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Seeking the Mercy of God

Seeking the Mercy of God Scripture provides many accounts of individuals who walked the earth with Jesus.  The story of one particular companion gives us reason to pause and think about our own sinfulness, especially during the Jubilee of Mercy.  The conversion of one person can make a difference in the world!...
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Wednesday, April 06, 2016

Called To Witness....

Called To Witness.... Lent is a time for great reflection!  We anticipate the Easter season, a time of hope and new life, but do we really understand our participation in the salvation of souls?    The collective witness of Simon of Cyrene (who carried the cross), Veronica (who wiped Jesus’ face), a...
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Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Hope is never futile

Hope is never futile “I Thirst.”  These were some of the last words spoken by Jesus on the cross. He knew that all things would be accomplished by His death, and that Scripture would be fulfilled.   Jesus proclaimed on the Sermon on the Mount that those who hunger and thirst for righteousness woul...
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Wednesday, March 09, 2016

The Truth That Sets Us Free!

The Truth That Sets Us Free! Jesus Christ is our greatest teacher!  His companion, St. Paul, provides us with important catechesis for times of adversity and joy.  Paul emphasizes that God is faithful and calls us into fellowship with his Son Jesus Christ.  He reveals that Christ did not send him to baptize, but...
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Thursday, February 25, 2016

Jesus is the Way… every day!

Jesus is the Way… every day! “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.' This is the first and greatest commandment" (Matt. 22:37-38).   The Holy Spirit inspired the words of the bible, and chosen people of God have passed it down for our benefit. There are many...
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Thursday, February 11, 2016

What Can We Do for You, Lord?

What Can We Do for You, Lord? “Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift!” – 2 Corinthians 9:15    In this Scripture passage from Second Corinthians, St. Paul is speaking to the people of Corinth in the year 57 A.D.  These Epistles are the most personal and passionate of his letters because he...
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Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Responding to God's Grace

Responding to God's Grace A New Year has begun! Great promises are made in the advertising we view concerning weight loss and getting in good physical condition.  These plans are important, but what about the nourishment and strengthening of our souls?   Our son-in-law is preparing to join the Catholic Church by p...
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Thursday, January 14, 2016

Mercy Revealed!

Mercy Revealed! We will be hearing a great deal about mercy in the year ahead as we celebrate the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy, which Pope Francis opened on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, Dec. 8, 2015.  What does it mean to say that God is merciful?  Mercy is the suppression of justified conde...
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Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Advent … Absolute and Almighty!

Advent … Absolute and Almighty! SourceURL:file://localhost/Users/timlilley/Desktop/Dec 11 WEBSITE/p12 - Zoe Cannon column with edits.docx It seems we are always waiting for something.  What are you waiting for?  We wait for a better day; we wait to find the perfect person to share life with, our children to grow up, a p...
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Thursday, December 10, 2015

On living a virtuous life, and teaching moments

On living a virtuous life, and teaching moments Our present culture is in a great debate on the topic of the dignity of the human person. The written word of God and the teachings of Jesus provide all the knowledge we need. The Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC 1803) provides a section on the virtues, which collectively involves a habitual a...
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Wednesday, November 25, 2015