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Catholic Quote of the Day — from Pope Francis

“Today, as the Church seeks to experience a profound missionary renewal, there is a kind of preaching which falls to each of us as a daily responsibility. It has to do with bringing the Gospel to the people we meet, whether they be our neighbours or complete strangers. This is the informal preaching which takes place in the middle of […]






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Catholic Quote of the Day — from Blessed Paul VI

“Technological society has succeeded in multiplying the opportunities for pleasure, but it has great difficulty in generating joy. For joy comes from another source. It is spiritual. Money, comfort, hygiene and material security are often not lacking; and yet boredom, depression and sadness unhappily remain the lot of many.” (Blessed Paul VI, Gaudete in Domino, Apostolic Exhortation, 1975) Print this […]






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The Sign of the Cross

Our behavior will be the proving ground of our deepest convictions.  This firmness in the Faith is often an excellent testimony to the beliefs of the Christian.  In some cases it can cause people to begin their return to the House of the Father. – Francis Fernandez (In Conversation with God) Several weeks ago I had lunch with one of […]






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On Honoring Christ in Our Hearts and Being Authentically Catholic in the New Year

One of the most famous Christmas quotes of all time is this one from A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens: “I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year.” Reflecting on this quote has made me think about resolutions a little differently for 2016.  I would like you to join me in a different […]






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Daily Reflection — Why Did the Holy Innocents Have to Die?

On the fourth day of our Christmas celebration, the Church reminds us that not everyone is joyful; that there exist those who are not of goodwill who do not wish to receive the season’s glad tidings. Today is the Feast of the Holy Innocents in which the Church recalls and honors those baby boys whose lives were taken in a […]






"The Nativity" (Gerburt Christi detail) by Franz von Rohden"The Nativity" (Gerburt Christi detail) by Franz von Rohden

A Christmas Rebellion?

I have been pleasantly surprised this Advent season.  I was prepared to receive a tidal wave of Happy Holidays and Seasons Greetings cards with no mention of Christmas in them.  I have been listening for the growing trend towards the frustrating “Happy Holidays” from employees of retail and grocery stores.  I assumed people would feel reluctant to give their time, […]






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Catholic Quote of the Day — from Blessed Teresa of Calcutta

“Let anyone who comes to you go away feeling better and happier. Everyone should see goodness in your face, in your eyes, in your smile. Joy shows from the eyes. It appears when we speak and walk. It cannot be kept closed inside us. It reacts outside. Joy is very infectious.” (Blessed Teresa of Calcutta) Print this entry






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Six Practical Steps to Catholic Joy this Advent

Here is something to ponder in the remaining days of Advent.  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 […]






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Our Merciful Mother — Our Lady of Guadalupe

In every approved Marian apparition, Our Lady has a specific mission. Each one reveals a determined and specific message—a unique and necessary goal. In the Anáhuac Valley of Mexico, on a barren hill called Tepeyac, Our Lady of Guadalupe came as a “merciful Mother,” a healer and restorer of all who are broken in body and in spirit. It is […]