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Breaking Open the Word at Home: Third Sunday of Advent
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Breaking Open the Word at Home: Third Sunday of Advent

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Sunday Mass Readings for the Ministry of Parents and Godparents The Church professes Christian parents to be the “first” teachers of the faith and calls them to be the “best” teachers of the faith (The Rite of Infant Baptism). Godparents agree to assist in this ministry of parents. This resource from Catholic Lane is to […]

Book Review: <em>Dreams for your Grandchild</em>
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Book Review: Dreams for your Grandchild

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  Dreams for your Grandchild by Allen Hunt is both a lovely book and a practical book. Subtitled, The Hidden Power of a Catholic Grandparent, the book is a mixture of exhortation, relevant suggestions, and inspiring stories. Writing a book about the relationship between Catholic grandparents and their grandchildren is as challenging as writing about […]

Reflections for Sunday, December 16, 2018: Third Sunday of Advent
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Reflections for Sunday, December 16, 2018: Third Sunday of Advent

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Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings: 1st Reading: Zephaniah 3:14-18 Responsorial: (Psalm) Isaiah 12:2-6 2nd Reading: Philippians 4:4-7 Gospel: Luke 3: 10-18 Advent, A Time to Rejoice in the Lord’s Great Love for Us Rejoice in the Lord always. I shall say it again: rejoice! (Philippians 4:4) St. Paul believed that […]

What Husbands Want Their Wives to Know
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What Husbands Want Their Wives to Know

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This piece serves as a follow up from my previous article entitled, “What Wives Want Their Husbands to Know.” While these articles are in no way exhaustive, they are common stumbling blocks I encounter in my work in marriage ministry. Both in the preparation side and marriages in crisis. One young husband stated after reading […]

Our Lady of Guadalupe, We Need You More Than Ever!
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Our Lady of Guadalupe, We Need You More Than Ever!

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Hundreds of millions of people around the world today will celebrate Masses to honor an appearance of the Blessed Mother made 481 year ago.  December 12, 1531 Our Lady of Guadalupe put an end to the Mayan culture of death. Mary was the woman, clothed in the sun, with the moon at her feet, who […]

Breaking Open the Word at Home: Second Sunday of Advent
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Breaking Open the Word at Home: Second Sunday of Advent

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Sunday Mass Readings for the Ministry of Parents and Godparents The Church calls Christian parents to be the “first” teachers of the faith and the “best” teachers of the faith (The Rite of Infant Baptism). Godparents agree to assist in this ministry of parents. This resource from “Catholic Lane” is to assist you, parent or […]

Reflections for Sunday, December 9, 2018: Second Sunday of Advent
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Reflections for Sunday, December 9, 2018: Second Sunday of Advent

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Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings: 1st Reading: Baruch 5:1-9 2nd Reading: Philippians 1:4-6, 8-11 Responsorial: Psalm 126:1-6 Gospel: Luke 3:1-6 Advent, A Time to Fix Our Eyes on Jesus and His Presence in Others God is leading Israel in joy. (Baruch 5:9) When was the last time you saw Jesus […]

A Look at Advent in Our Home
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A Look at Advent in Our Home

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Last Sunday we began the holy season of Advent.  Today I’ll offer a few thoughts and ideas on what works for our family to keep this season holy and prayerful. Our family begins this season with Confession and Adoration. While we never quit going to Confession throughout the year, our family has taken a three-month […]

Breaking Open the Word at Home: First Sunday of Advent
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Breaking Open the Word at Home: First Sunday of Advent

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Sunday Mass Readings for the Ministry of Parents and Godparents Introduction The Church calls Christian parents to be the “first” teachers of the faith and the “best” teachers of the faith (The Rite of Infant Baptism). Godparents agree to assist in this ministry of parents. This resource from “Catholic Lane” is to assist you, parent […]

Reflections for Sunday, December 2, 2018:  First Sunday of Advent
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Reflections for Sunday, December 2, 2018: First Sunday of Advent

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Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings: 1st Reading: Jeremiah 33:14-16 2nd Reading: 1 Thessalonians 3:12–4:2 Responsorial: Psalm 25:4-5, 8-10, 14 Gospel: Luke 21:25-28, 34-36 Advent, A Time to Make Room for Jesus and Prepare for His Coming The days are coming, says the Lord . . . (Jeremiah 33:14) We often […]

Spend This Advent with Mary
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Spend This Advent with Mary

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The holidays are upon us and the scramble to get ready for Christmas has officially begun. There’s so much to do but preparing for Christmas is about getting ready for the birth of Jesus. No one prepared for that moment more in union with God than the Blessed Mother did. So what better way to […]

Breaking Open the Word at Home: Sunday, November 25, 2018
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Breaking Open the Word at Home: Sunday, November 25, 2018

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Sunday Mass Readings for the Ministry of Parents and Godparents The Church calls Christian parents to be the “first” teachers of the faith and the “best” teachers of the faith (The Rite of Infant Baptism). Godparents agree to assist in this ministry of parents. This resource from Catholic Lane is to assist you, parent or […]

