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Photograph © by Andy CoanMission Dolores Altar (San Francisco) Photograph © by Andy Coan

The Love Story that Brought Me Home to Jesus

It was a young man who brought me home.  He did it without fanfare and without argument.  He simply lived his faith. And he loved me. I think of that young man whenever I meditate on a crucifix. I see Jesus hanging there, sterile and mostly clean, and I try to imagine what it must have really been like.  I […]

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Catholic Quote of the Day — from Pope Francis

“I ask you, instead, to be revolutionaries, to swim against the tide; yes, I am asking you to rebel against this culture that sees everything as temporary and that ultimately believes that you are incapable of responsibility, that you are incapable of true love.” (Pope Francis) Print this entry

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The Danger of Human Respect

A persistent danger we Catholics face in this declining age is succumbing to the sin of human respect. We live in a climate of narcissistic self-promotion, rampant moral relativism and the constant intolerant call for tolerance of vice. The Catholic Church is diametrically opposed to all three positions and for a Catholic to publicly oppose any one of them is […]

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Daily Lenten Reflection — Love of one’s Neighbor

“He alone loves the Creator perfectly who manifests a pure love for his neighbor” (St. Bede the Venerable). Who is our neighbor? Do we even know our neighbor? In both urban and suburban living, it is clear that we know less about our neighbors than just a generation ago. Sociologists and others who study such things may have many theories […]

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The Pain of Conversion

“Did you experience any loss of friends and family due to your conversion? If you did, how did you get through the grief and loss? Thanks.” The question, from a new Facebook friend, cut me to the heart. As I ponder his words, a rush of memories and emotions flood my mind. The answer to his first question, I assure […]

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Daily Lenten Reflection — God Desires Our Conversion, not Death

“I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but that the wicked turn from his way and live…” (Ezekiel 33:11) Each of us likely has some trait, some habit or behavior that makes it difficult at times to be around us. If you are unsure what it is, you can either take the direct approach and ask others to […]

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Daily Lenten Reflection — In You Alone O God

“But you, Bethlehem-Ephrathah too small to be among the clans of Judah, From you shall come forth for me one who is to be ruler in Israel; Whose origin is from of old, from ancient times” (Micah 5:1). We need to know that in this world of senseless violence that there is meaning to our being and existence and hope […]

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Daily Lenten Reflection — A Pure Heart Create for Me, O God

“A pure heart create for me, O God, put a steadfast spirit within me.” (Psalm 51). Fridays are penitential days for Catholics. Just as we celebrate His Resurrection each Sunday, we recall that it was on a Friday that our Lord suffered His crucifixion, dying on the Cross for each of us. On Fridays, we perform some act of self-denial […]

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Daily Lenten Reflection — Getting Ready for the Challenge

“There are three things which united together conduce to the salvation of man; The Sacrament, The Wilderness, Fasting. No one who has not rightly contended receives a crown, but no one is admitted to the contest of virtue, except first being washed from the stains of all his sins, he is consecrated with the gift of heavenly grace” (St. Ambrose; […]