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FOCUS ON BECOMING A SAINT 

Our world seems upside down. There is confusion everywhere. What was clearly sinful a decade ago, is often considered perfectly acceptable today. An example can be seen in what is termed gender dysphoria. There are men who think they are women and women who think they are men. Gender-confused people can often select the bathroom… Read More
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THIS TREMENDOUS LOVER

We enter into our greatest experience of love at every Holy Mass. Jesus, our tremendous Lover awaits to speak to us in Sacred Scripture. He then awaits to consummate His ever-abiding love for us in the Eucharist. There is no greater love than the love Jesus has for each one of us. He wants us… Read More
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WHAT’S IN A NAME?

Each one of us has a name. Our name identifies us. Like each one of us, the saints and angels also have names. One such angel, a fallen angel, has the name “Devil”. Let’s take a closer look at his very unique name. The devil’s name begins “de”. The prefix “de” often refers to a… Read More
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 PRAYERFUL PRODUCTIVITY 

Most mature adults have a strong desire to be productive. Admittedly, it is rewarding to see the fruits of our productivity. Whether it’s a paycheck from our employer or a nice dinner on the table, seeing results from our efforts provides us with satisfaction and the desire to continue to do more. In much the… Read More
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IT’S BEST TO BE ORDINARY

As instructed by the Church, it is valid to have ordinary and extraordinary ministers of the Eucharist. The ordinary ministers of the Eucharist are Bishops, Priests, and Deacons. By virtue of their ordination, they are the first in line to distribute Holy Communion. Extraordinary ministers of the Eucharist are ministers intended to assist in extraordinary… Read More
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FAITH IN ACTION

Sometimes it’s easy for each of us to say that we have total faith and trust in God. Especially when things are going our way and our obstacles are few, we can say with assurance, “I trust in God.”? However, most of us have minor challenges in our life that we must confront daily. Usually,… Read More
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A MOST UNUSUAL SANCTIFYING GRACE

Sometimes there are events that happen in the course of life that simply must be transmitted. This particular story is one such story. Last weekend, the children at our parish were preparing to receive the sacraments of Reconciliation and Eucharist. As is customary, first Reconciliation is offered the day before receiving first Holy Communion. All… Read More
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USED-TO-BE CATHOLICS

If I had a dollar for each person who has told me that they used to be Catholic, my bank account would be much richer. It seems in any group of people I’m with if the topic of religion comes up, inevitably someone will say, “I used to be Catholic.” Depending on the person, sometimes… Read More
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THE HOLY TRINITY:  EASY VERSION

Often on Trinity Sunday, the beginning of many homilies is the disclaimer that the Trinity is a very difficult concept to explain and to grasp. The Holy Trinity can be very simple, just like God Himself. We, the people, are the ones who complicate things. The Holy Trinity simplified:  the first person of the Holy Trinity… Read More
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THIS HOLY PLACE OF AWE

Every Catholic Church is a sacred place. When we come together before Mass, we gather in the Nave which surrounds the Sanctuary, the place where the Lord is present in the tabernacle. The Sanctuary has at its center the Altar of Sacrifice where the priest offers the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. As Catholics, we… Read More
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NO CRUMB LEFT BEHIND 

After a big dinner, it’s not unusual to have food left over. Leftovers after a meal are carefully stored so that they may be consumed before spoiling. Since wasting food is a sin, an earnest effort must be made to leave no leftovers behind. The Lord, too, desires to provide food for our us on… Read More
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THE GREATEST LOVE STORY EVER TOLD 

Stop for a moment and think about how God speaks to us. Of course, he speaks to us in many ways especially in his written Word in Sacred Scripture. Every Word uttered in the Bible has significance in our lives today. Every Word comes from God. It’s almost hard to fathom that God is communicating… Read More
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SUPERNATURAL FUEL FOR YOUR EARTHLY JOURNEY

The alarm sounds in the morning and we often hit the snooze button. We just want a few more minutes to rest our tired bodies. Morning comes so early. If there were only a few more hours in the night, not to mention the day! Our tired bodies need fuel to become energized. We receive… Read More
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UNABSOLVED MORTAL SINS DO NOT HAVE AN EXPIRATION DATE

Our human mind often protects us from focusing on negative events and experiences that have occurred in our past. When we have committed acts that have hurt others, or when others have hurt us, the passing of time allows the mind to dull, if not remove, these experiences from our memories. In much the same… Read More
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ETERNAL FITNESS PROGRAM

Many of us have daily fitness regimes. Some of us go to the gym and lift weights, others may go for a daily walk, and many run on a treadmill on their path to physical health. One of the key areas of focus of any fitness program is the number of calories burned. No matter… Read More
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GO AND SIN NO MORE

What shall we render to the Lord for all He has rendered unto us? This is a great question to ponder upon during Lent. Each one of us owe our lives to God. Without Him we are nothing. We owe God, not only a life of gratitude, but a sincere repentant heart for our daily… Read More
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LENT, AGAIN?

