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Lent: A Virtue Spa for the Soul

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 H...

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

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

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

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 Me...

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 Findi...

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…

Little Lamb Finds Christmas Receives USA...

Little Lamb Finds Christmas Receives USA Best BOOK AWARD

LOS ANGELES – USA BOOK NEWS ANNOUNCES WINNERS AND FINALISTS OF THE 2015 USA BEST BOOK AWARDS Mainstream & Independent Titles Score Top Honors in the 12th Annual USA Best Book Awards. Random House, Tarcher/Penguin, HarperOne, WW Norton, Harper Collins, William Morrow, Crown Business, McGraw-Hill, John Wiley & Sons, American Cancer Society, The White House Historical Association…

We Need a Little Jesus in our Christmas ...

We Need a Little Jesus in our Christmas Music!

Each year most everyone enjoys getting into a little Christmas spirit somehow. But Jesus is becoming more and more conspicuously absent in the festive food, decor, and music celebrating Christmas in modern culture. Rather than lamenting the problem with bumper stickers reminding that Jesus is the reason for the season, I recommend we do something more festive….

The Power of Life’s Parable

The Power of Life’s Parable

Jesus spoke often to His disciples about the hidden meaning of his parables. I think He was pointing us to a far greater parable. Perhaps the Author of the human story has hidden eternal meaning in all of creation? We just need to be willing to listen and look for it. The definition of a parable…

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