Why Wrestle with God?

Why Wrestle with God?

I have often wrestled in the night. Have you? It is no fun. This is how it goes for me. I wake up in the early hours of the morning—two or three a.m. Something gets on my mind—usually a problem or a conflict. I have a conversation in my head with the person who troubles […]

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Trust

Trust

A woman suffering hemorrhages for twelve years came up behind him and touched the tassel on his cloak. She said to herself, “If only I can touch his cloak, I shall be cured.” Jesus turned around and saw her, and said, “Courage, daughter! Your faith has saved you.” And from that hour the woman was […]

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For When I am Weak, I am Strong

For When I am Weak, I am Strong

I need a relationship with God. This I have come to realize. I need to be fully immersed in His grace, and let Him guide me and lead me through this life. I need to do my morning and evening prayers and get my daily dose of scripture. I like to pray my rosary, and […]

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Different Skins But the Same Truth

Different Skins But the Same Truth

The Old Testament is filled with stories about the serious sins that our “heroes” in the bible committed.  Like the Old Testament reading today, about how Jacob deceived Isaac by wearing animal skins on his arms, pretending to be Esu, in order to receive his father’s final blessing.  This blessing was needed so that Jacob could take Isaac’s place as the […]

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Taking comfort in our faith

Taking comfort in our faith

After a long and tiring journey, there is nothing quite like returning to the comfort of home; sometimes the return is the best part. Life is a journey and I hope that when this journey is over, I am able to enjoy the comfort of heaven as my eternal resting place. I take great comfort […]

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Feel Abandoned by Your Father?

Feel Abandoned by Your Father?

Have you ever felt abandoned by your father? Have you ever felt you didn’t hold a place of importance in your family? Have you ever thought of yourself as the “black sheep”, the unwanted child? If so, then you could probably sit down with Ishmael and have a rather lively conversation. In my reflections I […]

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Begging Jesus to Leave

Begging Jesus to Leave

The blessings of Christ are open to us all. But take a moment and think of what would happen if it became known that the gifts promised by Jesus were really bestowed upon you individually. Who would be angry or disappointed? The answer might surprise you . . . but the foundations of that answer […]

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When the Lord is Mindful of His Friends:  The Power of Intercessory Prayer

When the Lord is Mindful of His Friends: The Power of Intercessory Prayer

I met Ruth when I worked with a refugee resettlement project some years ago. This is the story she told: “We lived in a village in Central Africa. Our family was Christian, but our village was not. My father was a merchant. He was fair in his prices and kept his word. He was respected […]

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Day unto day, 2 voices of The Church ring out

Day unto day, 2 voices of The Church ring out

The Truth of the Catholic Church does not change … but the way it is conveyed can vary from time to time. Today, the Church celebrates the Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul, two larger-than-life figures from the New Testament who collectively embody the two primary ways the world hears the Word of Christ. Peter […]

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Do not be afraid; Just have faith

Do not be afraid; Just have faith

God did not make death, nor does he rejoice in the destruction of the living. For he fashioned all things that they might have being; These are wise words from the book of Wisdom today. So often we witness or experience bad things in the world, or suffer from afflictions and we may ask, “How […]

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