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A Day in the Life of a Crazy Fool: Part 2
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A Day in the Life of a Crazy Fool: Part 2

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Welcome back to a day in my life, which can be a bit crazy, being the mother of now 7 little children, all under the age of 12. In Part 1, I ended by mentioning Mid-Morning Prayer Time, which is where I’ll pick up today. 10am Mid-Morning Prayer At around 10am, when the children are […]

The Holy Spirit's Gifts Must Be Opened and Used
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The Holy Spirit’s Gifts Must Be Opened and Used

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My husband is hard to shop for. He has simple tastes and knows what he likes. Over the years I have tried and tried to find the perfect gift he would really love and use. I’ve attempted to be clever, tapping into his interests, hoping to come up with something he would enjoy. I have […]

Reflections for Sunday, March 11, 2018: Fourth Sunday of Lent
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Reflections for Sunday, March 11, 2018: Fourth Sunday of Lent

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Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings: 1st Reading: 2 Chronicles 36:14-16,19-23 2nd Reading Ephesians 2:4-10 Responsorial: Psalm 137:1-6 Gospel: John 3:14-21 Responding to God’s Gracious Gift of Salvation This is not from you; it is the gift of God. (Ephesians 2:8) Paul is emphatic: we have been saved by grace, not […]

Sacred Space
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Sacred Space

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There is a sacred space So nurturing and warm There is a sacred space Where Breath gave you your form Within this sacred space Your heart beat strong and true Within this sacred space You ate, and swam, and grew Within this sacred space You sensed, and listen’d, and learned Within this sacred space You […]

Billy Graham's Saving Message
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Billy Graham’s Saving Message

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The Rev. Billy Graham had a simple message–give your life to Jesus. And that’s exactly what he did. He may have counseled presidents, he may have been the first religious leader to lie in state in the nation’s Capitol, he may have founded a media dynasty, but he always knew who he was. In many […]

Reflections for Sunday, March 4, 2018: Third Sunday of Lent
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Reflections for Sunday, March 4, 2018: Third Sunday of Lent

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Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings: 1st Reading: Exodus 20:1-17 Responsorial: Psalm 19:8-11 2nd Reading: 1 Corinthians 1:22-25 Gospel: John 2:13-25 Lent, A Time to Allow the Lord to Set Us Free from Sinful Habits I . . . brought you out of . . . that place of slavery. (Exodus 20:2) Despite […]

A Day in the Life of a Crazy Fool: Part 1
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A Day in the Life of a Crazy Fool: Part 1

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I might be a Crazy Fool. After all, I have 6 children under the age of 12, I’m a Catholic, I homeschool, and I’m pregnant. Goodness gracious!  To most in our culture, I am a crazy fool. Why would I do such things? The short answer?  Because my heart is full of love. The long […]

Reflections for Sunday, February 25, 2018: Second Sunday of Lent
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Reflections for Sunday, February 25, 2018: Second Sunday of Lent

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Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings: 1st Reading: Genesis 22:1-2, 9-13, 15-18 Responsorial: Psalm 116:10, 15-19 2nd Reading: Romans 8:31-34 Gospel: Mark 9:2-10 Lent, An Opportunity for a Deeper Response to God’s Call Here I am! (Genesis 22:1) Abraham must have felt trapped. He had already given up so much to […]

The Greatest Human Rights Abuse in the World Continues
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The Greatest Human Rights Abuse in the World Continues

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In the past 45 years, an estimated 60 million innocent human beings have been killed in the United States with the consent of our government, and this crime against humanity continues to this day. I’m speaking of the number of human beings killed through abortion since Roe v. Wade was decided by the U.S. Supreme Court on […]

Is Castration an Acceptable Punishment for Sex Offenders?
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Is Castration an Acceptable Punishment for Sex Offenders?

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Should sex offenders be castrated? Oklahoma legislators are considering a controversial bill to authorize chemical castration as condition of release for convicted sex offenders. Seven other states have similar legislation already in place, although reportedly, it’s used infrequently. Backers say the bill will dramatically reduce the incidence of sexual violence and end repeat offenses. It […]

A Conscience-Stinger for Lent
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A Conscience-Stinger for Lent

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Anyone want a good conscience-stinger for Lent? Recently I just reread Thomas Dubay’s Happy Are You Poor. And my conscience was stung. I have too much stuff, and my children have too much stuff. And this stuff gets in the way of knowing Jesus. And it’s time to clean house and make space for Him. Now as […]

Thy Kingdom Come: Why We Shouldn't Fear the End Times
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Thy Kingdom Come: Why We Shouldn’t Fear the End Times

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Hurricanes, earthquakes, terrorist threats, mass shootings – if you watch the news these days you could be tempted to go hide under the bed. These events bring on talk of the end times that we are warned about in the New Testament. The apostles expected Jesus to return at any moment, though He told them […]

Reflections for Sunday, February 18, 2018: First Sunday of Lent
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Reflections for Sunday, February 18, 2018: First Sunday of Lent

