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When It Comes To Our Youth, Silence Is Not Golden

February 22, AD2018 0 Comments
When It Comes To Our Youth, Silence Is Not Golden

Technology is everywhere. These days, one is aware of the unfortunate scenario of individuals sitting around a table, eyes buried in cell phones and other electronic devices. There is the occasional glance upwards, followed by a few words spoken. But, these moments quickly turn back to isolated experiences of happiness and glee. Having been a […]

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The High Priestly Prayer of Jesus

February 21, AD2018 0 Comments
The High Priestly Prayer of Jesus

John 17 contains the longest recorded prayer of Jesus Christ, which he said right after the Last Supper. Jesus, the Eternal High Priest, is in direct conflict with Caiaphas, the Jewish High Priest in the Jerusalem Temple for that year. The Romans had taken over appointing the High Priest from the Jewish Nation, as part […]

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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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John Michael Talbot debuts podcast on Breadbox Media

February 20, AD2018 1 Comment
John Michael Talbot debuts podcast on Breadbox Media

Breadbox Media is pleased to announced that iconic Christian music singer-songwriter  John Michael Talbot has joined the show lineup with his weekly podcast All Things Are Possible with God! John Michael Talbot has a multi-faceted ministry and has been used by our Lord to bless millions of lives for over four decades. He is a […]

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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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The Astounding Humility in Jesus’ Human Nature

February 18, AD2018 0 Comments
The Astounding Humility in Jesus’ Human Nature

Humility is considered by St Augustine to be the foundation of all other virtues – the trait that lays the groundwork on our journey toward holiness. During his own conversion, “he came to see clearly that only a person with humility can follow Christ.” We can often spot when humility is present in someone’s life but […]

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When Your Children Act Up In Church

February 17, AD2018 2 Comments
When Your Children Act Up In Church

  Of all the Sundays at Mass when my husband and have taken turns taking our 2-year-old or 1-year-old out to calm down, one Sunday not too long ago takes the cake. I can hardly count the number of times I’ve wanted to skip going to Mass since becoming a parent. But it was never […]

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The Insidiousness of the Culture of Death

February 16, AD2018 0 Comments
The Insidiousness of the Culture of Death

My mother died on February 26, 2006. She spent most of February in the hospital. When it became clear she was never going home, medical staff suggested we utilize their new inpatient palliative care unit. Mom would be their first patient. We thought she would die more comfortably there, so we agreed. Staff was compassionate. […]

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Modern Stoicism: A Critique

February 15, AD2018 0 Comments
Modern Stoicism: A Critique

Realization of a Trend A few years ago, I first became cognizant of the widespread appeal of stoicism in modern culture at a family reunion. Somehow my cousin and I had both found ourselves outside on my aunt’s patio reading our books. I cannot recall what book had me engrossed, but I do remember that […]

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Why Sex Belongs in Marriage

February 14, AD2018 5 Comments
Why Sex Belongs in Marriage

Sex is great and belongs in marriage. Yet, when it comes to sex, Catholics often get a bad rap. Many people look at our beliefs about sex, specifically our belief that it should be reserved for marriage, and conclude that we are simply puritans who think it’s dirty and needs to be limited as much […]

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Being “Gift” in a “Take” World

February 10, AD2018 0 Comments
Being “Gift” in a “Take” World

The Disease of What’s Best for Me There is a disease rampant in our world today. A disease called “What’s Best for Me.” Entertainment programs are filled with tips on how to make our lives better. How to get the best deal. How to make ourselves look good. How to advance in our careers. How […]

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Acts of the Disciples: Discipleship and Dependent Living

February 10, AD2018 0 Comments
Acts of the Disciples: Discipleship and Dependent Living

Although you won’t find “Acts of the Disciples” in the Bible, every baptized Christian that was, is now, and ever will be could be included in such a work. Discipleship in Christ can be likened to a three-act play: Dependent Living, Independent Living, and Assisted Living. The first “act” would cover the period of time […]

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Our Salvation Journey: Once and Done is Just No Fun!

February 8, AD2018 0 Comments
Our Salvation Journey: Once and Done is Just No Fun!

What does salvation mean? For a good part of my life, this particular doctrine was the subject of countless hours of contemplation and spiritual struggle. For some deep, divine reason salvation was my otherworldly wrestling partner, refusing to be bested, yet somehow still blessing me with its power to name and claim me as its […]

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5 Infallible Ways to Keep the Devil at Bay

February 5, AD2018 1 Comment
5 Infallible Ways to Keep the Devil at Bay

A pronounced feature of the countryside surrounding the beautiful city of Cali, Columbia is a set of three crosses perched atop the mountains to the east. But no one can recall who put them up there, or when. The locals call them simply “Las Tres Cruces” (the Three Crosses). They believe, somewhat superstitiously, that the […]

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Stay Calm In the Midst of Chaos

February 4, AD2018 0 Comments
Stay Calm In the Midst of Chaos

 “Then, if you spend yourself in behalf of others… then your light will rise in the darkness, and your night will become like the noonday,” Isaiah 58:10. Robert Louis Stevenson wrote: “Most of us reflect our surroundings. However, men (and women) with quiet minds cannot be perplexed or frightened; they carry on in times of […]

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Praying for the Families of Divorce

February 2, AD2018 0 Comments
Praying for the Families of Divorce

Family: The Basic Cell of Society Catholic tradition and teaching firmly upholds the great importance and significance of the family as the “basic unit of society”. The family is where we learn to live and to love. Our Lord is with the family, for it is with the family that the whole of society is […]

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The Work of the Sacristan

January 31, AD2018 1 Comment
The Work of the Sacristan

They are not always very obvious but they are not invisible either. Such is the liturgical role of the Sacristan within a parish. Many parishes have a Sacristan, but some do not. But even in those parishes that have one, the Sacristan’s duties may seem mysterious to some observers. The General Instructions of the Roman […]

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There Shall Be One Fold and One Shepherd

January 30, AD2018 1 Comment
There Shall Be One Fold and One Shepherd

My wife and I live in a small city, or actually more of a small to medium sized town with a population just slightly in excess of 29,500.  No matter where we drive in town we can find a few Christian churches – some large, some small, and some tiny storefronts. Out of curiosity, I […]

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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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The Carmelite Cell: A Place of Prayer for All

January 26, AD2018 0 Comments
The Carmelite Cell:  A Place of Prayer for All

A unique and interesting aspect of Carmelite spirituality and prayer is that we do not look to a founder as a guide but to a place. What do I mean? The other great mendicant orders, like the Augustinians, Dominicans, and Franciscans, look at a founder as their lens for approaching Jesus and the spiritual life He […]

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Catholicism is Love

January 25, AD2018 3 Comments
Catholicism is Love

As I wrote a few months ago, I’m very grateful to be Catholic. However, having practiced the Faith (at least on paper) for my whole life, I took a lot of it for granted. Thus, it was only recently that I first pondered the question: what exactly is the Faith? The Church Is Filled With […]

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Living the Liturgical Year: A Bastion against Secularism

January 24, AD2018 1 Comment
Living the Liturgical Year: A Bastion against Secularism

To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted; A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and […]

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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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Moving Toward True Peace

January 19, AD2018 0 Comments
Moving Toward True Peace

Life is just a speck in time, it passes us by so quickly. There is a beginning and there is an end, but it is what we do with the time in-between that really matters. It is this time that the Lord has given us to learn what is most important: love. And it is […]

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