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Photography © by Andy CoanPhotography © by Andy Coan

Encountering the Word — Ephesians 1:7-10

A Daily Quote from Sacred Scripture In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace which he lavished upon us. For he has made known to us in all wisdom and insight the mystery of his will, according to his purpose which he set forth in Christ as a plan […]






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Artwork © by Jef MurrayBlessed Virgin Mary with Roses (detail) Artwork © by Jef Murray

Mary as Our Lady of Grace

She stood there, in the front, as she always did.  She was looking down, but I felt like I somehow caught her eye.  Maybe it’s because I had my small children with me at the midnight Mass.  Among all the families with small children in our parish, we were the only one who had woken our children in the middle […]






Photography © by Andy CoanPhotography © by Andy Coan

Encountering the Word — Titus 2:11-14

A Daily Quote from Sacred Scripture “For the grace of God has appeared for the salvation of all men, training us to renounce irreligion and worldly passions, and to live sober, upright, and godly lives in this world, awaiting our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us […]






"Christ the Consolator" (detail) by Carl Bloch"Christ the Consolator" (detail) by Carl Bloch

Christmas JOY Amid Challenges

It was a blessed and happy Christmas in so many ways. My grandson was here for his very first Christmas! I was surrounded by my five children, my husband, my daughter’s husband, and one daughter’s significant other—all coming together to celebrate in the heart of my home. Needless to say, I was extremely thankful. It was a whirlwind of crazy […]






"The Denial of St. Peter" (detail) by Theodoor Rombouts"The Denial of St. Peter" (detail) by Theodoor Rombouts

Peter, do you love me?

If we abandon ourselves to Christ who tells us “man does not live by bread alone from on every word that proceeds from the mouth of God,” then it is for us to believe the revealed word and the Holy Spirit will grant us the gifts of understanding and wisdom. Have you ever wished that you had been born in […]






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Daily Reflection — Looking Forward to God’s Promise

  “He promised us eternal salvation and an unending life of blessedness with the angels, and an imperishable inheritance, the joy of seeing his face, a dwelling-place with him in heaven, and the fear of death removed from us through the resurrection. This is, if you like, his ultimate promise. We look forward to it, and when we reach it, […]






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Daily Reflection — God’s Love is Better Than Life

“For your love is better than life, my lips will speak your praise. So I will bless you all my life, in your name I will lift up my hands.” (Psalm 63:4-5) Who else other than God can provide all that we need and desire? No one! Yet, God calls each of us to love others as He loves us. […]






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Daily Reflection — Wonderfully Made

“You formed my inmost being; you knit me in my mother’s womb. I praise you, because I am wonderfully made; wonderful are your works! My very self you know.” (Psalm 139:13-14) Every single one of us is made intentionally by God. No exceptions! Imago Dei—in His image He made us. Although we lost His likeness through Original Sin, we have […]