Jan032013
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RESOLUTION FOR A NEW YEAR’S DIET? – PART 2

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Editor's Note:  Today is Part 2 of “Resolution for a New Year's Diet?” with Fr. Leo Patalinghug of Grace Before Meals.  If you missed Part 1, click here.  Happy reading!  (and eating!)   My interest with food is connected to...

Jan022013
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RESOLUTION FOR A NEW YEAR’S DIET? – PART 1

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It's a typical New Year’s Resolution:  eat healthier. Somehow TV commercials and wishful thinking has convinced us that eating healthier and going to the gym will make us happier.  It makes sense that a healthier life would equal a...

Jan012013
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MOTHER OF GOD, MY MOTHER

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On January 1, the Church celebrates the great Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God.  Mary's Divine Motherhood is one of the Four Marian Dogmas.  The other three are the Immaculate Conception, Mary's perpetual virginity, and her glorious...

Dec312012
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TE DEUM 2012

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Tonight's a big night!  Many of us will gather with family or friends to eat good food, watch the ball drop, ring in the New Year and go to bed (a bit tired) to start tomorrow with the intention of making 2013 the best year yet. Tonight is...

Dec302012
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PRAYING THE ROSARY TOGETHER

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Editor's Note: The idea for this post originated when a Catholic high school theology teacher shared his discouragement about how few of his students pray the Rosary with their families.  He asked his classes how many have ever prayed the...

Dec292012
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OUR HOLY FAMILIES

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We first meet The Holy Family in Bethlehem (which is why we have this Solemnity today and not some other time of the year). For when God decided to become a member of our human family, he took a mother, Mary, and a foster father, Joseph, and thus...

Dec282012
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REFLECTING ON THE HOLY INNOCENTS

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“A voice was heard in Ramah,sobbing and loud lamentation:Rachel weeping for her children,and she would not be consoled,since they were no more.”  Matthew 2:18  Innocence is such a fragile and precious gift…. one definition: “The...

Dec272012
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A MARVELOUS EXCHANGE

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522      The coming of God's Son to earth is an event of such immensity that God willed to prepare for it over centuries. He makes everything converge on Christ: all the rituals and sacrifices, figures and symbols of the “First...

Dec262012
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PICKING UP WHAT SAINT STEPHEN LAID DOWN

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“Steve, I wouldn't pick up any rocks around here, you might get shot,” my father stated as I bent down to pick up a large sandy colored rock. “I'll risk it,” I said defiantly.  Armed Israeli soldiers standing outside the gate...

Dec252012
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WE MUST BEND DOWN

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Editor's Note:  The following are excerpts from Pope Benedict's homily at Midnight Mass in 2011.  Let us join our Holy Father in praying for peace and asking the Child Jesus to make us peacemakers. God has appeared – as a child. It...

Dec242012
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THE MYSTERY OF THE INCARNATION

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The Incarnation was something beyond any human expectation.  When we read the Old Testament today, we see so much that refers to Christ: the prophecies of the Messiah, the anticipation of a new covenant and a new creation.  But it was never...

Dec232012
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A WOMAN WHO LOVES

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The following paragraph and prayer are excerpts from the Pope Benedit XVI’s encyclical letter Deus Caritas Est on Christian Love   Outstanding among the saints is Mary, Mother of the Lord and mirror of all holiness. In the Gospel of...

Dec222012
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LONGING FOR CHRIST

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Lord, make us turn to you; let us see your face and we shall be saved. Longing for the Lord to come is itself a good sign in the spiritual life. Longing to draw closer to Jesus, longing for Him to come more into our lives, into our hearts, to...

Dec212012
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PRACTICING HOSPITALITY THAT CHANGES US

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“It is no use to say that we are born two thousand years too late to give room to Christ. Nor will those who live at the end of the world have been born too late. Christ is always with us, always asking for room in our hearts.” These words...

Dec202012
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THE #GRATEFULTWEET MOVEMENT: REDEEMING OUR FIRST SOCIAL ME...

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What's the first thing you do as soon as you wake up in the morning after turning off your alarm?  Roll over and kiss your spouse? Say a quick prayer? Shuffle your way to the bathroom? Head to the kitchen for a glass of water? A number of...

Dec192012
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GOD’S GRACE IN HOLIDAY GRIEF

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Advent has always been a special season for my family, with its invitation to slow down and wait with our Church family in quiet expectation as we prepare for the coming of the Lord. It’s also a time of heightened emotions where Christian and...

Dec182012
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OUR OWN LITTLE TOWN OF BETHLEHEM

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The Crèche, or “Nativity Scene” as it is most often called, has become an important part of our Christmas celebration.  For many of us, the story of the birth of Jesus first came to life through those sweet little figurines, engaging our...

Dec172012
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O ANTIPHONS (SOUND FAMILIAR?)

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It's a busy time of year. There are only 8 shopping days left until Christmas (because, you have to have your gifts ready on Christmas day. Right?). You might think, “I'm busy looking for the perfect crock pot for my son who doesn't...

Dec162012
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LOOKING FOR SOME NEW FAMILY CHRISTMAS TRADITIONS?

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Christmas is relatively easy to explain to our children.  What kid doesn’t love a birthday party?  Even so, it does take some effort to keep Christ in Christmas for our children who are inundated with secularism and materialism.  With...

Dec152012
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REJOICE!

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St. Paul says it best when he writes to the Philippians: “Brothers and sisters, rejoice!  I say it again: rejoice!  Everyone should see how unselfish you are.  The coming of Christ draws near.”  These are words I’m sure...

Dec142012
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IT’S A LOVE STORY (PART 2)

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Editor’s Note: Today’s post is part two of the “It’s a Love Story” series.  If you missed part one yesterday, click here to read it first.   My parents met at a gas station, a Shell station to be more precise....

Dec132012
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IT’S A LOVE STORY (PART 1)

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Recently I had the great privilege of flying across the country to witness the marriage of two very dear friends. I watched the groom's face light up and his eyes fill with tears as he saw his beautiful bride coming down the aisle. The great...

Dec122012
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MARíA DE GUADALUPE, STAR OF THE NEW EVANGELIZATION

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In each baptism, we are reminded that the Church rejoices because God's family increases. Moreover, four graces are bestowed on the person who receives this sacrament of regeneration. First, the person who is baptized, receives forgiveness of...

Dec112012
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HELLO, IT’S ME, ADVENT!

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I'm glad I'm a Catholic who celebrates liturgical seasons.  I think they are fun to observe and experience.  Christmas and Easter, appropriately so, get the most attention with beautiful decorations and opportunities to display imagery of...

Dec102012
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THE MYSTERY IN US

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463   Belief in the true Incarnation of the Son of God is the distinctive sign of Christian faith: “By this you know the Spirit of God: every spirit which confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is of God.”[1] Such is the joyous...