Reflections for Sunday, 11.25.18: The Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe
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Reflections for Sunday, 11.25.18: The Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe

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Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings: 1st Reading: Daniel 7:13-14 2nd Reading: Revelation 1:5-8 Responsorial: Psalm 93:1-2, 5 Gospel: John 18:33-37 The Difference between Jesus’ Kingdom and Kingdoms of This World My kingdom does not belong to this world. (John 18:36) According to Scripture, Cain, who killed his brother Abel, also […]

Swords into Plowshares: How to Deal with Family Friction During the Holidays
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Swords into Plowshares: How to Deal with Family Friction During the Holidays

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Holiday time means family time. And family time can sometimes mean friction time. We come together with intentions of good will, but as soon as someone says something we disagree with, or does something that offends us, we can be quick to pull out our swords and spears. The great prophet Isaiah speaks of people […]

Breaking Open the Word at Home: Sunday, November 18, 2018
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Breaking Open the Word at Home: Sunday, November 18, 2018

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Sunday Mass Readings for the Ministry of Parents and Godparents The Church calls Christian parents to be the “first” teachers of the faith and the “best” teachers of the faith (The Rite of Infant Baptism). Godparents agree to assist in this ministry of parents. This resource from Catholic Lane is to assist you, parent or […]

The Top 9 Most Prestigious Catholic Schools in the U.S.
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The Top 9 Most Prestigious Catholic Schools in the U.S.

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If you grew up in a Catholic household or attended a Catholic secondary school, then a Catholic university will feel familiar. Besides familiarity, Catholic universities offer many other advantages for the young faithful student. Many emphasize service to others, Mass, and a structured environment, as well as traditional scholarly pursuits. The Catholic Church typically runs […]

Reflections for Sunday, November 18, 2018: 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time
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Reflections for Sunday, November 18, 2018: 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

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Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings: 1st Reading: Daniel 12:1-3 Responsorial: Psalm 16:5, 8-11 2nd Reading: Hebrews 10:11-14, 18 Gospel: Mark 13:24-32 Always Be Ready for Jesus Second Coming Live Each Day As If It Were Your Last Of that day or hour, no one knows. (Mark 13:32) When Jesus said […]

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Addicted to Romance

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Are romance novels an innocent pastime or something more dangerous? While I was working on Amazing Grace for Married Couples, a story we ended up not using involved a woman who became addicted to romance novels. It seems she is not alone. I’ve gone to garage sales and saw tables full of romance novels for […]

Veterans: What Is Seen and What Is Not Seen
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Veterans: What Is Seen and What Is Not Seen

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In economics, the first lesson I teach my pupils is the lesson of things that are seen and things that are not seen. Actions have some effects that are readily apparent and others are overlooked or not perceived. It’s the same with our military veterans. We see the obvious price they’ve paid—the time they spent […]

Breaking Open the Word at Home: Sunday, November 11, 2018
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Breaking Open the Word at Home: Sunday, November 11, 2018

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Sunday Mass Readings for the Ministry of Parents and Godparents The Church calls Christian parents to be the “first” teachers of the faith and the “best” teachers of the faith (The Rite of Infant Baptism). Godparents agree to assist in this ministry of parents. This resource from Catholic Lane is to assist you, parent or […]

Beginner's Guide to Understanding Catholicism
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Beginner’s Guide to Understanding Catholicism

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Christianity is one of the world’s largest religious groups, with nearly 2.5 billion people following one of its five major denominations—Anglican, Eastern Orthodox, Oriental Orthodox, Protestant, and Roman Catholic. Roughly half of all worldwide Christians identify as Catholic, making it the largest of the Christian churches. That number continues to grow as worshippers share their […]

What Wives Want Husbands to Know
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What Wives Want Husbands to Know

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What gives me the right to presume to speak on behalf of the wives of humanity? Who am I anyway? Where are all the letters behind my name, my credentials, or reviews from my peers? What I simply propose here is based on my almost thirty-nine years of marriage, (“street cred”), and the fact that […]

Breaking Open the Word at Home: Sunday, November 4, 2018
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Breaking Open the Word at Home: Sunday, November 4, 2018

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Mass Readings for the Ministry of Parents and Godparents The Church calls Christian parents to be the “first” teachers of the faith and the “best” teachers of the faith (The Rite of Infant Baptism). Godparents agree to assist in this ministry of parents. This resource from Catholic Lane is to assist you, parent or godparent, […]

Reflections for Sunday, November 4, 2018: 31st Sunday in Ordinary Time
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Reflections for Sunday, November 4, 2018: 31st Sunday in Ordinary Time

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Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings: 1st Reading: Deuteronomy 6:2-6 Responsorial: Psalm 18:2-4, 47, 51 2nd Reading: Hebrews 7:23-28 Gospel: Mark 12:28-34 Understanding the Difference between “Fear the Lord” and “Perfect Love Drives out Fear” Fear the Lord, your God. (Deuteronomy 6:2) What does it mean to fear the Lord? Should […]

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