November 2012

Who is Your St. Andrew?

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Today is the feast of St. Andrew.  It also happens to be my wedding day.  Not my wedding anniversary, but my actual wedding...

Celebrating Advent as a Catholic Family

Celebrating Advent

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Catholic families strive in a unique way to prepare our hearts and homes to celebrate the birth of our savior Jesus Christ as...

The Miraculous Medal

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“O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee.”   On November 27th, 1830, St. Catherine...

By the Power of the Holy Spirit

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“By the power of the Holy Spirit He was Incarnate” 484      The Annunciation to Mary inaugurates “the fullness of...

Preparing to Prepare

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One of my favorite works of fiction is the book series from Robert Jordan titled The Eye of the World. It is a fantasy...

This Is What the Kingdom of Heaven Looks Like

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Picture this: you're sweaty, sticky, hungry, thirsty, exhausted and packed tight into a metro car with so many other sweaty...

¡Viva Cristo Rey!  Long Live Christ the King!

¡Viva Cristo Rey!

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On November 23, 1927 Blessed Miguel Pro exclaimed these words before he was executed for the crime of being a Catholic priest. ...

I Am Gift.

I Am Gift.

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“…man is the only creature on earth that God will for its own sake, man can fully discover his true self only in a...

Attitude of Gratitude – Pass It On!

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We asked a few of our friends to share the less-obvious things they are thankful for this Thanksgiving… What about you?...

The Significance of Christian Community

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My wife went into labor two months early during her first pregnancy. The night commenced with the darkened skies of forecasted...

The Church’s 7 Sacraments

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The Paschal Mystery in the Church's Sacraments 115    Jesus's words and actions during his hidden life and public...

Why Did the Word Become Flesh?

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“For us and our salvation He came down from heaven” Why Did the Word Become Flesh? 456   With the Nicene Creed, we...

Instead of Martha Stewart, Try St. Mary and St. Martha

Instead of Martha

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Thanksgiving can be a stressful holiday, with the fattening stressful mix of intense cooking, intense cleaning, visiting...

Keeping Watch

Keeping Watch

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For many, this is a great time of year:  the leaves change and fall, the decrease in temperature is welcome after the summer...

A Sharer in the Sufferings of Christ

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“Every man has his own share in the Redemption.  Each one is also called to share in that suffering through which the...

The Faith of the Saints

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The saints teach us to look upon reality with the eyes of faith.  They were faith-filled men, women, and children with...



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Have you heard all the buzz?  If you haven’t it’s probably because you’re not yet following @USCCBLive or...

Our 1st American Saint

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St. Frances Xavier Cabrini was born on July 15, 1850 in Northern Italy.  Thanks to the example and teaching of her parents, as...

A Great Jewel:  The Office of Bishop

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One of the central works of the Second Vatican Council was the renewal and reform of the Office of Bishop.  Turning to the...

Jesus: True God & True Man

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464      The unique and altogether singular event of the Incarnation of the Son of God does not mean that Jesus Christ is...

The Widow’s Mite and the Walking Stick

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Last weekend I had the chance to make a retreat at the Trappist Abbey of Gethsemani.  It’s a wonderful place to make a...

You Are God’s Holy Temple

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Today is the Feast of the Dedication of the Lateran Basilica.  (Wondering why we have a feast day for a building?) St. John...

Jesus Christ, the Only Son of God

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The Good News: God has sent his Son 422   “But when the time had fully come, God sent forth his Son, born of a woman,...

The Creator of Heaven and Earth

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The World Was Created for the Glory of God 293      Scripture and Tradition never cease to teach and celebrate this...

A Prayer for Faithful Citizenship

A Prayer for Faith

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Let us pray today for our nation as we elect men and women to represent us and govern our nation with wisdom and integrity. The...