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Edel Quinn: An Unlikely Missionary

July 18, AD2017 0 Comments
Edel Quinn: An Unlikely Missionary

Edel Quinn was an unlikely missionary and servant of God. Young, single, female, and knowingly living out her last few years with an incurable case of tuberculosis, she set out from Ireland for Africa in 1936 to continue her evangelization work in the wilds of Africa. Incredibly, none of these were obstacles to Edel, who […]

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Wisdom About Suffering from St. Paul and St. Frances de Sales

July 13, AD2017 1 Comment
Wisdom About Suffering from St. Paul and St. Frances de Sales

There are many painful experiences that are a part of our lives this side of heaven. These can be emotional such as disappointment, heartache, betrayal, sadness, loneliness, frustration, righteous anger and indignation. Or they can be physical sufferings from disease or injury, from torture, starvation or various other trials. The pain can be intensified when […]

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The Sin Problem

July 12, AD2017 5 Comments
The Sin Problem

“Sign, sign, everywhere a sign Blockin’ out the scenery, breakin’ my mind Do this, don’t do that, can’t you read the sign?” Five Man Electric Band- Signs, 1970 For many, many Catholics (and non-Catholic Christians) the lyrics above sum up their experience in the Church.  For many, Christianity looks like one big, fat rule book. […]

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Wanting Purgatory Now – A Journey Towards Holiness

July 10, AD2017 5 Comments
Wanting Purgatory Now – A Journey Towards Holiness

There are a number of things that distinguish Catholics from Protestant Christians.  One of these things is a belief in purgatory. Protestants think that simply accepting Jesus Christ as their savior (Solus Christus, Sola fide) guarantees that they will go to straight to heaven. Catholic Doctrine, however, says there are no guarantees. Purgatory might best be described […]

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5 Reasons To Pray For Your Spouse

July 3, AD2017 1 Comment
5 Reasons To Pray For Your Spouse

  Prayer is one the deepest ways we show our love – to God, to our family, to the world. From childhood, many of us experience religious tradition through prayer in the Mass and in family prayer time. It is one of the staples of being Christian. St. Thérèse of Lisieux believed that prayer was […]

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The Mediocrity of Apathy

July 2, AD2017 5 Comments
The Mediocrity of Apathy

I have been pondering what seems to be the tension between loving the sinner and following the law.  Often times we call people Pharisees if they believe the law should be followed.  But there is a distinction between people who have love in their hearts and follow the law, and those who only follow the […]

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The Fifth Beatitude: Mercy

July 1, AD2017 0 Comments
The Fifth Beatitude: Mercy

Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy. For the past five months I’ve been writing about the Beatitudes in order to understand them better. We can hear something hundreds of times without its meaning ever sinking in or becoming knowledge. For a long time the Beatitudes seemed like white noise to me. But […]

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Hope and Why the Little Things Matter in the Big Picture

June 27, AD2017 1 Comment
Hope and Why the Little Things Matter in the Big Picture

“If you want to change the world, make your bed.” No, these ‘words of wisdom’ are not my mom’s. This is lesson #1 on Retired Navy Seal and Commander of the US Special Forces Admiral William H. McRaven’s list of 10 Life Lessons. McRaven outlined his 10 Life Lessons in a 2014 commencement speech delivered […]

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Finding Your True Self in Marian Devotion

June 18, AD2017 7 Comments
Finding Your True Self in Marian Devotion

I have written before that my spiritual life is owed to Mary. A few years ago, after a long period of lapsed faith, I felt suddenly called to pray the Rosary, which was followed by daily Mass attendance, then Confirmation into the Church, and the rest, as they say, is history. It is impossible for […]

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The Deadly Cancer of Anger

June 14, AD2017 5 Comments
The Deadly Cancer of Anger

“This deadly cancer of anger… makes us unlike ourselves, makes us like timber wolves or furies from Hell, drives us forth headlong upon the points of swords, makes us blindly run forth after other men’s destruction as we hasten toward our own ruin.” This quote by St. Thomas More goes a long way to explain […]

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Your True North

June 6, AD2017 1 Comment
Your True North

  Many today are getting lost amongst the busy consumer culture, bogged down with appearing successful and fitting in with those around them. This culture tells us that the newest and fanciest cars will make us happy. It tells us that having a multimillion-dollar home will finally bring us that satisfaction that we have been […]

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God’s Grace Will Overcome Dysfunction

June 3, AD2017 2 Comments
God’s Grace Will Overcome Dysfunction

Dysfunction Is Everywhere Are you dismayed at times by the amount of dysfunction you run into when dealing with other people? Does it seem to you, as it does to me, that there is far too much pain and anxiety mixed in with occasional spurts of joy and peace that many of us encounter? In […]

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Justice Will Make You Happy: The Fourth Beatitude

June 2, AD2017 0 Comments
Justice Will Make You Happy: The Fourth Beatitude

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied. Good Just Lives Our life is morally good or righteous if it is made up of acts of justice. The first three of the Ten Commandments concern justice toward God. Justice toward God is giving Him what is due to him. Thankfully, […]

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Solitude Among Millions

June 1, AD2017 1 Comment
Solitude Among Millions

After dropping off my son at school, I usually go running at the local park. This park is quite unusual in the Los Angeles area. It is covered with huge ancient oak trees, on over 30 acres nestled along the mountains. The recent much needed rain over the winter season has turned the hillsides an […]

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The Struggle for Newly-Wedded Bliss after Marriage

May 29, AD2017 2 Comments
The Struggle for Newly-Wedded Bliss after Marriage

Yesterday my husband and I celebrated our three month anniversary of marriage, and as those three months have passed, I have learned much about the joys and struggles of this sacrament.  Marriage is truly a sacrament of paradoxes: being married feels so natural and brings great interior peace, even though it is very different from […]

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Hope, the Rosary and the Blessed Mother

May 27, AD2017 0 Comments
Hope, the Rosary and the Blessed Mother

If you strengthen your relationship with the Blessed Virgin Mary, you will almost certainly build an even greater relationship with Jesus and the Father. Many clerics and laypeople have written about the importance of Marian Devotion over the years, and undoubtedly many will continue to do so in the future. This may be because there […]

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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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Devotion to Mary Brought Me Closer to God

May 21, AD2017 4 Comments
Devotion to Mary Brought Me Closer to God

I have always had a special attraction to the Blessed Virgin Mary.  Ever since I was a child, there was something about seeing a statue of Mary or her image in a painting that drew me to her. Out of the fullness of revealed truth that is contained in the Catholic Church, I have always […]

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The Father’s Personal Command to Us: Listen to Him

May 13, AD2017 0 Comments
The Father’s Personal Command to Us: Listen to Him

It is very rare in the New Testament that we are given words directly spoken by God the Father so when this happens it should grab our attention. One of the three occasions this occurs is at the Transfiguration. God the Father identifies who Jesus is and then concludes His message with a powerful exhortation […]

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The Third Beatitude: Blessed are the Meek

May 5, AD2017 0 Comments
The Third Beatitude: Blessed are the Meek

Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth. Heartland Each workday I drive thirty miles to and from my teaching job. It’s a pleasant commute, though. Thirty miles of corn, soybean, and wheat fields, with an occasional cattle lot. This time of year, the newly sprouted yellow-green corn blades are beginning to show […]

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