Category: Live in Christ

Recognizing God's Presence
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Recognizing God’s Presence

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Recognizing God in Small Moments Recognizing God in the everyday moments are an art.  Whether we are young, somewhere in the middle or old.  Life has its slow times and the busy times.  I think having eyes to see “His hand” in all we do is something that take patience! Think for a moment about […]

Life Changing Marian Apparitions
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Life Changing Marian Apparitions

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To know the Virgin Mary is to love her. One way we can get to know her better is through her visits from Heaven to Earth. Marian apparitions are simply ‘private revelations’ illuminating aspects of faith but not revealing new ones since, according to Catholic doctrine, the age of public revelation ended with John, the last […]

A Mother's Prayer
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A Mother’s Prayer

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I stood by helplessly and watched as a text message received by one of my older children instantly transformed a situation that showed much promise into a state of uncertainty.  My child was visibly disappointed and frustrated.  All I could do was give a reassuring hug and offer some words of consolation.  Throughout my work […]

Holy Week and Easter Through the Blessed Mother
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Holy Week and Easter Through the Blessed Mother

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Surely, the Blessed Mother would have taken on the suffering of her Son, Jesus Christ if it were possible. That is what loving mothers always wish they could do.  Instead, Mary suffered alongside her Son, because that too is what mothers do. We go to Mary to get closer to Jesus for that very reason. […]

Lenten Reflection: What Is Salvation?
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Lenten Reflection: What Is Salvation?

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Shortly before his martyrdom, St. Paul penned a letter to his friend Timothy. The great apostle seems to have known that death was near, and his bittersweet words are imbued with a sense of urgency. St. Paul comforts and commends his young protégé, while exhorting him to sacrifice. “Do not be ashamed of the testimony […]

Sweet Silence
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Sweet Silence

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Shielding my eyes from the blinding sun, I sensed, rather than heard, a presence to my left as I stood in line waiting to board the plane. His face was about five inches from mine. I could see his lips moving but could hear nothing. Finally I faced him squarely and he repeated himself. “What’s […]

The Empowering Depth and Dimension of Christmas
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The Empowering Depth and Dimension of Christmas

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There is more to Christmas than just Christ’s birth. It serves as the beginning of an epic, and Advent is the prologue whereby we prepare for the first spellbinding chapter. There’s a thread running through Christmas that ties into so many other Christological elements, including Christ as Divine Lover, in concert with the poetry of […]

How Are Your Fridays Going?
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How Are Your Fridays Going?

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What are you doing this Friday? I’m asking about your penance, not that it’s my business, but the business of the Church is something I care about. And it seems that Friday penances largely disappeared along with the long lines outside Brown’s Fish and Chips every Friday. That was the fish restaurant in my neighborhood […]

Embrace Today!
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Embrace Today!

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“Don’t let the demons of yesterday ruin the blessings of today,” An exorcist once told me during an interview. Exorcists understand how the devil invades lives and steals away peace and holiness. They also know that the people they help have a past they would like to forget and a future that might loom large […]

Keeping Company with Saint Michael the Archangel
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Keeping Company with Saint Michael the Archangel

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Our three year old daughter Liz was in the backseat of the car while my wife was driving.  Mom made a wrong turn. “Grrr,” my wife grumbled, “wrong turn!” From the backseat Liz’s voice chimed: “Recalculating!” That made my wife crack-up.  But while Mom was laughing out loud, Liz didn’t see the humor. “That’s what […]

Visitation Sisters’ Ebook Can Help With Discernment
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Visitation Sisters’ Ebook Can Help With Discernment

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Free Ebook on Salesian Spirituality Every Sunday evening a Visitation Sister gently guides online chatters about their vocational discernment and provides spiritual insights. The discussion is called the “Living Jesus Chat Room,” named after the Visitation Sisters’ motto “Live Jesus.” On this evening, a woman who teaches at an alternative public high school for discipline […]

Ex-Satanist Converts and Builds Basilica
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Ex-Satanist Converts and Builds Basilica

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It would seem that being raised by devout Catholic parents who prayed the rosary daily would have pointed to a good and holy future for Bartolo Longo. And it did.  Eventually. First, he strayed so far from God that he became a satanic priest. Yet, as far as Bartolo strayed—and it was extreme—he was not beyond […]