If you are like many Catholics, Lent is usually not a welcome season. Why can?t we simply have another Advent? Even though both Lent and Advent are penitential seasons, there seems to be more joy in the air in the weeks preceding Christmas. “How can we have a more joy-filled Lent?” you may ask. One… Read More
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THE SPIRITUAL SNOOZE BUTTON

One of the greatest inventions of our time may in fact be the snooze button. Even our electronic alarms have this remarkable feature. How often have we hit this button when we were not quite ready to start the day, and when our bodies were not quite ready to leave our comfy bed? Just like… Read More
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A GOD WINK

Has God ever spoken to you in a special way at a special time? All of us attuned to the Lord receive special moments called “God winks.” These moments are often referred to as coincidences by those not attune to the presence of God in their everyday life. With God, there are no coincidences in… Read More
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A TROPHY PEOPLE

Most of us love to be recognized for our accomplishments. To hear our name called out when we do something special is appreciated. It’s as if we have received a verbal trophy. On the flip side, have you ever not been recognized for a special achievement? Or worse yet, has someone else been given credit… Read More
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“I DON’T BELIEVE WE’VE MET”

Developing personal relationships in the age electronic communications can be a challenge. Communicating by email, text, and Instagram is easy and quick, requiring no personal dialog. However, if you want to really get to know someone time, effort, and one-on-one communication is necessary. Close relationships develop with people over time, following many personal discussions. Married… Read More
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PRAY FOR ME RIGHT NOW

A wise Catholic pastor was accustomed to receiving complaints from his parishioners on a regular basis. “Your homily was too long”, “The nave is too hot”, “The nave is too cold”, “The music was too slow”, were some of the ongoing complaints this priest would hear after Mass. One day the pastor took a new… Read More
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THE CLASSROOM OF SILENCE

Throughout our lives, much learning is accomplished within the four walls of a classroom. For most of us, we learn to read, write, speak, and think during our time spent in class at school. Our teachers devote many hours preparing lessons that will be meaningful and productive. There are tests, exams, and other measures to… Read More
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GO AHEAD… MAKE PLANS

Most of us are planners. Planning is good. It keeps us on track and allows us to get things done in a timely fashion. We plan our days and weeks, our meals, our appointments, birthdays, anniversaries and our vacations. We have day timers, day planners, Outlook calendars, and even alarms to notify us when our… Read More
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ALA CARTE CATHOLICISM IS NOT CATHOLIC

It is no longer unusual for Catholics to openly discuss their grievances with particular teachings of the Catholic Church. We all know the most common areas of divergence from the Church. In our secular world, many who call themselves Catholic support social issues that oppose the Church such as gay “marriage”, abortion, cohabitation outside the… Read More
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FAITH WITHOUT UNDERSTANDING

For many of us, elements of our faith may be difficult to understand. Fortunately for us, understanding is not required in matters of faith. Understanding may come through prayer and the study of our faith. Often, we must accept difficult concepts, doctrines, and dogma if or until we receive understanding. There are many concepts in… Read More
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TO JESUS THROUGH MARY

The Virgin Mary, our Heavenly Mother…how many of us honor her and ask her in prayer to intercede to the Lord on our behalf? Her blessed womb was the very first tabernacle for Jesus. So pure, so holy is the Mother of God. We are called to develop a relationship with our heavenly Mother. Mary… Read More
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THE GREATEST INTIMACY

As human beings, we all want to love and to be loved. We all yearn for intimate relationships with our spouses, family members, and friends. Physical, emotional, and spiritual are three levels of intimacy we seek. Would you believe that we, as Catholics, have intimacy on all 3 of these levels in the deepest most… Read More
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HOLINESS IN, HOLINESS OUT

