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A time of preparation

A time of preparation We are approaching a beautiful time of the liturgical year, the Advent season.  This time of expectation is about preparing for the “coming” of Jesus in the celebration of his birth.  It is a time filled with anticipation; as the Church makes present the expectancy of the Mess...
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Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Taking time for God

Taking time for God “For it is in giving that we receive.”  These words from the Prayer of St. Francis of Assisi are beautiful and true.  When our hearts and minds are set on Jesus, we understand how this message affects our lives.  We can never surpass the generosity of God; but in trying,...
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Friday, November 11, 2016

Defend the fullness of faith!

Defend the fullness of faith! “Here I am Lord, I have come to do your will.”  – Hebrews 10:9     I am very grateful to share my thoughts regularly in this column, “Gratitude for the Gift of Faith.”  I take this responsibility to prayer each time I sit down to write.  I ask...
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Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Be wise, and ask for God's guidance

Be wise, and ask for God's guidance We have a special jar in our home that we use for writing prayer intentions. The “prayer jar” contains appeals for our concerns, prayers of thanksgiving and hope for our needs.  Periodically, I go through the folded pieces of paper and reflect on the progress of our requests.  ...
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Thursday, October 13, 2016

It's not always about the numbers….

It's not always about the numbers…. We celebrate the milestones in our lives, and we get specific when it comes to numbers. The number of birthdays we celebrate, and the silver, golden, and diamond anniversaries. A jubilee is a celebration with rejoicing. In the Roman Catholic Church, a jubilee is an appointed year or period, ordinar...
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Thursday, September 22, 2016

Images of life...

Images of life... I recently perused 30 years of photo albums to scan pictures for our son’s upcoming wedding.  Those who know me recognize that I love to capture memories with photographs. The digital processes in technology make images instantly available.  We can take a photo and send it through c...
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Thursday, September 08, 2016

Traveling the road to Damascus

Traveling the road to Damascus We make promises and work faithfully to build strong relationships in our lives.  We are often bound to written contracts with legal connections. But there is only one agreement that is offered with love and eternal promises, and that is our covenant with God. He has made covenants throughout...
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Thursday, August 25, 2016

Restoring Christian spirit in the world

Restoring Christian spirit in the world All Catholics should be concerned with personal salvation – for ourselves and for those we love.  It is essential to be preparing for eternal life while living here on earth. We must not grow cold in our relationship with God, the Creator of all things!  I am infinitely grateful for...
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Thursday, August 11, 2016

Rooted and grounded in Faith

Rooted and grounded in Faith Do you feel like your spirit is broken by the current events in our world? It is sometimes difficult to realize the goodness around us. There is a way to handle the frustration, but it is not always found in places, things, or people.  It is our responsibility to appreciate that anything is po...
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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Witnessing Christ in the TEC movement

Witnessing Christ in the TEC movement The image of Christ carrying His cross on the way to crucifixion is depicted in many artistic forms, particularly in the fourteen “Stations of the Cross” found in Catholic churches.  In all four canonical Gospels the crucifixion is recounted at a site called Calvary or Golgotha. &#...
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Wednesday, July 06, 2016