 First Five Saturdays 
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 First Five Saturdays 

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If ever there was a good time to make reparation for the offenses to the Blessed Mother, now would be a good time.  Even if you have already made the Five First Saturdays, it’s something we can do again and again. At Fatima, through the Blessed Mother’s apparitions to the 3 shepherd children, the devotion […]

Reflections for Sunday, July 28, 2019: 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time
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Reflections for Sunday, July 28, 2019: 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time

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Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings: 1st Reading: Genesis 18:20-32 Responsorial: Psalm 138:1-3,6-8 2nd Reading: Colossians 2:12-14 Gospel: Luke 11:1-13 Confidently Approaching Our Heavenly Father, Who Loves Us Teach us to pray. (Luke 11:1) We human beings are big on “how to,” aren’t we? Search on the Internet, and you will […]

Get to Know St. Anne, Your Our Grandmother in Heaven
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Get to Know St. Anne, Your Our Grandmother in Heaven

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Years ago, I attended a non-Catholic, Christian event with a couple of my teens at our civic center. It was called “The Fire” and was an all-out, sing-and-praise-your-heart-out-for-the- Lord evening. But in the midst of thousands of people, a feeling of emptiness unexpectedly came upon me. I felt the absence of those that were missing: […]

Hard to Imagine the Afterlife?
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Hard to Imagine the Afterlife?

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I know. St. Paul had the same problem though, “no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man conceived, what God has prepared for those who love Him” (1 Corinthians 2:10). Right now our knowledge of God is conceptual, we use analogies from this created world to speak of the Totally Other: […]

Living Holy Saturday
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Living Holy Saturday

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“For they did not yet understand the scripture that he had to rise from the dead.” (John 20:9) On Good Friday, the impossible happened. God Himself was executed by His creatures. On Easter Sunday, this same God, our Lord Jesus Christ, rose from the dead, victorious over the power of the grave. In so doing, […]

Good Friday: God is Dead
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Good Friday: God is Dead

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Behold the wood of the cross, on which has hung our salvation: come let us adore (Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion). As we trod with Jesus the steps to Golgotha that draw Lent to a close, it is worthy to note that these are not the waning days of a dry, tired Lent. Instead, they […]

Taking Palm Sunday into This Holy Week
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Taking Palm Sunday into This Holy Week

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Jesus wanted His Apostles to spend time with Him before He died. Instead they slept. He awaits our visits to Him as He remains imprisoned in the tabernacles of His Churches, but we don’t come. How harsh we are on Judas. Yes, he betrayed our Lord. But have not we done so repeatedly as well? […]

Faith, Hope, and Love in the Annunciation
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Faith, Hope, and Love in the Annunciation

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One of my most fond memories of my semester in Rome was from our trip to Northern Italy. We visited quite a few museums and beautiful churches, yet one moment that stuck with me was our visit in Florence. After a long and beautiful Tuscan day, several of us went to a bar. Nights like […]

Breaking Open the Word at Home: March 10, 2019
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Breaking Open the Word at Home: March 10, 2019

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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 […]

Are you Crazy? Preparing for Lent?
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Are you Crazy? Preparing for Lent?

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When I was a kid, preparation for Lent meant Mardi Gras. My mother was so good she always looked for fun things to do, also instructional things at the same time, which would help us both to learn and enjoy.  So, at St. Anne’s we would sometimes have candies or cupcakes on Mardi Gras.  Sometimes […]

The Golden Catholic
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The Golden Catholic

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What would you say if someone asked you, “What religion are you?” I bet you’d reply, “I’m Catholic.” But what would you respond if that same person then asked, “What kind of Catholic?” Perhaps you’d respond “Roman Catholic.” Perhaps you’d respond, “A practicing Catholic.” Perhaps you’d be stuck, as I was when I recently asked […]

10 Ways to Use Beauty to Kickstart Your Spiritual Life
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10 Ways to Use Beauty to Kickstart Your Spiritual Life

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The spiritual life has ups and downs. It is during the down times that we especially need help. Using beauty is a way that is less about your efforts and more about the outside making its way to your inside. God gave us our five senses to absorb his beauty so that it can become […]

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