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    The Eucharist, Mary, and Redemptive Suffering

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    “Now I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake, and in my flesh I complete what is lacking in Christ’s afflictions for the sake of his body, that is, the church” (Colossians 1:24). Redemptive suffering.  It is that mysterious but incredible reality that the suffering God allows into our lives, when accepted and lived with […]

  • Poem: "My God is King"
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    Poem: “My God is King”

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    My God is King How beautiful upon the mountains      are the feet of the one bringing good news,           Announcing peace, bearing good news,                announcing salvation, saying to Zion,                     “Your God is King!” ‘Neath a sapphire sky window to heaven John guided his Master smoothly up mountain, Peter kicked an ancient stone, Ascending the path zig-zagged. […]

  • Poem: "I Am Pleased to be in Your Service"
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    Poem: “I Am Pleased to be in Your Service”

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    I Am Pleased to be in Your Service If I am, why am I, God? What is my purpose? What deeds lie ahead of me on this road? Will they be wondrous or cowardly acts? Will they bring praise or condemnation? Could either serve Your purpose? Whatever You have in store, Whatever is Your will […]

  • Praying the Angelus - (Re)Discover an Ancient Prayer
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    Praying the Angelus – (Re)Discover an Ancient Prayer

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    My knowledge of the Angelus prayer was minimal at best before reading Praying the Angelus by Jared Dees (Ave Maria Press, 2017). I doubt that I am alone in that regard. Dees, a high school theology teacher, describes his own confusion when first listening to the Angelus in Latin when in Rome and then learning […]

  • Poem: "May"
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    Poem: “May”

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    May I cannot tell you how it was; But this I know: it came to pass Upon a bright and breezy day When May was young; ah, pleasant May! As yet the poppies were not born Between the blades of tender corn; The last eggs had not hatched as yet, Nor any bird forgone its […]

  • Including Children With Disabilities in Life
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    Including Children With Disabilities in Life

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    It was a beautiful sunny day for a man to be at a playground with his preschool grandchildren. That’s exactly where I was. I took my grandson and grand-daughter to a playground at a nearby elementary school; one child sat on my lap while the other stood on the back of my electric wheelchair as […]

  • Bl. John Henry Newman, 1880
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    Newman: The Praise of Men

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    In the sermon The Praise of Men,1 after indicating that ridicule is a powerful weapon used by the devil, Blessed John Henry Newman describes a case in which it is the cause of much pain: when a person who had shunned religion turns by God’s grace back to the practice of religion and meets the […]

  • Poem: "The Ballad of God-Makers"
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    Poem: “The Ballad of God-Makers”

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    The Ballad of God-Makers A bird flew out at the break of day From the nest where it had curled, And ere the eve the bird had set Fear on the kings of the world. The first tree it lit upon Was green with leaves unshed; The second tree it lit upon Was red with […]