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Where Did You Find God Today?
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Where Did You Find God Today?

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Several years ago, I had a spiritual director who encouraged me to reflect on the following question: “Where did you find God today?” That is the question at the heart of Andy Otto’s new book, God Moments (Ave Maria Press, 2017). Otto, who has a master’s degree in theology and ministry, is a Catholic writer, […]

Couriers of Grace: My Daughter, the Sacraments, and a Surprising Walk of Faith
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Couriers of Grace: My Daughter, the Sacraments, and a Surprising Walk of Faith

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  There once was a very special girl. Sarah was her name: a name that means Princess. This princess happened to be born with Down syndrome. Little Sarah grew up telling those around her that she had a perfect life! “If someone made an unkind remark about her appearance, she would smile and wave at […]

Singles Need Prayers
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Singles Need Prayers

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Single Catholics: the Vocations Solution It is widely known, in both Catholic and non-Catholic circles, that the Catholic Church is experiencing a shortage of priestly and religious vocations at this time. We often hear prayers at Mass for an increase in these vocations. There are those who are called by God to this vocation who […]

Are You "All In" When It Comes to Your Catholic Faith?
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Are You “All In” When It Comes to Your Catholic Faith?

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What’s your relationship to the Catholic Church? Are you devoted? Dedicated but doing the minimum required? Dabbling? Discouraged or done with the Church? Unsure? In All In (Ave Maria Press, 2017), Pat Gohn invites readers to reconsider their relationship with the Church, whatever that relationship might currently be. Gohn is a cradle Catholic, but truly […]

Reflections for Sunday, April 2, 2017: 5th Sunday of Lent
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Reflections for Sunday, April 2, 2017: 5th Sunday of Lent

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Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings: 1st Reading:     Ezekiel 37:12-14                 2nd Reading:       Romans 8:8-11 Responsorial:   Psalm 130:1-8                     Gospel:                 John 11:1-45 Growing in Faith and Trust in the Lord So they took away the stone. (John 11:41) Raising Lazarus from the dead was one of the most amazing miracles Jesus […]

Pro-Life Pro-Family Turn Rocks Europeans at UN Commission on Women
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Pro-Life Pro-Family Turn Rocks Europeans at UN Commission on Women

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The world witnessed the United States returning to the pro-life fold after years of abortion advocacy from the Obama administration yesterday during the UN Commission on the Status of Women. After the gavel fell signaling the adoption of the annual agreement of the commission, known as Agreed Conclusions, the United States delegation delivered a poignant […]

Sugar, Sugar, You Got Me Wantin’ You
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Sugar, Sugar, You Got Me Wantin’ You

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Conscience is the voice of God speaking to a Christian. It is the “law written in their hearts” (Romans 2:15) by God; and each Christian has a duty to make sure that God’s message is not corrupted. In short, a Christian must form his or her conscience – it must be “well formed” – and […]

Sins of Ignorance and Weakness: Part I
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Sins of Ignorance and Weakness: Part I

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Blessed Cardinal John Henry Newman draws on the following words from Scripture to preach on the need for a constant spiritual renewal: “Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water.” Heb. x. 22. As he […]

London, Parliament, March 22, 2017
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Pray for Sanity

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Pray that common sense returns to politics.

Reflections for Sunday, March 26, 2017: 4th Sunday of Lent
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Reflections for Sunday, March 26, 2017: 4th Sunday of Lent

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Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings: 1st Reading: 1 Samuel 16:1, 6-7, 10-13 2nd Reading: Ephesians 5:8-14 Responsorial: Psalm 23:1-6 Gospel: John 9:1-41 Encountering Jesus and Responding to His Healing Love Do you believe in the Son of Man? (John 9:35) Like last Sunday’s Gospel reading about the woman at the […]

At Best, the Reunion Should’ve Been Awkward.
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At Best, the Reunion Should’ve Been Awkward.

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“While he was still a long way off, his father caught sight of him, and was filled with compassion. He ran to his son, embraced him and kissed him.” Luke 15: 1-3, 11-32 When I see a young parent cradling an infant, I always smile. I’ll never forget those early days of motherhood, especially the […]

You Don't Have to Be a Superhero Just Because You Have Down Syndrome!
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You Don’t Have to Be a Superhero Just Because You Have Down Syndrome!

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In today’s society we are all about acceptance of diversity. We take great pains to show how well we accept others of different races, religions, and sexual preferences. We do this by holding social events, arts showcases, sporting events, and TV programs and even enforcing acceptance by law. I appreciate the culture of acceptance and […]

God Can Heal Even the Worst Cases of Family Rivalry, Jealousy or Betrayal.
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God Can Heal Even the Worst Cases of Family Rivalry, Jealousy or Betrayal.

