Feast of Christ the King (November 25)
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Feast of Christ the King (November 25)

As a response to the rising secular tide denying God’s absolute and perfect sovereignty over all, the Feast of Christ the King has been celebrated in the universal Church since 1925. Non-Christian dictators in Europe and elsewhere were seeking to assert ultimate authority over peoples, including members of the Church of Christ. This feast especially...

November 20, 2018February 6, 2019by
Doing Simple Things Well
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Doing Simple Things Well

Experiencing terrible difficulties and relentless persecutions, the earliest Christians popularly referred to one another as “the faithful” (cf. Acts 10:45, 2 Cor 6:15, Eph 1:1). Followers of Jesus Christ and members of His Church challenged today in exactly the same fashion: be faithful. Everyone has a good day or two in them. The hallmark of...

November 20, 2018March 28, 2019by
Saint Teresa of Avila
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Saint Teresa of Avila

Saint Teresa of Avila was born in Spain in 1515. Her enduring legacy as a Christian reformer, spiritual guide and mystic cannot be overstated. She died in Avila in 1582. Pope Saint Paul VI declared her a Doctor of the Church in 1970. For Teresa, we pray in order that we may encounter the living...

October 15, 2018March 28, 2019by
Speak Kindly (9/19)
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Speak Kindly (9/19)

Mom and dad insisted that if you don’t have anything good to say then don’t say anything. They smartly knew how irritated comments ever so easily lead to gossip and slander. Intentional disciples – that is, mature Christians – savor the joyful delights of meeting everyone along their way.

September 19, 2018March 28, 2019by
How Do You Pray?
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How Do You Pray?

“I pray like children who do not know how to read, I say very simply to God what I wish to say, without composing beautiful sentences, and He always understands me” (Saint Thérèse of Lisieux) Prayer is conversation with God. We talk and listen to Him simply and sincerely, easily and constantly.    

September 11, 2018March 28, 2019by
On Prayer
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On Prayer

In today’s Gospel, the evangelist Luke is inspired to explain that, “Jesus departed to the mountain to pray” (Luke 6:12). Those who pattern their lives after Jesus and dare to pray faithfully without losing heart become the very pillars preventing the collapse of the whole world. Prayer fortifies us. It helps us to see things...

September 11, 2018March 28, 2019by
Do Not Fear
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Do Not Fear

“Say to the fearful of heart: Be strong, do not fear!” (Isaiah 35:4) Scripture asserts that fear is the greatest obstacle to faith. Sometimes, it is fear of what others will think of us. Other times, it is a fear of changing my way of living. Still other times, it is a fear of what...

September 10, 2018March 28, 2019by
Forging Deeper Friendship
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Forging Deeper Friendship

Our Catholic Faith starts with friendship; namely, friendship forged with Jesus Christ. We acknowledge Jesus as our Lord, Savior and Messiah and dare to do so as His friends. We learn God’s ways for us from Him and encounter Him through the Holy Sacraments He established for His Church. Jesus alone offers us His Body...

September 4, 2018March 28, 2019by
Reflections on the Church Scandal – Part 2
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Reflections on the Church Scandal – Part 2

Jesus then said, “Do you also want to leave?” (John 6:67). Our blessed Lord poises this question to us all and in this moment His words are marked by a particular urgency. 1) From the beginning, the devil has sought to devour and destroy humanity who God dared to fashion in the divine image. Jesus...

August 31, 2018March 28, 2019by
Reflection on the Church Scandal – Part 1
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Reflection on the Church Scandal – Part 1

Like all of you I am sickened to the core by the heinous revelations of sexual abuse by clerics and horrendous cover-up by bishops and high ranking prelates. The height and depth of criminal behaviors and blanket of evil deceit is repulsive, detestable and monstrous Like you I am especially heart-broken for the innocent ones...

August 31, 2018March 28, 2019by