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Daily Lenten Reflection — God’s Visitation

When the crowds were increasing, he began to say, “This generation is an evil generation; it seeks a sign, but no sign shall be given to it except the sign of Jonah. For as Jonah became a sign to the men of Nin′eveh, so will the Son of man be to this generation. The queen of the South will arise […]

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Daily Lenten Reflection — Our Refuge

“O Lord, you have been our refuge, from generation to generation; from age to age, you are.” (Entrance Antiphon, Tuesday of the First Week of Lent, Cf. Psalm 89:1-2). We did not watch the Oscars on Sunday evening—they no longer seem relevant and they are certainly not morally acceptable. But, it was impossible not to hear news about the show […]

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Daily Lenten Reflection — Blessed of My Father

“Then the King will say to those at his right hand, ‘Come, O blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world; for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed […]

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Daily Lenten Reflection — Baptized into New Life

“For Christ also died for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive in the spirit; in which he went and preached to the spirits in prison, who formerly did not obey, when God’s patience waited in the days of Noah, during […]

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Daily Lenten Reflection — Let’s Begin

“The Spirit immediately drove him out into the wilderness. And he was in the wilderness forty days, tempted by Satan; and he was with the wild beasts; and the angels ministered to him” (Mark 1:12-13). As we begin this Lenten season today on Ash Wednesday, we are called to enter the desert with Christ; to turn away from sin and towards […]

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Catholic Quote of the Day — from St. Vincent de Paul

“Perfection consists in renouncing ourselves, in carrying our cross, and in following Jesus Christ. Now, he who renounces himself most perfectly carries his cross the best and follows nearest to Jesus Christ is he who never does his own will, but always that of God.”  (St. Vincent de Paul) September 27 is the Memorial of St. Vincent de Paul, Priest […]

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Catholic Quote of the Day — from St. Ignatius of Loyola

“If God causes you to suffer much it is a sign that He has great designs for you and that He certainly intends to make you a saint. And if you wish to become a great saint, entreat Him yourself to give you much opportunity for suffering; for there is no wood better to kindle the fire of holy love […]

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Six Practical Steps to Catholic Joy

I recently had coffee with a fellow Catholic who gloomily shared his ongoing struggles with overtly living out his faith in the real world and reluctance to discuss his faith with others. He made it clear that going to Mass on Sunday was all he could or should be doing. Unfortunately, this is a very common tale. The conversation became […]

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Catholic Quote of the Day — from St. Augustine of Hippo

“The entire life of a good Christian is in fact an exercise of holy desire. You do not yet see what you long for, but the very act of desiring prepares you, so that when he comes you may see and be utterly satisfied.” (St. Augustine of Hippo; Commentary on the First Epistle of John) August 28 is the Memorial […]