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Where Does Faith Fit Into My Busy Life?

For years I have heard people say they don’t have enough time to pray, get involved in parish ministry, attend daily Mass, take part in Eucharistic adoration, be involved in children’s activities, serve in the community, etc. This complaint is so pervasive that, along with living in “silos” and failing to surrender to Christ, I have identified our misconceptions about [...]

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In Mercy He Comes to Us

The Gospels tell an incredible story. A virginal conception. Miraculous healings. Even people coming back from the dead. How are we to know that it’s not all just a fanciful fabrication? There is much evidence for the reliability of the Gospels, but here is one of the strongest bits of evidence I know. Think for a minute. If you were [...]

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God’s Antidote to Sin and Death

The serpent’s bite was a deadly one. The venom had worked its way deep into the heart of the entire human race, doing its gruesome work. The anti-venom was unavailable until He appeared. One drop was all that was needed, so potent was this antidote. Yet it was not like Him to be stingy. He poured out all he had, [...]

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How the Weakness of the Cross Makes Us Strong

“When I am weak, then I am strong”; “power made perfect in weakness.” Such verses are often cited as key to spiritual growth, but do we really understand what they are talking about? Can anyone ever understand? Yes. If we couldn’t understand it at all, God would not have told it to us. God does not waste words. It is [...]

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Finding Strength in our Surrender

Surrender, giving control of our lives to Christ, is an enormous obstacle to living out our faith in the workplace, or anyplace for that matter. Surrendering to Christ and putting his will before my own for the first time more than seven years ago was the very moment I felt stronger than at any other time in my life. By [...]

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What God Did When I Thought My Crosses Were Too Small

This Lent, I resumed my favorite Lenten prayer tradition, praying for a different person, couple, or family each of the 40 days, offering all of my prayers, petitions, frustrations, joys, and sufferings that day for their intentions. It was a particularly amazing experience for me this year. Before the Lenten season, I had become unusually fixated on the fact that [...]

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Encountering the Word — John 10:27-28

“My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me; 28 and I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish, and no one shall snatch them out of my hand.” (John 10:27-28) If you liked this scripture verse, please share it with your friends and family using both the Recommend and Social Media buttons below [...]

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Encountering the Word — 1 Chronicles 16:23-24

“Sing to the Lord, all the earth! Tell of his salvation from day to day. Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous works among all the peoples!” (1 Chronicles 16:23-24) If you liked this scripture verse, please share it with your friends and family using both the Recommend and Social Media buttons below and via email. We value your [...]

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Being Still and Knowing

It’s been a long haul. I’ve been facing a couple of challenges that have stretched me and pulled me and forced me to really lean back into God. And it hurts. As I sat in Mass this weekend, listening to a missionary priest speak about the work that Cross Catholic Outreach does, near tears because of a number of things, [...]

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Daily Catholic Quote from Father Hans Urs von Balthasar

“What you are is God’s gift to you, what you become is your gift to God.” (Father Hans Urs von Balthasar) Father Hans Urs von Balthasar, considered one of the greatest theologians of the twentieth century, was named to become a Cardinal by Pope John Paul II, but died before the consistory took place. If you liked this quote, please share [...]