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Daily Lenten Reflection — Into the Wilderness

“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 our Lenten observance today on Ash Wednesday, we are called to enter the desert with Christ; to turn away from sin and towards our […]






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Catholic Quote of the Day — from C. S. Lewis

“It would seem that Our Lord finds our desires not too strong, but too weak. We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a […]






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Encountering the Word — John 8:10-11

A Daily Quote from Sacred Scripture Jesus looked up and said to her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?” She said, “No one, Lord.” And Jesus said, “Neither do I condemn you; go, and do not sin again.” (John 8:10-11) Print this entry






"Expulsion from the Garden of Eden" (detail) by Cole Thomas"Expulsion from the Garden of Eden" (detail) by Cole Thomas

Is Original Sin and the Fall of Man True?

The Catholic Church asserts the truth that mankind has suffered a privation of grace as a consequence of disobedience. By the sin of our first parents we are saddled until the end of time with the defect of Original Sin. Man is fallen. To be born into this world is to be burdened with a life of toil, trial and […]






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Armed with My Rosary

According to my confessor and spiritual director, we all have habitual sins. Each of us has an area of weakness, and that’s where our personal tempters and/or the devil attack first. In fact, when we’ve talked about my habitual sin, he used the word “addiction.” I don’t know about you, but thinking of sin as an addiction took some getting […]






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Encountering the Word — Hebrews 3:12-14

A Daily Quote from Sacred Scripture “Take care, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil, unbelieving heart, leading you to fall away from the living God. But exhort one another every day, as long as it is called ‘today,’ that none of you may be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin. For we share in Christ, if […]






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Does God want me to hate?

I was driving to my early morning adoration hour, preoccupied in my thoughts about a recent discussion I had about the phrase “love the sinner, hate the sin.”  As I thought over the debate about the validity and worthiness of the expression, something made me stop and listen to the contemporary Christian song that was coming through my car radio. […]