Dec092012
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A GREAT BIG THANKS GOES OUT TO…

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At Mass this weekend, you will most likely hear (or have heard) about the Retired Religious Fund.  You may be wondering why this cause is so important.  Today, in the United States, there are over 34,000 retired Catholic sisters, brothers, and...

Dec082012
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OUR PATRONESS: THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION

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In our nation's capital city, Washington D.C., stands a beautiful shrine dedicated to Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception. The shrine that I am talking about is the largest church in North America and one of the ten largest churches in the...

Dec072012
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RESTORATION FROM EXILE

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The Year: 587 BCThe Place: The Promised LandThe Event: The Fall of Jerusalem to the BabyloniansThe Results: Death, Destruction, Devastation and Deportation The Lord God had gloriously liberated His people from slavery in Egypt.  He led them out...

Dec062012
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DO YOU BELIEVE IN SANTA? THE REAL STORY OF ST. NICHOLAS

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This post by Mark Hart was originally featured on the Lifeteen blog on December 6, 2011.  It reappears here with permission.  To view the original post at lifeteen.com, click here.   Thanks, Mark! Image from Lifeteen.com Okay, it’s...

Dec052012
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CONFESSION – A ROMAN CATHOLIC APP

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We build Catholic apps – it isn’t something most people are accustomed to hearing.  In fact, saying it has gotten our team our fair share of funny looks, both from the secular and religious community.  I’m sure you can imagine the look on...

Dec042012
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GOOD AND BETTER CONFESSIONS

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Since confession is shrouded in secrecy, I find that people are sometimes curious to know how they “stack up” as penitents.  Are they making “good” confessions?  Could they improve?  What follows are a few hints. Basically, we make a...

Dec032012
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HEARING FORGIVENESS

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We could feel each other breathe, hear the other's heart and sense the festering thoughts in our heads.  My sister and I had been fighting and until we apologized, and meant it, we would have to remain standing stomach-to-stomach, as our mother...

Dec022012
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BEGINNING A NEW (CHURCH) YEAR

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Happy new year! Today, the Church turns the calendar to a new liturgical year. I'm sure you already know that we celebrate different seasons, with different vestment colors and hymns. But these aren’t just spread throughout the year to...

Dec012012
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AM I READY?

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As a child, I fondly remember playing the game, “Hide and Seek.”  The seeker would count to fifty while the hiders would find a place to conceal themselves.  Once the number 50 arrived, the seeker would shout, “Ready or not, here I...

Nov302012
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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 day!  But as excited as I am today about getting married, on this great feast, I want to tell you about my baby...

Nov292012
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CELEBRATING ADVENT AS A CATHOLIC FAMILY

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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 we commence the season of Advent.  In the weeks leading up to Christmas, we have a unique opportunity to enjoy devotions...

Nov282012
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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 Labouré was in the chapel and heard a noise that was similar to the swishing of a silken gown, and saw Our Lady holding a...

Nov272012
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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 time,”1 the time of the fulfillment of God's promises and preparations. Mary was invited to conceive him in whom...

Nov262012
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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 collection that is very Tolkeinesque, with some very vivid depictions of the struggle between good and evil, set in a world...

Nov252012
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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 people that you can no longer discern what body odor belongs to you. And yet, despite the fact that every single person...

Nov242012
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¡VIVA CRISTO REY! LONG LIVE CHRIST THE KING!

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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.  This martyr, like many of his Mexican brothers and sisters, risked his life to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  He...

Nov232012
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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 sincere giving of himself.” (Gaudium et Spes, 24) I wonder where you are as you're reading this on “black Friday.”...

Nov222012
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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?  What are the things that have brought you closer to Jesus, to deeper faith, to be more understanding, patient and...

Nov212012
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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 thunderstorms and concluded with a sunlit, morning delivery of unexpected twins. The premature, tiny, fragile surprises...

Nov202012
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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 ministry were already salvific, for they anticipated the power of his Paschal mystery. They announced and prepared what he...

Nov192012
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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 answer by confessing: “For us men and for our salvation he came down from heaven; by the power of the Holy Spirit, he...

Nov182012
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INSTEAD OF MARTHA STEWART, TRY ST. MARY AND ST. MARTHA

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Thanksgiving can be a stressful holiday, with the fattening stressful mix of intense cooking, intense cleaning, visiting relatives and the hard push of the TV, only the 32 days until Christmas, how do we make this holiday a day of blessed sacred...

Nov172012
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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 heat, football, anticipation of good food in coming holidays (perhaps this week!), anticipation of decorations, baking,...

Nov162012
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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 Redemption was accomplished.  He is called to share in that suffering through which all human suffering has also been...

Nov152012
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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 different personalities and unique traits.  But all of them were fascinated by the beauty of God and they radiated that beauty...