Most of us have heard the saying, “Garbage in, garbage out.” Usually this saying is applied to information being put into a computer system. But, this saying has other appropriate applications. For example, if we listen to music or watch videos that contain immoral content, we may set ourselves up for modeling that sinful behavior…garbage… Read More
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WALK THE TIGHTROPE

We often hear that we must trust in the Lord always. We are assured that if we trust in Him, He knows what is best for us and will not fail us. But, what does it mean to REALLY trust in God? Think of trust like a tightrope suspended between two tall skyscrapers. The Lord… Read More
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PRAYER: A DIALOGUE, NOT A MONOLOGUE

Have you ever had a conversation with someone who wouldn’t let you get a word in edgewise? You waited patiently for an opportunity to enter into the discussion, but the person talking never came up for air, never paused, just kept talking. We’ve all been in this type of conversation. Not having the opportunity to… Read More
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GUIDED BY POPE-U-LAR OPINION 

Being Catholic in today’s culture is not always easy and quite frequently it is unpopular. On many of the most controversial issues of our day, the Church’s position is rarely consistent with popular opinion. Often the Catholic Church is accused of being behind the times. Sometimes we may even question why our Church does not… Read More
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NOT QUITE READY TO BE A SAINT? THINK AGAIN.

Does the thought of being a saint sound boring, lonely, and not very exciting? You are not alone if these thoughts about sainthood cross your mind. Other saints have been in your shoes. One of the greatest saints ever, St. Augustine of Hippo, a bit of a philanderer, asked the Lord to make him chaste,… Read More
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LIBERAL AND CONSERVATIVE “CATHOLICS”

It seems many Catholics today associate their faith in the same way as a political ideology. Often Catholics describe themselves and others as being either conservative or liberal Catholics. Parishes and clergy are frequently referred to as being somewhere on this liberal/conservative spectrum. However, the Catholic Church is not a political entity. It is an… Read More
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REGULAR CLEANING SCHEDULE

There is nothing like coming home to a clean house. Many of us have a regular cleaning schedule we adhere to in order to keep our homes neat and clean. After a good cleaning, we welcome guests to come into our homes, even the unexpected drop ins. However, when our home is a mess, we… Read More
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READ THE OWNER’S MANUAL

How often have you purchased a new car, a new appliance, or a new power tool and skipped reading the owner’s manual? Let’s face it.. owner’s manuals are usually long, not easy to understand, and contain information we think we already know. Generally, many of us throw the document in a draw never to retrieve… Read More
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THE DEVIL IS REAL

Many believe that the devil (also known as Satan and the evil one) is merely a concept to describe evil. But let it be clear that the devil is real and he and the many other evil spirits are very active in this world. The main goal of the devil is the destruction of your… Read More
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PRAY, HOPE, AND DON’T WORRY

PRAY, HOPE, AND DON’T WORRY Are you a worrier?  Our world is certainly inundated with many reasons that may cause us to worry. Being preoccupied with worry is a normal state in life for many. But should it be this way? One fact of the matter…worrying never produces positive results. Have you ever heard anyone… Read More
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 APPLY OXYGEN TO YOURSELF FIRST 

Whenever traveling by air, one of the first tasks of the flight attendants is to cover the safety features of the aircraft. Always emphasized is the importance of applying oxygen to yourself before helping others, in the event the aircraft loses cabin pressure. In other words, take care of yourself first, so that you are… Read More
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EXPERIENCE PROFOUND INTIMACY

Most married couples, particularly those who have been married for a long time, really know their spouse. Spouses know each other’s habits, the foods they like, the activities they pursue, and many other intimate details unique to their loved one. Over time, husbands and wives become attuned to one another’s feelings without words ever being… Read More
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GOD CREATED FEMINISM

Imagine for a moment if you were able to create your own mother. What would she look like? What would her temperament and her disposition be like? If we could create our own mother, we would create a woman who was beautiful inside and out, right? Well, God did create his own mother, the Blessed… Read More
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ARE WE THERE YET?

If you are or have ever been the parent of a small child, it is very probable that you have heard the familiar and perpetual cry, “Are we there yet?” when on a road trip. The luxury of DVD players and electronic games has not always existed to entertain our bored children while traveling. “Are… Read More
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CATHOLICS…WE HAVE IT ALL! 

