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Once Upon a Time, there was a Banana in the Kitchen…

“Once upon a time, there was a banana. And he lived in a kitchen…” So began the story my eight-year-old daughter Angela wrote yesterday for a homeschool writing assignment. I laughed and laughed, a big belly laugh. I almost couldn’t stop I loved the opening sentences so much. As I read on, I was tickled with her play on words, [...]

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A Most Difficult Question to Answer

When I give talks around the country or sometimes in correspondence with readers of my books or blog posts on Integrated Catholic Life, I am often asked what I mean when I encourage others to “be joyful” and share the “light of Christ” with others.  I am referring to the response I typically give when asked for effective ways to [...]

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Daily Catholic Quote from Pope Francis

“You tell us that to love God and neighbour is not something abstract, but profoundly concrete: it means seeing in every person the face of the Lord to be served, to serve him concretely. And you are, dear brothers and sisters, the face of Jesus.” (Pope Francis, Addressing the guests at the DONO DI MARIA homeless shelter staffed by the [...]

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Daily Catholic Quote from Pope Francis

“Put on Christ! in your life, and you will find a friend in whom you can always trust; put on Christ and you will see the wings of hope spreading and letting you journey with joy towards the future; put on Christ and your life will be full of his love; it will be a fruitful life.” (Pope Francis; Homily, [...]

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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 [...]

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Our Merciful Mother – Our Lady of Guadalupe

by Sister Ines, O.C.D. 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 [...]

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Five Ways Catholics Can Make a Real Difference

“Think about the possibilities if we all made a sincere daily commitment, no matter how small, to make a positive difference in the lives of those around us.” Do we sometimes feel overwhelmed in the face of the relentless assault on the Church, our beliefs, and our families by the media and modern culture? Is it difficult to stand up [...]

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Some Clear Alternatives to Catholic Boredom

On a recent Saturday morning my 12 year old son said:  “Dad, I’m bored.  What are we going to do for fun today?”  Knowing my youngest son well, I translated this to mean that he was looking for something new and exciting and I was supposed to provide it.  This all too frequent discussion with my children has been the [...]

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Dads, Do We Have Our Acts Together?

During a recent coffee meeting with a friend, he said, “You seem to have your act together on the fatherhood front.  What’s your secret?”  I was surprised and taken aback because I don’t think I have my act together at all.  I don’t mean that out of false humility.  I pray every day to be a better husband and father [...]