True Greatness Comes Through Service

True Greatness Comes Through Service

All she wanted was the best for her sons. Who doesn’t want the best for their children? James and John’s mother went up to Jesus and asked Him if her sons could be at His side in His Kingdom. What good parent doesn’t want greatness for their children? But she didn’t truly realize what she […]

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Come Let Us Make Things Right

Come Let Us Make Things Right

It is cold this time of year where I live. My bed is warm. In the night last night I woke up just a little, enough to appreciate the warmth of the covers as I turned over. It was 2 am.  Into my cozy drift back to dreams came a thought: “Have you followed through […]

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Forgiveness is not just for others

Forgiveness is not just for others

“Forgive and you will be forgiven. Give and gifts will be given to you;” The power of despair is insurmountable without the help of God. Despair in one’s life – the belief that there is no hope – can lead to so many roads of destruction. When I was young, I was certain that God […]

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A Question for Lent

A Question for Lent

The readings for Mass are so powerful today.  Both stories are very famous.  The first reading is about Abraham nearly killing his only son Isaac, and the gospel account is about the transfiguration of the Lord. What do these two very powerful readings have to do with one another? And, why are we having them […]

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Love Your Enemy

Love Your Enemy

This is the tough one. To love ones enemy, and to pray for those who want to persecute and harm you is perhaps the toughest part about being a Christian. Most other aspects of being Christian we clearly understand. Even if we choose not to do certain things or we give in to various selfish […]

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A sacrament of healing grace

A sacrament of healing grace

Participating in the sacrament of reconciliation has never been one of my favorite things to do. Although rarely, I have indeed heard a few individuals say they actually really like going to confession. Those people are wonderfully weird for a number of reasons, not just because they like confession. I, on the other hand, have […]

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Ask and It Is Given

Ask and It Is Given

Ask and it is given. How many times have we heard such sentiment in modern day philosophies and books? Countless individuals have undoubtedly filled their homes with notes full of positive affirmations with their petitions to the “universe”… Notes stuffed in drawers, on mirrors, in cupboards – anywhere one could find to stick their laundry […]

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A Full Heart in Christ

A Full Heart in Christ

I remember my high school basketball coach used to get on us and yell, “You’re playing Not-to-Lose… Play to Win!” There were times when we were trying to protect a lead or not make a mistake and we ended up playing tentative. We were simply going through the motions, hoping to not make a mistake […]

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The Lord’s Prayer

The Lord’s Prayer

The first reading for mass today is very gentle and peaceful,  “Just as from the heavens the rain and snow come down and do not return there till they have watered the earth, making it fertile and fruitful, giving seed to the one who sows and bread to the one who eats, so shall my […]

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‘Take no revenge and cherish no grudge’

‘Take no revenge and cherish no grudge’

The law of the LORD is perfect, refreshing the soul. The decree of the LORD is trustworthy, giving wisdom to the simple. (Psalm 19) In a world full of conflict, hatred, blood-spilling Twitter videos, we should take great comfort from these words. They compel us to listen to the Lord and follow his commands. Even […]

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What Lent is Really All About

What Lent is Really All About

“In it he also went to preach to the spirits in prison, who had once been disobedient.”  These words are hidden right in the middle of the readings for Mass today, in the second reading.  It would be easy to miss.  Most people would skim over these words and go on to the more well-known stories in the […]

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