Why be Catholic?  After all, isn’t being a card-carrying Christian good enough? Being a Christian is good. In fact, the Bible tells us that believing in Jesus Christ is essential for eternal life. So, if being a Christian is good, why be a Catholic Christian? After all, being a Catholic requires so much more than… Read More
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A MOST GRACIOUS HOST

Often we take words for granted and don’t always think about their meaning. Some words appear to be so insignificant that we hardly give them a thought. One such word is “host”. We use this word frequently in our Catholic life. Have you ever pondered on why the bread consecrated during Mass is called the… Read More
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GOING THROUGH THE MOTIONS 

We all have routines in our daily lives. Most of us have a morning routine that includes brushing teeth, taking a shower, and having a cup of coffee. These routine activities are done without much thought, we simply do them, going through the motions. Some routines, like our morning routine, require little thought.  But how… Read More
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GET YOUR SPIRITUAL BOOSTER SHOT 

There seems to be a vaccine for many potential physical ailments these days. We now have vaccines for chicken pox, pneumonia, and of course the flu, to name a few. And, for our convenience, many vaccines are available at the corner drug store. For many, vaccines have become an accepted and expected part of their… Read More
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FILL ‘ER UP

Have you ever had a song stuck in your head? Over and over again the tune plays in your head  and you can’t seem to make it stop. You are simply filled with the tune in your head. In much the same way, the Holy Spirit wants to fill you up.  He not only wants… Read More
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THE HEART OF THE MATTER

Do laws on the books influence our behavior?  Do we not kill another person because it is illegal to kill them?  Do we not commit armed robbery because there are laws against it?  Do we avoid human trafficking because it is unlawful? For the vast majority of people, a law on the books is not… Read More
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SPREAD THE GENIUS OF GOD

Let’s look for a moment at the sheer beauty in all of creation. The beauty in nature, in the trees and plants, in the rivers and the oceans, the mountains and valleys, and in animals and fish is nothing short of awe inspiring.  Many often vacation or retreat to the mountains and the ocean because… Read More
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GIVE US THIS DAY OUR DAILY BREAD

When we eat, our bodies absorb the nutrients in the food. Food sustains us. Its nutrients provide us with the fuel we need to live each day. Most of us require a regular eating schedule to maintain a healthy life full of energy. Just like our bodies, our souls also need to be fed regularly… Read More
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I DON’T WANT TO

Many times we are faced with situations that are inconvenient or undesirable. Maybe we don’t feel like going to work, cleaning the house, or driving the speed limit. Sometimes we may not feel like going to Sunday Mass or going to confession. Maybe we even excuse ourselves from these sacraments. I have heard often that… Read More
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ETERNAL TRUTH NEVER CHANGES

How often have you heard in the media and even from others that the Catholic Church needs to get with the times? The Church’s positions are seemingly outdated on moral issues including marriage and divorce, contraception, stem cell research, homosexual relations, women’s ordination, and the list goes on and on. What’s wrong with the Church that… Read More
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LUKEWARM FAITH

Isn’t it refreshing and invigorating to jump into a cold swimming pool on a hot summer’s day? Isn’t it, likewise, calming to soak in a hot tub on a cold winter’s day? Hot and cold are temperatures that the body can really feel. We definitely must prepare to enter either of these extremes. Like temperature… Read More
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GOD’S RULES FOR US

All of God’s children have been created in God’s own image. It is hard to fathom, isn’t it? One thing we do know about God is that He is perfectly free.  So, He created us perfectly free, free to follow Him and free to deny Him. We have this choice. Our decision, however, has eternal… Read More
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THE DEVIL’S PICTURES

One of the great evils of our time is pornography, the devil’s pictures. The devil himself is the father of all lies and twists his evil by tempting us to believe evil is good. Often, pornography is described as art, self-expression, and perfectly acceptable for adults. But do not be fooled, pornography, even in its… Read More
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BE NOT AFRAID

Do you ever find yourself afraid of an event or situation in your life? Maybe you have final exams, an important job interview, or even a public speaking engagement coming up. These three events may have a significant impact on the future direction of your life. In each of these situations, to alleviate fear, preparation… Read More
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LET’S MOVE MOUNTAINS

Our faith is like the wind, you cannot see it but you can feel its effects. When the wind blows, you cannot see the wind but you can see its effects on the trees and plants as they move with the wind. So too is faith. We cannot see faith with our eyes, but with… Read More
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THE SACRAMENTS: GIFTS FROM JESUS

