Be Confident (1/7)
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Be Confident (1/7)

“We can never have too much confidence in the good God. He is so mighty and merciful. As we hope in Him, so will we receive.” -Saint Thérèse of Lisieux, the Little Flower (+1897)

January 7, 2020January 7, 2020by
Jesus’ Hidden Life (1/6)
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Jesus’ Hidden Life (1/6)

Most of Jesus’ life among us is shrouded in ordinariness. Nazareth is otherwise unremarkable. Jesus’ simple living displays the importance of everyday experience as the pathway for holiness. Let ordinary living be the pathway toward holiness by shaping it to resemble Jesus’ hidden years: keep God in everything you do and practice charity with everyone.

January 6, 2020January 6, 2020by
Epiphany of Our Lord (1/4)
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Epiphany of Our Lord (1/4)

Epiphany means manifestation. The splendid Christmastime feast we celebrate today marks God’s daring to make Himself know to everyone of all ages. “We saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him” (Matthew 2:2b ESV-CE). The star of the show is JESUS. They saw the star and set out immediately. Excuses did...

January 4, 2020January 4, 2020by
Pray Always (1/2)
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Pray Always (1/2)

Our blessed Lord Jesus minces no words when He says, “Pray always.” Of course, He is not speaking merely to a few disciples in distant times, but to all Christians throughout the ages. Because He never requires the impossible, it is for us to take His instruction to heart and live it ourselves. Committed followers...

January 2, 2020January 2, 2020by
Mary, Mother of God (1/1/20)
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Mary, Mother of God (1/1/20)

This short verse from today’s Gospel tells us a great deal about Our Lady. “Mary treasured up all these things, pondering them in her heart” (Luke 2:19 ESV-CE). Mary contemplates the wonderful things that are coming true with the birth of her divine Son. She studies them, considers them, ponders them and stores them in...

January 1, 2020January 1, 2020by
Waiting For God – John the Baptist (12/7)
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Waiting For God – John the Baptist (12/7)

This weekend, the Gospel brings the figure of John the Baptist right before us (Matthew 13:1-12). Tall though haggard, John sports the latest in camel hair with locusts and wild honey as his food, John wants only to be a voice drawing the attention of everyone toward another who nears: “Prepare the way of the Lord!”...

December 7, 2019December 7, 2019by
Religious Practice Benefits (12/6)
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Religious Practice Benefits (12/6)

A short piece published in today’s Wall Street Journal cited some findings from a recent study completed by Harvard researchers accenting the measurable benefits of attending weekly religious service. • Children or teens attending a religious service at least once per week scored higher on psychological well-being measurements and had lower risks of mental illness....

December 6, 2019December 6, 2019by
Two Houses (12/5)
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Two Houses (12/5)

In today’s Gospel, Jesus tells the story of two houses (Matthew 7:21, 24-27). While they look equally impressive, one quickly crumbles as a result of a storm’s fury. The other withstood the mighty challenge. Stability and safety is found to the degree we set our sights steadily on Jesus. Sincerely seek to identify your will...

December 5, 2019December 5, 2019by
Mercy Works (12/4)
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Mercy Works (12/4)

Christians know mercy is received from God in measure we extend it to those whom we encounter. It always begins with the compassion we show to those whom God has placed alongside us – family and close friends. Some works of mercy are decisively spiritual in nature. It is a duty and privilege to: Correct...

December 4, 2019December 4, 2019by
Make Space for Beauty (12/2)
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Make Space for Beauty (12/2)

As a divine attribute, of course beauty stirs the soul. It properly allures and captivates. Whatever the resplendent form – architecture, art, music, nature, literature, trusted friendship, conversation with God – when beauty is recognized it elicits wonder and awe within the beholder. Time stops, worries disappear, self-promotion ceases. It both surprises and consoles. It...

December 2, 2019December 2, 2019by