coronation as Queen of all Creation (meaning everything in the universe). The Church recently celebrated the Assumption on August 15 and her Coronation follows next week, on August 22. The imagery used in the Catechism to document […]

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What They Didn’t Tell Me About the Church

August 10, AD2017 1 Comment
What They Didn’t Tell Me About the Church

I entered the Catholic Church in 2010, but my wife and I turned slowly away from the popular ideological goals and dreams of this world a few years before that. She has leapt ahead of me now in this progress towards eternity, which is fitting as she also lead me in life by her understanding […]

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Some Thoughts on Going to Confession

August 6, AD2017 0 Comments
Some Thoughts on Going to Confession

It is something that Catholics are told they must do and are urged to do frequently from the very beginning of their faith formation. Sadly, today, many Catholics are not doing it all. It is the act of going to a Priest and confessing their sins in order to receive forgiveness for those sins. Whether […]

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Peter on the Water: An Example of Seeking the Lord

August 5, AD2017 0 Comments
Peter on the Water: An Example of Seeking the Lord

One of my favorite Gospel stories is where Peter walks on water as it’s a beautiful meeting of the human and divine. In it, we see Peter’s desire to draw near to the Lord and the Lord’s provision for Peter to come to him via a seemingly impossible path. The story provides an example for […]

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