Hopefully, you have made the decision to follow Jesus, the Way, the Truth, and the Life. We follow him through the guidance of the Catholic Church, the Church founded by Jesus Himself. Our Church has received the sacraments from Christ to help us grow in our faith and in our relationship with God. The sacraments… Read More
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DO NOT WANDER FROM THE MOTHERSHIP

The term “mothership” often refers to a base, a source, or a headquarters.   It is used to direct people to a place of fundamental operations, a command center. Jesus established our mothership, so to speak, when He established His Church on earth. And, remarkably, we, the Body of Christ belong to one Church, the universal… Read More
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MARY AND THE SAINTS…THE EXPRESS LANE TO JESUS

If I had a dollar for every time someone told me that they pray directly to Jesus and not to Mary or the saints, my wallet would be a lot thicker.  Why pray to anyone other than Jesus?  Why not only go directly to the Source, Jesus?  These are questions worthy of an explanation. Let’s… Read More
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HIS WAY…OUR WAY…THE ONLY WAY

Many people celebrate Easter, joyfully.  Women don festive hats.  Children hunt for eggs.  Easter baskets are filled with chocolates and other surprises. In addition, churches are bursting at the seams on Easter Sunday morning. Often this Easter “routine” is done without the understanding of the true meaning of this joyous feast. What are we celebrating… Read More
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PONTIUS PILATE POLITICIANS

Pontius Pilate played a pivotal role in the Passion of Christ.  As a Roman political leader he had the power to free an innocent man from an unjust punishment. But, he chose a different path. Pilate admitted that he could find no reason to condemn Jesus. His opinion was thus stated. However, the crowds put… Read More
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GOD SUFFERED

The Old Testament account of Abraham and his obedience to God’s call for him to offer his son, Isaac, is often referred to as a type of the offering of Jesus. Can you imagine the pain Abraham experienced as he was walking alongside his son, preparing for this ultimate sacrifice of the life of Isaac?… Read More
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WE LIVE TO DIE AND DIE TO LIVE

One thing is for certain in this life…we are all going to die.  For many, this is a very frightening thought.  It shouldn’t be; because in reality, we actually live to die so that we might live eternally. God created us for life. A life with Him.  But, through our disobedience, death entered the world…. Read More
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WORTH THE WEIGHT

Some days, because of our busy and stressful lives, we may feel like we have the weight of the world on us. We may be worried about many things, our relationships, our families, our jobs, our health, or maybe our financial struggles. All of these things can weigh on our minds and preoccupy our thoughts…. Read More
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EXPERIENCE MASS TRANSIT

Last Saturday, I decided to embark on a road trip to visit my children and grandchildren. This journey by car is over 600 miles leaving me much time for a personal quiet retreat. It was a day that I would miss daily Mass, something that has become an essential component of my day, or would… Read More
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THE REAL INCONVENIENT TRUTH

Most of us are familiar with the global warming documentary, An Inconvenient Truth. If we stop and ponder this very title, we must ask ourselves if global warming is the inconvenient truth or could it be something or someone else? As Catholics, we know that there is only one Truth and this Truth is Jesus… Read More
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TAKE YOUR SPIRITUAL TEMPERATURE

How are you feeling today? Most of us, hopefully, are feeling pretty good. And if each of us took our temperature it would probably register around 98.6. For our physical body, this temperature is neither hot nor cold. It’s just right for our body to function optimally. But, what is the optimal temperature for our… Read More
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RUN TO THE CROSS

Most of us, during difficult times in our lives, know that we are carrying our cross in life. By uniting our sufferings and our struggles with that of Christ on the Cross, our life has meaning. Carrying the cross is never easy. And, we tend to be thankful when the weight of the cross is… Read More
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CHRIST-FIT

Many are familiar with the recent explosion in the CrossFit method of physical fitness. CrossFit is designed to achieve greater levels of health and fitness in individuals through programs that meet people where they are and take them to the next level of fitness. Many hours each week are devoted to this goal of achieving… Read More
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ARE YOU A ROMAN CATHOLIC OR A ROAMIN’ CATHOLIC? 

