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Practical Lessons for a Deeper Faith this Lent

An Invitation to Enter the Desert with Christ As we begin this Lenten season this Wednesday, we are called to enter the desert with Christ; to turn away from sin and towards our God. Many of us realize that we are called to face difficult questions during this penitential season.  The challenge we face is not only for us to ask those […]






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It is a High Adventure that Leads to Glory

“Being a Christian is not about getting to heaven by the skin of your teeth after a life of cautious mediocrity.  It’s about high adventure that leads to glory, but only through perilous battles.” Peter.  Paul.  Isaiah.  Frodo Baggins.  They have more in common than meets the eye. Of course there are differences, too.  Peter is a small business man, […]






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Find out what everyone needs you to do this year

  I had known for some time that I needed to make a retreat.  I had found plenty of excuses not to go—I don’t have time, I don’t have any major decisions to discern right now, there aren’t a lot of options for lay people, I don’t need it because I go to daily Mass… did I mention I don’t […]






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Fighting Our Own Indifference

Do you ever feel numb or helpless because of all the problems the world faces each day? One only has to watch the news or follow the events of the day online to feel completely overwhelmed. Some of the challenges facing the world include ever-increasing threats to our Catholic faith. The Church is being accosted on all sides and the culture […]






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Is there a Homo optimus in your future?

Homo optimus and the God is Dead Morality The saying goes that “truth is stranger than fiction” and there are some days when I firmly believe it. Just prior to writing this article, I came across two headlines out of Britain that sounded like science fiction but were presented as much more real than that. The first article, published by […]






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Why Purgatory?

Some would call it cacophony. Others would be more blunt and describe it as tortuous noise. Be that as it may, it is my absolute favorite sound. I hear it and immediately everything inside me comes alive, attentive, expectant. You say, “Enough all ready. What is it and what does it have to do with the title of this post?” […]






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A Mother Who Comforts the Afflicted

There was no evidence of misery or pain.  Her sleeping face was still, the fever invisible and her riotous bowels at rest. Earlier in the day, her small head had leaned against my shoulder, burning and sweaty.  It was my first experience of having a child sick enough to cause me to worry.  Her misery during her waking time made […]






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Do You Reveal Jesus When People See You?

“As I have loved you, so you also should love one another” (John 13:34). In John 14:15, Jesus tells his apostles, “If you love me, you will keep my commandments.”  In this passage, Jesus is preparing His Apostles for His departure and the coming of the Holy Spirit. After three long years with them, these are among His final words […]






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Do you shoot the messenger?

“In polite conversation, never bring up politics or religion.”  That’s the advice I was given as a child.  And it’s good advice, too, if your aim is to be well-liked.  Politics and religion are risky because they involve deeply held convictions, and if you happen to tread on the convictions of others, you get the same reaction that a dentist […]






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Why I’m proud to be a woman of the Church

As a woman who is active in the Church on both the local and national level, I’ve had plenty of time to think about women’s role in the Church. I probably find myself talking about it more frequently than the average person, too.  The other day a friend brought it up, and he began parroting the notion that throughout history the Church […]