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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…

Offer Your Morning and More to Jesus

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Offer Your Morning and More to Jesus

  The Morning Offering is one of the most powerful prayers you can ever pray. Why? Because it literally makes every part of your day that follows an offering to God. Are there times you might have a opportunity for a sacrifice and you forget to do so? Bam. With a Morning Offering, you’ve got it…

We’ll Leave the Light On

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We’ll Leave the Light On

There is such a universal appeal in the twinkle of Christmas lights.  Many businesses and shopping districts keep white lights twinkling year round. However, the tiny lights in rainbow colors have a uniquely Christmas vibe. I’m struck by the way that we can only appreciate the twinkle of a Christmas light in the midst of…

More than the FORCE is With Us

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More than the FORCE is With Us

Why is America having so much fun with the newest Star Wars film? The FORCE that beckons us is perhaps a hunger for something eternal expressed in an epic story. The power of the Star Wars parable is undeniable. Of special note is the way it draws the hearts of fathers and sons together. The…

The Days of Christmas for the Year of Mercy

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The Days of Christmas for the Year of Mercy

My son has just completed a project for school. He was writing a creative essay for a contest on the topic of: “What Would Jesus Do This Christmas Season?” He and I sat together at our kitchen table and discussed the question in light of the upcoming Year of Mercy, the Corporal and Spiritual Works of…

Reconciliation Is About Lost Lambs Finding Jesus!

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Reconciliation Is About Lost Lambs Finding Jesus!

Many teachers and parents use the example of a lost sheep being found by the Good Shepherd in preparing children for First Reconciliation. The Finding Jesus! activity to enables young children to use the vivid imagery and story of the book, Little Lamb Finds Christmas, to prepare for First Reconciliation. Walking through the preparation process with Lemi the Lamb…

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