Being a Roman Catholic is unique from other Christian faiths because Catholicism is universal. The tenets of our faith are the same whether you live in America or Australia, Amsterdam or Antarctica. And to better understand all that the Church teaches, we have the Catechism of the Catholic Church. The Catechism enables the People of… Read More
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IS GOD REALLY LISTENING?

Sometimes many of us feel our prayers to God are not answered. Maybe we pray for health, and we remain sick. Or, maybe we have bills to pay, mouths to feed, or children who have wandered from the faith. For all of these things we pray very hard. But our prayers seem to fall on… Read More
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ELECTRONIC DEPENDENCE SYNDROME

Have you observed the current phenomena of social behavior I will define as Electronic Dependence Syndrome or EDS for short? Many people suffer from this malady to varying degrees. Common symptoms include the need to have your cell phone on or in front of you at all times, the constant anticipation of a text message… Read More
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PRAY-GATING BEFORE MASS

Football season is a time of great anticipation for fans across the nation. Many go to great lengths to prepare for each game. Particularly with college and professional games, fans arrive hours early to “prepare” for the game by tailgating. Tailgating is a form of socializing with others before the big game. Fans rally together… Read More
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BABY JESUS IN THE MANGER

In Sacred Scripture we read, “And this will be a sign for you: you will find an infant wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger.” (Lk ‪2:12‬). Have you ever pondered upon this verse in Sacred Scripture? Why did the angel announce that Christ, the infant, would be found lying in a manger?… Read More
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WORRIED ABOUT YOUR CHILDREN’S FAITH?

At our parish, there is a box for depositing written prayer intentions, in order for others to keep in prayer. Frequently the box contains intentions from mothers who are worried about their children, children who have lost their faith and have wandered from the Church. Both mothers and fathers often wish they had a “do-over”… Read More
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REVERENCE LOST

There was a time, not so very long ago, that going to Holy Mass required much preparation. Fasting from all food and drink, except water, began at midnight the night before Mass. Weekly confession was a practice by many, in order to be worthy to receive Holy Eucharist. Dressing in appropriate attire meant wearing our… Read More
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 IT’S A WONDERFUL TIME OF THE YEAR

Almost everyone loves the weeks before Christmas. Many are busy with shopping and parties. Others are baking Christmas goodies and sending out Christmas cards. In the midst of all of the hustle and bustle, there is a joy in the air that is hard to define. The joy we experience preparing for Christmas has so… Read More
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ALL THE TIME IN THE WORLD…AND THEN SOME

A common complaint frequently heard is that there are not enough hours in the day. Many may also contend that there are never enough hours in the night!  Whatever it is, most of us could simply use a little more time. It’s interesting that the one thing God gave us equally is time in each… Read More
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JUST BECAUSE YOU CAN, DOESN’T MEAN YOU SHOULD

We’ve all had the opportunity to experience all-you-can-eat buffet restaurants. Many people enjoy this type of dining because of the variety of food choices that are offered, the convenience of not having to wait for food to be prepared, and the pleasure of selecting food by its appearance. For some, this is a preferred restaurant… Read More
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ARE YOU BEING PRUNED?

You don’t have to be a green thumb to know the benefits of pruning a fruit tree. Pruning allows a tree to actually bear more fruit even though a part of a branch is being trimmed back. Often, we are faced with difficult times in our life that can be painful to experience. Sometimes we… Read More
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IS YOUR SPIRITUAL TANK FULL?

The New Evangelization has had a mixed response from many Catholics. It is not unusual to hear how evangelizing is a “Protestant thing”. Many Catholics simply do not want to impose their faith on others, nor do they want to knock on doors spreading their faith. Our faith is a private matter to many. Is… Read More
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ETERNAL INSURANCE

  Do you look forward to attending Mass every Sunday, can’t wait to get there, and arrive early in anticipation of receiving Jesus in the Eucharist? From my weekly observations, most Catholics arrive at Mass within a 10-minute window, from five minutes before until five minutes after Mass begins, not too early and not too… Read More
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THE ROSARY…AN INVESTMENT IN YOUR FUTURE

Finding the time to pray is sometimes a challenge.  And, finding the time and the will to pray the rosary is not easy. After all, the rosary has 53 Hail Mary’s, 6 Our Father’s, and a few other prayers sprinkled in. With all of these repetitive prayers, praying the rosary may become tiring. All of… Read More
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LET THE SON SHINE IN

We all know that the earth revolves around the sun each day. The portion of the earth that faces the sun experiences its light. When the earth rotates away from the sun, darkness ensues. And so it is, day and night, light and darkness. Much like the earth’s relationship with the sun, our relationship with… Read More
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HELL TO PAY

Often we hear from many in our culture that as long as we are good and lead a decent life, then when we die we will go to heaven. According to our secular culture, it doesn’t really matter if we believe in God, pray, or go to church. If we are good and treat others… Read More
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AHA! MOMENTS…”IT IS THE LORD!”

