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"Ascension of Christ" (detail) by Garofalo"Ascension of Christ" (detail) by Garofalo

The Difference the Ascension of the Lord Makes in Our Lives

Years before that first Ascension Thursday, God entered into His own creation as the God-man, Jesus. He came as a humble babe, conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. His birth took place in a stable that housed livestock. Little is recorded of His early years; He was a thirty-year-old when He began His public ministry. During […]

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A Mother’s Serenity Prayer

When the heat goes out and the temperature is minus-two degrees outside and I wonder when the oil company will arrive to save us from this dangerous situation, —Lord, help me to accept hardship as a pathway to peace, to take as Jesus did the sinful world as it is, not as I would have it. When we are on day […]

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A Reflection on the Desire to Feel Superior

On a rainy afternoon not too long ago, I took the kids to grab a bite to eat at the large food warehouse near our house.  We were all a bit stir crazy from being cooped up, so the seven of us braved the hellish weather with nary a yellow slicker or umbrella. (In our family, slickers, rain boots, and […]

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God’s Presence During Our Adoption Process

If you have been following my articles, it is probably fairly easy to see the way that God has directly impacted and been a part of my life. Without faith, and miracles, I simply wouldn’t be here today. Throughout my entire life, I have been blessed with being a part of an amazing and faith-filled family, and being surrounded by unbelievable […]

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Encountering the Word — Ephesians 2:8-10

A Daily Quote from Sacred Scripture “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not from you; it is the gift of God; it is not from works, so no one may boast. For we are his handiwork, created in Christ Jesus for the good works that God has prepared in advance, that we should live […]

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Three Good Catholic Reads

During the last week of January, when the grey had permanently settled in the sky and all I could see out my windows was a world painted the colors of a penitentiary, I received a late Christmas package: a box of review copy books. When I tore into the brown UPS package, my heart leapt with joy because although it […]

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Daily Lenten Reflection — 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 […]

"Christ in Gethsemane" (detail) by Heinrich Hofmann"Christ in Gethsemane" (detail) by Heinrich Hofmann

Five Lessons from Jesus about the Path to Glory

“Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit.” (John 12:24) As Christians, we must be people of prayer—pure and simple. If we do not pray, we do not have a relationship with Christ. There are many types of prayer. Among […]

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Daily Lenten Reflection — Love of 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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Daily Lenten Reflection — In You Alone

“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 […]