Oct052013
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NOT A BURDEN

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Did you know that the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) offers a daily video reflection for that day's Gospel reading?  These videos can be a wonderful resource when it comes to taking some time to reflect on the daily...

Oct042013
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BECOMING HIM WHOM WE EAT AND DRINK

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My novitiate year as a Capuchin Franciscan was one of the best years of my life. One of the best things about my year of novitiate was that it was also one of the more challenging. Where I was once able to find and experience God, I no longer did....

Oct032013
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ARISE O SLEEPER

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My first year out of college, I worked at a residential treatment facility for at-risk teenage girls in Wyoming.  The treatment facility also coupled as a ranch and boarding school for troubled teenage girls ages thirteen to twenty-one. Since my...

Oct022013
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RIGHT ANGLE ON ANGELS

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I do not enjoy math.  It is not that I do not appreciate the skill of basic number-crunching (particularly when bills come due), or even the deep love that some people have for statistics, diagnostics, percentages, and so on. It is that I do not...

Oct012013
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OF THE CHILD JESUS AND THE HOLY FACE

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Most people know her as the “Little Flower”, which is a name by which St. Therese refers to herself in her autobiography Story of a Soul.  Many know her as St. Therese of the Child Jesus due to her devotion to the Child Jesus since her own...

Sep302013
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THE CHURCH’S HOLY GROUCH

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Some saints need public relations work.  Saint Jerome (347-420) may well be first in line.  If the Little Flower might be fun to have for tea, and Saint Francis is reliably good with house pets, Jerome is the type who is likely to scare the...

Sep292013
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GUARDING AND PROTECTING

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What exactly is an Archangel?  Really, all that the title of Archangel means is “an angel of high rank.”  Today, we celebrate the feast day of the Archangels Michael, Gabriel and Raphael.  These three, all mentioned in Scripture,...

Sep282013
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A LIVING MYSTERY

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After 2,000 years of Christianity, we have become very used to the Christian story. Stories of violence in the Middle East, or the difficulties of trying to make ends meet in the current economy, seem to us to be more “real” than the stories...

Sep272013
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TEACHING CHILDREN TO PRAY

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An undeniably gorgeous aspect of our faith is the abundance of prayers and prayer tradition our rich faith offers us. We as parents have an awesome responsibility of helping guide our children toward the Lord. The most fundamental way to journey...

Sep262013
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A JOURNEY TO CONVERSION

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Editor's Note: This reflection was written when Fr. Davis was a deacon. He was ordained to the priesthood June 2013 in New York.   As I complete my studies at St. Joseph Seminary, Yonkers, N.Y., and look back on my path to the Holy...

Sep252013
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GOD’S FAITHFULNESS

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The Old Testament is rich with images and passages demonstrating the life of faith.  These passages are striking examples of God's faithfulness to His chosen people even as He continually calls His people to ever greater faithfulness. In...

Sep242013
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WISDOM KNOWS ALL AND UNDERSTANDS ALL

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Fides et Ratio (Faith and Reason), an encyclical letter of Pope John Paul II to the Bishops of the Catholic Church on the Relationship between Faith and Reason.  Given in Rome at St. Peter’s on September 14, 1998, the Feast of the Triumph of...

Sep232013
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MY FRIEND PADRE PIO

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It has been reported that I've been seen in two places at the same time. But unlike Padre Pio, who possessed a true gift of bilocation, mine was a case of mistaken identity; I am an identical twin. Being a mother of 10 children has stretched...

Sep222013
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ANOINTED WITH DIGNITY

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Editor's Note: During his Wednesday Angelus on the Feast of St. Joseph the Worker, Pope Francis spent some time focusing on the dignity of work.  He reminds us that each one of us in created in the image of God, who also worked.  Today, as...

Sep212013
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OUR JACKPOT

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The Christian philosopher Blaise Pascal wrote “It is not good to have too much liberty. It is not good to have all one wants.” The readings today are a sharp reminder for us of the need to smarten up about how we deal with the...

Sep202013
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STRENGTHENING THE LOVE

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Helping couples who are struggling with infertility has been a very challenging and rewarding part of my practice as a physician. I find myself eagerly awaiting the result of each pregnancy test just as much as the couples themselves. If months or...

Sep192013
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THE DIFFICULT CHOICE

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It was just two weeks after the birth of my ninth baby, and days after my youngest brother’s death in a car accident.  I stopped breastfeeding immediately as I needed many tests including an MRI and CT scan, the latter of which required the...

Sep182013
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OPUS SOLIDARITATIS PAX

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In Solicitudo rei socialis, the encyclical that cemented justice and peace as central to what John Paul II called the “social magisterium” of the Church, the pope taught us that solidarity is the work that brings peace.  At this time in world...

Sep172013
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SOWING SEEDS OF LIFE

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But blessed are your eyes, for they see, and your ears, for they hear.- Matthew 13:16 The evangelist Matthew tells a powerful story about life and growth in the parable of the sower.  It’s not enough to cast seed about with the expectation...

Sep162013
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PAYING A DEBT OF JUSTICE

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VI. Love for the Poor  2443    God blesses those who come to the aid of the poor and rebukes those who turn away from them: “Give to him who begs from you, do not refuse him who would borrow from you”; “you received without pay, give...

Sep152013
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THE CROSS

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Yesterday the Church celebrated the feast of the Triumph of the Holy Cross.  What an incredibly powerful statement that is.  We do not fear the cross, we celebrate it, because it is no longer a symbol of torture and death, but and instrument of...

Sep142013
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WHICH PARTY?

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In The Return of the Prodigal Son, Henry Nouwen describes how we can all act like the older son as well as the younger. We all sin, we all leave the safety and love of the home to search for what ever we think will fulfill us. At the same time,...

Sep132013
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OUR ONLY HOPE

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Editor's Note: Tomorrow, the Church will celebrate the Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross.  To help you prepare for this feast, we’re excited to bring you today’s reflection on the cross – and why it is worth...

Sep122013
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PRAYING THE HOLY NAME OF MARY

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Americans today tend to think of names as more or less means of conventional signification.  To speak of Bloomington when I mean Indiana University or to say West Lafayette in place of Purdue draws on our human capacity to reason and apply...

Sep112013
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PROTECTING CHILDREN IN THE NAME OF CHRIST

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In this Year of Faith, we look to deepen our relationship with God, strengthen our faith and knowledge, and integrate ourselves in the life of the Church by being involved and, at the least, being aware. One opportunity to build God’s kingdom...