  Many times we are surprised by things that happen in our lives. Sometimes we experience events in our lives, which we often refer to as coincidences, chance, or even fate. But with God, there are no coincidences, chances, or fate occurrences. Only with eyes of faith can we begin to see the events in… Read More
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SPIRITUAL UNEMPLOYMENT

There’s been much talk and much concern about the unemployment rate in our country. The rate of unemployment currently being tracked is for those who do not have a job and do not earn a paycheck. With our attention focused on physical employment, jobs and work, we fail to track another very important statistic, the… Read More
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READ THE OWNER’S MANUAL

How often have you purchased a new car, a new appliance, or a new power tool and skipped reading the owner’s manual? Let’s face it…owner’s manuals are usually long, not easy to understand, and contain information we think we already know. Generally, many of us throw the document in a draw never to retrieve it… Read More
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PLANNED PARENTHOOD: 97% GOOD?

We have all heard the stories of the gruesome abortions performed by Planned Parenthood. As Catholics, we all understand that all abortions are not only gruesome, but they always take the life of an innocent creation of God. Currently, tax dollars help fund these abortions. Many argue that abortion is only 3% of their business,… Read More
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THE DEVIL IS REAL

Many believe that the devil (also known as Satan and the evil one) is merely a concept to describe evil. But let it be clear that the devil is real and he and the many other evil spirits are very active in this world. The main goal of the devil is the destruction of your… Read More
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GO TO YOUR MOTHER

We all have busy lives and have much on our minds. Do you ever feel just a bit overwhelmed with the demands of your daily life? Do you need a little relief from the pressures you face daily? The answer…go to your Mother…your heavenly Mother, Mary. She is the express lane to her Son, Jesus…. Read More
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EVERYTHING WE HAVE BELONGS TO GOD

Stop for a moment and take a quick mental inventory of everything you own. Maybe you own a home, a car or two, furniture, art, designer clothes, jewelry, musical instruments, books, collectables and the list goes on. Include in your inventory any money you have in the bank, investments, and retirement accounts. Perhaps you own… Read More
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“WWJD?”: SEEKING THE TRUTH

What would Jesus do? We’ve heard this question over and over for many years. WWJD has even gone retail, with jewelry, posters, t-shirts, and other promotional materials becoming popular consumables. So, is “WWJD?” the question we should be asking in times of critical decision making? Maybe we should actually be asking, “What did Jesus do?”… Read More
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GOD IS PRO-CHOICE

God is pro-choice. What a statement! The fact is God created us all with a free will. He created us free to choose right or wrong, good or evil, and Heaven or hell. When God created us in His image, He wanted us to love Him freely and to follow His commands by our choice,… Read More
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HOLY MASS IS NOT A SPECTATOR SPORT

Where do we as Catholics go every Sunday for about an hour? If your answer is “church,” try again. Catholics don’t simply go to church. That is what other Christian traditions do. Catholics actually participate in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. Do you come to every Mass prepared to participate? Let’s see, if you… Read More
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SPIRITUAL WARDROBE MALFUNCTION

Have you ever had a loose thread coming from one of your buttons? Once you start pulling on the thread it continues to unravel. The button then becomes less secure until it finally detaches from the garment. Without the button, your garment is in need of repair so that it can function properly once again…. Read More
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A LIFE OF SACRIFICIAL LOVE

When engaged in discussions about difficult Church teachings, the subject of allowing priests to marry inevitably comes up. Many believe that celibacy, abstinence from sexual intimacy, is too much to ask of a person and too difficult to follow. Celibacy is looked at as a curse rather than a life of sacrificial love. Catholic priests… Read More
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THE NEW SOCIAL ORDER VS. GOD’S CREATIVE ORDER 

We have a God, who since the beginning of time, is, was, and will forever be a God of order. Everything He created was done in an orderly, intentional way. Nothing He created was accomplished by chance, or in leaving his creatures to devise their own truth about the order of creation and their participation… Read More
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MAN AND WOMAN HE CREATED THEM

Sometimes in life, we desire earthly things that may not be compatible with God’s will for us. This happened in the Garden of Eden with God’s very first creatures, Adam and Eve. They desired something that looked good, promised to be very tasty, and would make them better than they already were. And, they went… Read More
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SAME-SEX “MARRIAGE”… WHAT NEXT?

The Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) recently ruled that states must recognize the unions of same-sex couples as “marriages”. Of course, this goes against natural law and God’s law. Many Catholics were silent on this issue and two “Catholic” Supreme Court justices supported this new definition of marriage. However, the Church’s position on… Read More
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EZ PASS INTO HEAVEN?

  We live in a culture where quick information, quick results, and even quick meals are expectations for many of us. If a computer program takes what-seems-to-be-a-lifetime to load, or the internet does not respond in nano seconds, it may cause us to spin into an impatient frenzy. We want things fast and easy. Express… Read More
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Romans 6:23

23 For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
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Right Door

The Life: Sacraments and obedience. I. John 3:5 VII. Romans 14:6-12 II. John 6:53-58 VIII. Galatians 5:16-25 III. John 15:10-11 IX. 1 Thessalonians 4:3 IV. Romans 6:22-23 X. 2 Timothy 4:3-4 V. Romans 8:28 XI. James 2:14-26 VI. Romans 12:2 XII. James 5:14-15 John 3:5 5 Jesus answered, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless… Read More
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Philippians 2:5-11

5 Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus, 6 who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, 7 but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men. 8 Being found in… Read More
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Middle Door

The Truth: Sacred Scripture, Sacred Tradition, and Magisterial Teachings contain all Truth. There is only one Truth, Jesus himself. I. Matthew 16:13-20 VII. John 21:15-17 II. Matthew 16:19 VIII. John 21:25 III. Mark 10:6-12 IX. 2 Thessalonians 2:15 IV. Luke 22:31-32 X. 2 Timothy 4:1-4 V. John 8:31-32 XI. 2 Timothy 3:16-17 VI. John 20:30-31… Read More
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Matthew 17:5

5 While he was still speaking, a bright cloud overshadowed them, and behold, a voice out of the cloud said, “This is My beloved Son, with whom I am well-pleased; listen to Him!”
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Left Door

The Way: we must imitate/follow Jesus in order to enter into eternal life. I. Matthew 17:5 VII. Galatians 4:4-7 II. John 2:1-7 VIII. Ephesians 4:1-6 III. John 3:16 IX. Ephesians 4:25-32 IV. Acts 4:11-12 X. Philippians 2:5-11 V. Romans 5:3-5 XI. Colossians 3:1-17 VI. Romans 6:23 XII. 2 John 1:5-9 Matthew 17:5 5 While he… Read More
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John 3:16

16 “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.
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John 2:1-7

On the third day there was a wedding in Cana of Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there; 2 and both Jesus and His disciples were invited to the wedding. 3 When the wine ran out, the mother of Jesus *said to Him, “They have no wine.” 4 And Jesus *said to her, “Woman,… Read More
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Galatians 4:4-7

4 But when the fullness of the time came, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the Law, 5 so that He might redeem those who were under the Law, that we might receive the adoption as sons. 6 Because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His… Read More
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Ephesians 4:25-32

25 Therefore, laying aside falsehood, speak truth each one of you with his neighbor, for we are members of one another. 26 Be angry, and yet do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, 27 and do not give the devil an opportunity. 28 He who steals must steal no… Read More
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ephesians-4-1-6

4 Therefore I, the prisoner of the Lord, implore you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling with which you have been called, 2 with all humility and gentleness, with patience, showing tolerance for one another in love, 3 being diligent to preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace…. Read More
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colossians-3-1-17

3 Therefore if you have been raised up with Christ, keep seeking the things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. 2 Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth. 3 For you have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God…. Read More
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Acts 4:11-12

11 He is the stone which was rejected by you, the builders, but which became the chief corner stone. 12 And there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men by which we must be saved.”
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2 John 1:5-9

5 Now I ask you, lady, not as though I were writing to you a new commandment, but the one which we have had from the beginning, that we love one another. 6 And this is love, that we walk according to His commandments. This is the commandment, just as you have heard from the… Read More
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