July, 2017

"Saint Peter Preaching the Gospel in the Catacombs" by Jan Styka [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

How to Preach Like the Apostles

I have always loved the Acts of the Apostles and have often recommended it to those who are approaching the Bible for the first time. Filled with colorful narratives, adventure, martyrdom, persecution, journeys by sea, etc., it makes for stimulating reading indeed. But I love it especially because it shows us the excitement of being a follower of Jesus. Long […]

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Encountering the Word – Psalm 37:7-8

“Be still before the Lord, and wait patiently for him; fret not yourself over him who prospers in his way, over the man who carries out evil devices! Refrain from anger, and forsake wrath! Fret not yourself; it tends only to evil.” (Psalm 37:7-8) Please share on social media. Print this entry

Help! I need Practical Ideas for Living the Faith

For the last several years, there has been an increased interest in practical advice on how to practice their faith.  Certainly, the uncertainty and growing chaos in the secular world have something to do with this. More recently, we have seen more obvious clashes between our culture and our Church. We can look back through Salvation History and see the pattern. The […]

St. Maximilian Kolbe, Priest and Martyr

Daily Catholic Quote — from St. Maximilian Kolbe

“Let us remember that love lives through sacrifice and is nourished by giving. Without sacrifice, there is no love.” (St. Maximilian Kolbe) The Memorial of St. Maximilian Kolbe, Priest and Martyr (1894 – 1941) is August 14. Please share on social media. Print this entry

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Is the Kingdom of God Liberal or Conservative? Old or New?

How does the Kingdom of God relate to conservative versus liberal values?  Should those seeking the pearl of great price look for it in realms that are more traditionalist and old or more progressive and new? Reflection on the Mass readings for the Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year A) — First Kings 3:5, 7-12; Psalms 119:57, 72, 76-77, 127-12; Romans […]

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The Power of a Habit

Last week my entire immediate family—8 adults, 8 kids—spent the week together on vacation. My sister is a Dominican Sister of St. Cecilia, or as they’re more commonly known, a “Nashville Dominican.” The Nashville Dominicans are recognizable by their full white habits and long black veils. When friends and family heard we were all going on vacation together—even Sister—we were […]

Pope St. John Paul II

Daily Catholic Quote — from Saint John Paul II

“According to the plan of God, marriage is the foundation of the wider community of the family, since the very institution of marriage and conjugal love are ordained to the procreation and education of children, in whom they find their crowning.”  (Pope St. John Paul II, Familiaris consortio #14, Apostolic Exhortation, 22 November 1981) The Optional Memorial of St. John […]

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Encountering the Word — Galatians 2:19-20

“For through the law I died to the law, that I might live for God. I have been crucified with Christ; yet I live, no longer I, but Christ lives in me; insofar as I now live in the flesh, I live by faith in the Son of God who has loved me and given himself up for me” (Galatians […]