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  • Open Letter to Priests
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    Open Letter to Priests

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    Dear Wounded Fathers, Of course on this brokenhearted day your minds should turn to Ars, that small and despairing French town. The response to this swallowing red-tide of Church evil can be found in there. There, in the secret of its wavy countryside, your comeback lay. Every answer to this omnibus of hierarchical and priestly […]

  • Your Friendly Reminder: Go To Confession!
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    Your Friendly Reminder: Go To Confession!

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    I had one of those terrible moments the other night. You know, the ones where you crush the spirit of your child and know it. It’s awful. I had just sat down with my husband to pray Night Prayer after a long, harrowing day. I was exhausted from the previous night’s insomnia, stressed about our house […]

  • Transfiguration - Just a Stretch of the Legs
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    Transfiguration – Just a Stretch of the Legs

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    Praying the Rosary on the way to work, something new regarding the Transfiguration jumped out at me. You remember the event: While Jesus was at prayer on a mountaintop, Peter, James, and John witnessed Him become “more brilliant than the sun.” Moses and Elijah appeared to Jesus, and the disciples could hear them discussing His […]

  • Blessed Maria of the Divine Heart and the Consecration of the World to the Sacred Heart of Jesus
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    Blessed Maria of the Divine Heart and the Consecration of the World to the Sacred Heart of Jesus

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    When we think of saints who have promoted devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, we often call to mind the Visitation sister St. Margaret Mary Alacoque and her confessor St. Claude de la Colombière, S.J. And that is for good reason. Although, prior to her, there had been a long history of devotion to […]

  • A Gift for My Grandmother and Saint Anne’s Gift to Me
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    A Gift for My Grandmother and Saint Anne’s Gift to Me

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    The summer of 2008 was a summer of opportunity for me.  I was able to attend the International Eucharistic Congress in Quebec City, Canada with other young adults from the state of Wisconsin through Catholic Youth Expeditions, a retreat ministry founded by Father Quinn Mann, a priest of the Diocese of Green Bay. As part […]

  • The Day I Got Kicked Out of a Hair Salon
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    The Day I Got Kicked Out of a Hair Salon

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    “We do not have a good rapport,” I was told by the salon owner with short red hair as she took off my plastic cape. “I won’t be able to work with you. You need to leave.” Who gets kicked out of a hair salon? But I had rubbed the hairdresser the wrong way and […]

  • IRELAND: Empty Churches, Hurting People - What Can We Do?
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    IRELAND: Empty Churches, Hurting People – What Can We Do?

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    As Ireland prepares for an August visit by Pope Francis, her people are locked in a life and death struggle with the Catholic Church. In a country that is perhaps the most Catholic of any nation in the world, some estimates show that while well over 90% of Ireland’s citizens identify with the church of […]

  • Essential Oils: The Good, the Bad, and the Occult
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    Essential Oils: The Good, the Bad, and the Occult

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    Scents are in everything from cleaners, air fresheners, cosmetics and lotions and even drawer liners. And in recent years, the big business of essential oils promises health and well-being through smells. Who doesn’t like to breathe in a good smell? Taking a deep whiff of chocolate or lavender is pleasant. But if you want to […]

  • Faith: The Constant Exploration of the Boundaries of Hope
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    Faith: The Constant Exploration of the Boundaries of Hope

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    This deliberate choice of words is an attempt to express the reality within which so many of us find ourselves in regards to our religion. To say that I belong to a particular religion is by itself an expression of Faith, but it does not define the reality of my relationship with that religion. I […]

  • Thomas: Doubter, Empiricist, Apostle, Saint
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    Thomas: Doubter, Empiricist, Apostle, Saint

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    For St. John the Apostle, the empty tomb was all he needed to experience to believe in the Resurrection. But two who were later to be saints – Mary Magdalene and Thomas – began the first Easter season as nonbelievers. Mary Magdalene arrived at the tomb not to assure herself that Christ is risen, but […]

  • The Pick-Up
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    The Pick-Up

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    This past Sunday morning on our way to the airport, I was dropping off my husband, a pilot for work. We had just finished saying the Rosary and were rounding the large loop about a mile from the airport, when we noticed a car off to the side of the road. The hood was up […]

  • The Acts of the Holy Spirit Through Peter and Paul, Apostles
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    The Acts of the Holy Spirit Through Peter and Paul, Apostles

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    On this the Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul I will speak on the varieties of Revelation that each Apostle received from Jesus Christ, and what said Revelation means to us and to our Church today. There really is only one great Revelation—the Word made Flesh—but each of us receives it differently, in the amount […]

  • <em>Humility Rules</em>: Book Review
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    Humility Rules: Book Review

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    Anyone need a good book for teenage boys?  That’s inspiring, short, and hilarious? If so, you’re in luck. Ignatius Press has just the thing: Humility Rules: Saint Benedict’s 12-Step Guide to Genuine Self-Esteem by Brother J. Augustine Wetta. Recently a friend of mine gave this book to me, and I read it in a day […]