August 2013


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Empowered by the Word of God

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I always hope and strive to make time for a daily Holy Hour with God in prayer in front of the Blessed Sacrament.  It is...

Aug302013
About Alice

About Alice

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Pat: If God wants me to go [die], that’s OK.Alice: But I should be the one going.Pat: No, Mom. God doesn't want...

Aug292013
Building a House of Love

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In 2002 my husband and I dived into the deep end of the parenting pool, and fostered a sibling group including a 2-1/2 year old...

Aug282013
Becoming Perfect Praise

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Providing a brief introduction to St. Augustine is a bit akin to summarizing the biography and works of William Shakespeare in...

Aug272013
Prayerful Persistence

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Almost all that we know about St. Monica comes from St. Augustine's work, Confessions.  Though we may not know much about...

Aug262013
A Calling to Be Answered

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Today, and every day, we have the chance to remember how great it is to be Catholic, and to have the opportunity to spread the...

Aug252013
Our Model

Our Model

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Editor's Note: Over the past couple of weeks, the Church has celebrated some very important Marian feast days, and there...

Aug242013
Through the Narrow Gate

Through the Narrow

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“Lord, will only a few people be saved?” (Lk. 13:23)  In our time, have any but the most scrupulous among us asked this...

Aug232013
The Power of the Vow

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This summer, my husband and I watched our daughter and new son-in-love recite their wedding vows before God and His Church. It...

Aug222013
With the Love of Mary

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It's amazing to see how the Blessed Mother has revealed herself to people in so many different cultures throughout the...

Aug212013
To Renew All Things in Christ

To Renew All Thing

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The Universal Church celebrates the Feast of Saint Pius X on August 21.  However, at Saint Pius X in Granger, we celebrate our...

Aug202013
Becoming a Better Catholic

Becoming a Better

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Unsolicited question from a local Catholic high school student: How do you help kids become better Catholics? What do you do...

Aug192013
Back to School Stress Relief

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It's hard to believe that it is back to school time again.  Many students have already returned to the classroom, while...

Aug182013
Love-Giving, Life-Giving

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2363    The spouses' union achieves the twofold end of marriage: the good of the spouses themselves and the transmission...

Aug172013
Ablaze

Ablaze

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We have a favorite family story involving fire that we like to retell. Late one night, I was up baking and turned on the oven to...

Aug162013
Take Time to Rest

Take Time to Rest

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The inability to rest is a sin. What? Well, remember the deadly sin of sloth? There is an opposite side to it that does not...

Aug152013
Restoring Our Hope

Restoring Our Hope

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Did you know that the Assumption is one of only two Dogmas declared infallibly by a Pope?  The other is the Dogma of the...

Aug142013
The Patron Saint of Our Difficult Century

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I remember when I was invited to select a saint for Confirmation along with my 8th grade classmates.  Being 25% Polish, I...

Aug132013
Faith of the Martyrs

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The blood of the martyrs is the seed of Christians. These words come from the first centuries of Christianity.  The death of...

Aug122013
Finding Freedom in the Cloister

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Editor's note:  Yesterday we celebrated the feast of St. Clare and featured a post on her life and the order of sisters...

Aug112013
Joy in the Lord

Joy in the Lord

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What could have inspired a young, Italian noblewoman to leave everything she knew behind to begin a new and radical life? St....

Aug102013
A Sign and Living Witness of Christ the Servant

A Sign and Living

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On this feast day of a deacon, the feast of St. Lawrence, I would like to reflect on this ordained ministry in the...

Aug092013
One Human Family

One Human Family

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As we remember Edith Stein's martyrdom today, we recall the words of Blessed John Paul II from her canonization homily:...

Aug082013
Be a Bearer of the Light of Faith!

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He came for testimony, to testify to the light, so that all might believe through him. He was not the light, but came to...

Aug072013
Football Season is Coming!

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This past week, I was driving down the road and I saw our parish school football team practicing.  I immediately got...