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Encountering the Word — Matthew 10:28

“And do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul; rather, be afraid of the one who can destroy both soul and body in Gehenna.” (Matthew 10:28) If you liked this scripture passage, please share it with your friends and family using the Share and Recommend buttons below and via email. We value your [...]

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Learning to Accept God’s Will

Not long ago a priest shared some guidance with my wife and me that has been the cause of a great deal of conversation and reflection in our home.  In response to learning that we pray every day about our oldest son’s future and that he be healed of his autism, he encouraged us to pray first for acceptance. Let [...]

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Love and Understanding, not Judgment

Are we only called to share our faith with the faithful?  Evangelize the evangelized?  No, we are supposed to share the joy of our faith with everyone and sometimes that means Catholics who have fallen away from the practice of their faith.  Sometimes it also means talking about our faith with Catholics who are angry and bitter towards the Church.  [...]

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A Most Difficult Question to Answer

When I give talks around the country or sometimes in correspondence with readers of my books or blog posts on Integrated Catholic Life, I am often asked what I mean when I encourage others to “be joyful” and share the “light of Christ” with others.  I am referring to the response I typically give when asked for effective ways to [...]

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Six Obstacles to Catholic Authenticity

Why is it difficult to be the same person at work, home, church and with our friends?  I have observed this problem for several years, but lately I have become more aware of the challenges people have with consistently being “real.”   In a few recent discussions with friends, I received blank stares and perceived a lot of discomfort when [...]

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My NBA D-League Elevator Pitch — New Evangelization in Action!

“Now who is going to harm you if you are enthusiastic for what is good? But even if you should suffer because of righteousness, blessed are you. Do not be afraid or terrified with fear of them, but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts. Always be ready to give an explanation to anyone who asks you for a reason for your [...]

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“I will honor Christ in my heart and try to be authentically Catholic all the year.”

One of the most famous Christmas quotes of all time is this one from A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens: “I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year.” Reflecting on this quote has made me think about resolutions a little differently for 2014.  I would like you to join me in a different [...]

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Five Ways Catholics Can Make a Real Difference

“Think about the possibilities if we all made a sincere daily commitment, no matter how small, to make a positive difference in the lives of those around us.” Do we sometimes feel overwhelmed in the face of the relentless assault on the Church, our beliefs, and our families by the media and modern culture? Is it difficult to stand up [...]

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Dads, Do We Have Our Acts Together?

During a recent coffee meeting with a friend, he said, “You seem to have your act together on the fatherhood front.  What’s your secret?”  I was surprised and taken aback because I don’t think I have my act together at all.  I don’t mean that out of false humility.  I pray every day to be a better husband and father [...]

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O Joyful Catholics, Where Are You?

I believe one of the greatest obstacles to evangelization and sharing our faith with others today is that many of us have forgotten how to be joyful. I know when the stresses of the world weigh me down, I struggle to maintain a joyful attitude in the presence of others. We are often so busy with our hectic schedules and [...]