Sep102013
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THE GREATEST CHOICE OF OUR LIVES

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We are born; we live; we die.  Is that it?  What a sad, worthless existence that would be!  For most people there seems to be an innate desire to make a difference, to leave a mark on the world, to attest that one’s existence has meaning. ...

Sep092013
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CATECHESIS IN THE HOME: 5 SIMPLE HABITS TO DEVELOP AS A FA...

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Since parents have given children their life, they are bound by the most serious obligation to educate their offspring and therefore must be recognized as the primary and principal educators.- Gravissimum Educationis, 3 It is probably no...

Sep082013
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HER BIRTHDAY PRESENT TO US

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September 8th.  The day we celebrate the feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary – her birthday!  Exactly 9 months after we celebrate the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, we celebrate the day our Mother was born.  It’s a...

Sep072013
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BLUEPRINTS

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On this Sunday where the Church also recalls the Nativity of Mary (after a perfect 9 month pregnancy from December – kudos to St. Anne!), Jesus asks us about our blueprints. What are the blueprints of our lives? I’m a Christian financial...

Sep062013
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THE GREAT GIFT OF PEACE

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It seems like every time you turn on the news or log in to your Twitter and Facebook, more bad news out of Syria keeps popping up.  It is nearly impossible to ignore the words and images constantly being flashed across our screens.  Pope Francis...

Sep052013
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EXTRAORDINARY ORDINARY

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I wish I could remember what she said, how her hands felt, how she looked.  I wish I could say that day changed my life entirely, that I had a dramatic conversion and dedicated my life to Christ, that there were rays of light, visions, and...

Sep042013
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THE PROBLEM OF SUFFERING

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Suffering is, and probably should be, the most serious difficulty we face in our faith.  By saying “should be,” I don't mean that suffering should be sought after, as if we could presume to be able to face difficulties like athletes in...

Sep032013
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FAITH LIVED IN LOVE

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In its essence, faith involves a discovery of God's love.  It is God's love that saves and calls us to new life.  Our faith is centered in God who is love, an eternal exchange of love as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.  Faith is a call to...

Sep022013
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A HEART WHICH SEES

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Editor's Note: Today, as we observe Labor Day, it is important for us to remember that every human being holds the basic right to be respected.  We have this right, not because of who we are or what we have, but because we are created in the...

Sep012013
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LOVING COMMUNION IN THE FAMILY

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Apostolic Exhortation Familiaris Consortio of Pope John Paul II to the Episcopate, to the Clergy and to the Faithful of the Whole Catholic Church on the role of the Christian Family in the Modern World. Given in Rome, at St. Peter’s, on the...

Aug312013
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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 a time of renewing my focus and strength.  The day's problems and responsibilities don’t go away, but I...

Aug302013
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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 you.Alice: Why?Pat: Because you still have something to do.Alice: What would I do?Pat: Don't worry, Mom. God will tell...

Aug292013
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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 boy. He had been horribly abused and neglected, and he made it clear he did not want to be with us. How? Although his...

Aug282013
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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 a two page essay.   Augustine, born in 354 in modern day Algeria, died in 430 at the age of seventy-five in the city...

Aug272013
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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 her life, what we do know is how important she is to our Catholic faith, even today. Placed into an arranged marriage...

Aug262013
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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 Good News to others!  The Lord will use different people at different times to do this, and most of the time it will be...

Aug252013
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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 are more to come in the coming month.  Keeping Mary in mind, we wanted to share an excerpt with you from Cardinal Timothy...

Aug242013
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THROUGH THE NARROW GATE

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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 question?  Are we not much more content to presume that all will be saved, or at least all but those we see as the most...

Aug232013
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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 was a joy to witness their vows, and sealing them with the gift of rings. Meanwhile, the invisible grace of God entered...

Aug222013
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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 centuries. We see in the diversity of the Catholic Church, a powerful and rich response to God’s 4th commandment...

Aug212013
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TO RENEW ALL THINGS IN CHRIST

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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 Patronal Feast on the Sunday closest to the actual Feast.  This year, his Feast will replace the twenty-first Sunday...

Aug202013
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BECOMING A BETTER CATHOLIC

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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 to carry out the mission of the Church as the Director of Religious Education? My answer: Our job as religious...

Aug192013
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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 still more are getting ready to head back in the coming weeks.  Getting the kids ready and starting to settle back into a...

Aug182013
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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 of life. These two meanings or values of marriage cannot be separated without altering the couple’s spiritual life...

Aug172013
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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 preheat. I didn't check and was unaware that someone had stashed a plastic food tray lid in the oven that proceeded...