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Israel loved Joseph best of all his sons, for he was the child of his old age; and he had made him a long tunic. When his brothers saw that their father loved him best of all his sons, they hated him so much that they would not even greet him. Genesis 37:3-4, 12-13A, 17B-28A […]

Reflections for Sunday, March 19, 2017: 3rd Sunday of Lent
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Reflections for Sunday, March 19, 2017: 3rd Sunday of Lent

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Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings: 1st Reading: Exodus 17:3-7 2nd Reading: Romans 5:1-2, 5-8 Responsorial: Psalm 95:1-2, 6-9 Gospel: John 4:5-42 Being Filled with the Living Water of the Holy Spirit Come see a man who told me everything I have done. (John 4:29) Nobody likes admitting their sins. Whether […]

UN Staff, EU Politicians, Abortion Groups Join Forces to Vilify U.S. Pro-life Stance
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UN Staff, EU Politicians, Abortion Groups Join Forces to Vilify U.S. Pro-life Stance

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More than forty-five governments and high-ranking UN staff convened in Brussels this week to raise money and combat U.S. pro-life policies. Kate Gilmore, the UN Deputy High Commissioner on Human Rights, moderated the “She decides” fundraising event to “counter the impact” of the recently enacted Mexico City Policy. The European initiative raised pledges for $200 […]

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
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Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

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It’s St. Patrick’s Day, March 17, and everyone is Irish today — if not in fact, at least in spirit.  Come on now, don’t be an old Druid!  Regardless of your nationality, St. Patrick is a saint for everyone. It’s not just because I’m half Irish or that my parents named me after St. Patrick, […]

...A Sign of Complete Submission to God.
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…A Sign of Complete Submission to God.

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Queen Esther, seized with mortal anguish, had recourse to the LORD. She lay prostrate upon the ground, together with her handmaids, from morning until evening, and said: “God of Abraham, God of Isaac, and God of Jacob, blessed are you. Help me, who am alone and have no help but you, for I am taking […]

New Must-Read Book for Catholic Moms
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New Must-Read Book for Catholic Moms

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In nine years, I’ve never gone into my Catholic Mom’s Bible Study / Book Club and said, “We need to read this book today,” but I did that with the latest book by Kate Wicker. If you are always perfectly fulfilled in your role as a mother and you have a group of well-behaved children […]

Using Maternal Health to Promote Abortion in Zambia
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Using Maternal Health to Promote Abortion in Zambia

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NEW YORK, March 10 (C-Fam) A recently published article exposes how abortion practitioners used U.S. foreign aid and the guise of “post abortion care” to increase the number of abortions in Zambia. Activists use Zambia as a model for how to impose their agenda on sub-Saharan Africa, a region known for its pro-life laws. A […]

A Lenten Lesson in Humility
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A Lenten Lesson in Humility

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It’s that time of the year again. For those of us who are on the Nineveh 90 challenge, we began Lent-like practices back in February. God is so good at giving us what we need to grow in holiness even though we might not have selected the means He uses. How loving that God choses […]

Let Yourself be Drawn into the Wonders of Heaven
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Let Yourself be Drawn into the Wonders of Heaven

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While he was still speaking, behold, a bright cloud cast a shadow over them, then from the cloud came a voice that said, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased; listen to him.” Matthew 17:109 When we moved my mom into assisted living, my sister Annie and I cleaned out a […]

Reflections for Sunday, March 12, 2017: 2nd Sunday of Lent
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Reflections for Sunday, March 12, 2017: 2nd Sunday of Lent

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Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings: 1st Reading: Genesis 12:1-4 2nd Reading: 2 Timothy 1:8-10 Responsorial: Psalm 33:4-5, 18-20, 22 Gospel: Matthew 17:1-9 Glorifying the Lord through Our Lenten Exercises This is my beloved Son. (Matthew 17:5) Jesus’ Transfiguration was one of the most magnificent displays of God’s glory the world […]

Do You Know Your Heavenly Father?
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Do You Know Your Heavenly Father?

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Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name, thy Kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. […]

Fasting: A Source of Trial
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Fasting: A Source of Trial

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Lent is a season of prayer and fasting, a time for conversion of the heart. As in all things, the Christian looks to Christ’s example and seeks his grace to be able to follow him. To look to Christ means, first, to see and hear him in the Gospel. We will hear Jesus ask us […]

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