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Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings: 1st Reading: Genesis 9:8-15 2nd Reading: 1 Peter 3:18-22 Responsorial: Psalm 25:4-9 Gospel: Mark 1:12-15 Experiencing God’s Forgiveness and Cleansing Power Through the Sacrament of Reconciliation It is . . . an appeal to God for a clear conscience. (1 Peter 3:21) While St. Peter is describing […]

Lent: It's Upon Us
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Lent: It’s Upon Us

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Sober up, people!  How are you going to prepare for the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ? The 3 Pillars of Lent: Prayer, Fasting, & Almsgiving Prayer If you’re not already setting aside a specific time every day to pray, you need to.  I am the mother of six little children.  If I can do […]

Shine Your Light with Facebook Friends as a Spiritual Work of Mercy
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Shine Your Light with Facebook Friends as a Spiritual Work of Mercy

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Would go to the lion’s den for your faith? I’m guessing everyone has asked themselves this question. These days, in this country, we are more likely to go to court than the lion’s den. Standing up for our faith is having social and legal consequences, sometimes huge ones. For most of us, it’s about having […]

Reflections for Sunday, February 11, 2018: 6th Sunday in Ordinary Time
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Reflections for Sunday, February 11, 2018: 6th Sunday in Ordinary Time

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Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings: 1st Reading: Leviticus 13:1-2, 44-46 Responsorial: Psalm 32:1-2, 5, 11 2nd Reading: 1 Corinthians 10:31–11:1 Gospel: Mark 1:40-45 The Importance of Doing Everything for the Glory of God Brothers and sisters, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do everything for the glory […]

This is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things! 'Inclusiveness' Ruins Wholesome Event
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This is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things! ‘Inclusiveness’ Ruins Wholesome Event

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When I was a kid attending Catholic school, if someone was caught with gum, or candy, a typical response from a teacher who was usually a Dominican nun, would be: “Do you have enough for everyone?” If we had been clever enough to prepare ahead of time, pulling out enough gum or candy for the […]

Reflections for Sunday, February 4, 2018: 5th Sunday in Ordinary Time
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Reflections for Sunday, February 4, 2018: 5th Sunday in Ordinary Time

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Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings: 1st Reading: Job 7:1-4, 6-7 Responsorial: Psalm 147:1-6 2nd Reading: 1 Corinthians 9:16-19, 22-23 Gospel: Mark 1:29-39 I have become all things to all. (1 Corinthians 9:22) Jesus once told his disciples that the road to heaven is narrow and sparsely populated (Matthew 7:14). But […]

Celebrating More Than Just a Groundhog
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Celebrating More Than Just a Groundhog

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What is February 2nd known for? In secular society, it’s ‘Groundhog’s Day.’ While there’s nothing wrong with remembering this little rodent and speculating on whether or not he’ll see his silhouette created by the sun, I’d invite us to go a little deeper. While the sun is a beautiful thing, and certainly necessary for life, […]

Reflections for Sunday, February 28, 2018: 4th Sunday in Ordinary Time
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Reflections for Sunday, February 28, 2018: 4th Sunday in Ordinary Time

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Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings: 1st Reading: Deuteronomy 18:15-20 Responsorial: Psalm 95:1-2, 6-9 2nd Reading: 1 Corinthians 7:32-35 Gospel: Mark 1:21-28 Opening Our Hearts to Hear Jesus Speaking to Us A new teaching with authority . . . (Mark 1:27) You know when you see empty words. A celebrity issues […]

Modern Man’s Most Magnificent Mass
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Modern Man’s Most Magnificent Mass

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Which of the two forms of the Roman Rite, as Pope Benedict XVI called them, best encourages active participation, is most emotionally satisfying, and unequivocally equips the worshiper with the graces necessary to confront the modern world? Dr. Peter Kwasniewski’s answer may surprise you. In his book Noble Beauty, Transcendent Holiness: that the Mass of […]

The Value of a Single Human Life
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The Value of a Single Human Life

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David Perry, the father of a son with Down syndrome, writes, “I’ve spent many years now asserting the need to re-order how we ascribe value to diverse human lives.” St. John Paul II, on the other hand, taught: “Even in the midst of difficulties and uncertainties, every person sincerely open to truth and goodness can, […]

Reflections for Sunday, January 21, 2018
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Reflections for Sunday, January 21, 2018

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Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings: 1st Reading: Jonah 3:1-5, 10 Responsorial: Psalm 25:4-9 2nd Reading: 1 Corinthians 7:29-31 Gospel: Mark 1:14-20 Hearing and Responding to God’s Call to Evangelize Come. (Mark 1:17) Scripture has a way of condensing a lot of information into a few short sentences, and today’s Gospel […]

Dear Struggling Marriages
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Dear Struggling Marriages

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In my work preparing couples for marriage, I have had to account for the unexpected implosion of a marriage where I was once part of the preparation. Sometimes I hear about the troubles first hand, other times when I see one of them meeting with the Nullity Minister. It saddens me every time when those […]

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