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Five #FAVE Top Ten Lists

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Five #FAVE Top Ten Lists

  It’s undeniable that what we consume through our eyes and ears impacts our thinking and behavior. We can do our part to move our cultural conversation in a positive direction simply through what we read and watch. Let’s equip our kids and ourselves with good food for internal growth and strength. The surprising reality…

Virtue for Just 25 Cents

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Virtue for Just 25 Cents

When shopping at the popular value priced grocery store, Aldi, consumers are met with a gadget on the shopping carts that requires a $.25 cent deposit to use the cart. This is one way Aldi keeps their prices low because they don’t have to hire people to manage carts on the parking lot and the…

Virtue Works.

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Virtue Works.

It’s time to start something new. For too long we Catholics have focused a tremendous amount of energy and resources on preaching, teaching and service. While these pillars of Catholic life are essential, I think God did not intend for us to settle for a 3-legged stool. Think of all the children and young adults…

Virtue Triumphs on Hacksaw Ridge

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Virtue Triumphs on Hacksaw Ridge

At a time when America needs to focus our attention on media that highlights true heroism, Hacksaw Ridge is a gritty celebration of goodness. While it is obviously executed with powerful excellence in craft, let’s look at the content of this film through the lens of virtue. If we rated films according to the virtues…

Living Parables That Would Make St. Patrick Smile

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Living Parables That Would Make St. Patrick Smile

God tells an amazing story through each of our lives. I have had the honor that my life has intersected with people whose stories are epic tales. Recently, I have been struck by the magnitude of God’s spiritual serendipity during the retirement festivities to honor Sister Rosario Delaney and Sister Laurentia Cusack as they prepare…

Celebrate Pentecost! The Birthday of the Church

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Celebrate Pentecost! The Birthday of the Church

The 50 day celebration of Easter is completed and closed with a tremendous feast. PENTECOST. The reality of what happened at Pentecost truly rivals Christmas and Easter in spiritual significance. It’s when God-with-us became God-in-us. Let’s face it however, Pentecost is sort of a forgotten holiday. For most of us, it’s just another nice Sunday. But this is…

Our Souls are Hungry for Virtue

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Our Souls are Hungry for Virtue

Consuming faith and virtue filled media evangelizes the imagination, reaching the heart, where the goodness, truth and beauty of God can be discovered anew. Let’s acquire a taste for virtue.

Genuine Spiritual Saltiness

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Genuine Spiritual Saltiness

    In the biblical phrase from Matthew 5:13, “You are the salt of the earth,” Jesus calls us salt. In a good way. We are meant to be the ingredient that makes another substance palatable and tasty to someone else. God’s life and love is the substance. When our faith is expressed with sincerity…

Lent: A Virtue Spa for the Soul

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Lent: A Virtue Spa for the Soul

Have you ever wondered how Lenten sacrifices “feel” to your soul? What might feel like a privation to us is actually a VIP (Very Important Pampering) Treatment for our souls. Think of it like this. On Ash Wednesday we allow Jesus to welcome our soul to the forty day spa experience with some natural palm…

Follow Hansel and Gretel to a Heavenly Home

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Follow Hansel and Gretel to a Heavenly Home

Modern movies, TV and children’s books abound with freshly re-imagined versions of classic Fairy Tales. I’d like to offer a spiritual lens for a fresh look at a particularly disturbing fairy tale: Hansel and Gretel. That story has never been one I particularly enjoyed curling up and reading to my children.  A young boy and girl…

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