Category: Live in Christ

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 […]

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 […]

Praying for the Holy Souls: The Soul You Help May Be Your Own
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Praying for the Holy Souls: The Soul You Help May Be Your Own

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“It is therefore a holy and wholesome thought to pray for the dead, that they may be loosed from sins.”  2 Macc. 12:46 “There shall not enter into it anything defiled…” Apoc. 21:27 I lost my Dad in 1999.  He was a wonderful father and certainly considered by all to be a good man.  He […]

All Saints Day -- Because We Were Created for Something Better!
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All Saints Day — Because We Were Created for Something Better!

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For all of us All Saints Day raises some serious questions. We were created to become saints, to serve God and give Him glory. We are supposed to bring His love to a world that is hurting.  People should see Jesus in us.    That is the purpose of all of us. So we all have to ask ourselves some […]

The Changing Celebration of Halloween
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The Changing Celebration of Halloween

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Over the years of my childhood, I experienced a transformation of Halloween.  When I was young, we donned costumes and wandered the neighborhood with Dad trick-or-treating, and always had a good time.  Mom’s seamstress skills and ninja-mad crafting capabilities helped create some fantastic Halloween-night ensembles.  She sewed Dracula capes and fuzzy Daniel Boone coon-skink caps.  […]

Sunday Mass Readings for the Ministry of Parents and Godparents: October 28, 2018
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Sunday Mass Readings for the Ministry of Parents and Godparents: October 28, 2018

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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, with using the Sunday Mass readings to teach the […]

St. Thérèse of Lisieux and Roses
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St. Thérèse of Lisieux and Roses

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Have you ever prayed to St. Thérèse and received roses?  I did once. I never asked for a sign of roses before, but one time after finishing a novena, I told St. Thérèse it would mean a lot to me to receive them as a sign that my prayer request would be granted. I was […]

Saint Monica: An Evangelist of her Home
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Saint Monica: An Evangelist of her Home

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The Church recently celebrated the mysteries of Christ lived out in the person of Saint Monica. I found myself drawn to rereading the beautiful and eloquent Book IX of Saint Augustine’s Confessions that highlights the holiness of Saint Monica as a wife and mother. Saint Augustine’s conversion by the grace of God involved a lifetime […]

Exploring the Mystery of Mary’s Queenship within the Domestic Church
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Exploring the Mystery of Mary’s Queenship within the Domestic Church

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O God, who made the Mother of your Son to be our Mother and our Queen, graciously grant that, sustained by her intercession, we may attain in the heavenly Kingdom the glory promised to your children. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy […]

Your Friendly Reminder: Go To Confession!
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Your Friendly Reminder: Go To Confession!

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I had one of those terrible moments the other night. You know, the ones where you crush the spirit of your child and know it. It’s awful. I had just sat down with my husband to pray Night Prayer after a long, harrowing day. I was exhausted from the previous night’s insomnia, stressed about our house […]

Transfiguration - Just a Stretch of the Legs
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Transfiguration – Just a Stretch of the Legs

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Praying the Rosary on the way to work, something new regarding the Transfiguration jumped out at me. You remember the event: While Jesus was at prayer on a mountaintop, Peter, James, and John witnessed Him become “more brilliant than the sun.” Moses and Elijah appeared to Jesus, and the disciples could hear them discussing His […]

A Gift for My Grandmother and Saint Anne’s Gift to Me
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A Gift for My Grandmother and Saint Anne’s Gift to Me

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The summer of 2008 was a summer of opportunity for me.  I was able to attend the International Eucharistic Congress in Quebec City, Canada with other young adults from the state of Wisconsin through Catholic Youth Expeditions, a retreat ministry founded by Father Quinn Mann, a priest of the Diocese of Green Bay. As part […]

The Day I Got Kicked Out of a Hair Salon
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The Day I Got Kicked Out of a Hair Salon

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“We do not have a good rapport,” I was told by the salon owner with short red hair as she took off my plastic cape. “I won’t be able to work with you. You need to leave.” Who gets kicked out of a hair salon? But I had rubbed the hairdresser the wrong way and […]

IRELAND: Empty Churches, Hurting People - What Can We Do?
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IRELAND: Empty Churches, Hurting People – What Can We Do?

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As Ireland prepares for an August visit by Pope Francis, her people are locked in a life and death struggle with the Catholic Church. In a country that is perhaps the most Catholic of any nation in the world, some estimates show that while well over 90% of Ireland’s citizens identify with the church of […]

Faith: The Constant Exploration of the Boundaries of Hope
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Faith: The Constant Exploration of the Boundaries of Hope

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This deliberate choice of words is an attempt to express the reality within which so many of us find ourselves in regards to our religion. To say that I belong to a particular religion is by itself an expression of Faith, but it does not define the reality of my relationship with that religion. I […]

Lines from the Declaration of Independence to Ponder this July
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Lines from the Declaration of Independence to Ponder this July

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As youth, many of us were required to memorize – or at least study – the Declaration of Independence. Although we might not be able to quote it now, we’re probably able to spot it if we hear it read or recited by someone else. At least I hope so. The Declaration of Independence is […]

Thomas: Doubter, Empiricist, Apostle, Saint
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Thomas: Doubter, Empiricist, Apostle, Saint

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For St. John the Apostle, the empty tomb was all he needed to experience to believe in the Resurrection. But two who were later to be saints – Mary Magdalene and Thomas – began the first Easter season as nonbelievers. Mary Magdalene arrived at the tomb not to assure herself that Christ is risen, but […]

The Pick-Up
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The Pick-Up

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This past Sunday morning on our way to the airport, I was dropping off my husband, a pilot for work. We had just finished saying the Rosary and were rounding the large loop about a mile from the airport, when we noticed a car off to the side of the road. The hood was up […]

The Nativity of St. John the Baptist: Trust in God’s Loving Power
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The Nativity of St. John the Baptist: Trust in God’s Loving Power

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“You did not believe my words, which will be fulfilled at their proper time”  (Luke 1:20). Faith assures us that anything is possible with God, and The Catechism teaches us that, “God, who created everything also rules everything and can do everything. God’s power is loving, for He is our Father, and mysterious, for only faith […]

Falling in Trust
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Falling in Trust

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Trust is an intrinsic part of the human psyche, though it’s resolve can sometimes seem almost irrational. It was trust in God that brought Columbus to discover the New World. The same could be said about the many pioneers who ventured out in wagons to cross the great prairies in the 19th century. In that […]

Heartbreak, Suicide and God's Endless Mercy
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Heartbreak, Suicide and God’s Endless Mercy

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Frequently, when I speak to groups about death and dying, people will share their own stories of loss. At a recent event, a woman came up to me with tears running down her face, to talk about her daughter who had died by suicide. She had been raised as a Catholic, with the idea that […]

His Mother Brought Him to Lourdes, His Heavenly Mother Healed Him, Now He's a Priest
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His Mother Brought Him to Lourdes, His Heavenly Mother Healed Him, Now He’s a Priest

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Mothers make great sacrifices for their children, that is widely known. That they are often the gateway to sainthood perhaps less so, and yet, behind every great saint (to steal a phrase), is likely to be an attentive mother. Fr. Christy David Pathiala would probably agree. He speaks of his own mother with great reverence, […]

pieta, mary, jesus, suffering
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Mary, My Mother

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In relation to boys, girls have always had a very short childhood, inversely proportional to the wealth of the family. Two thousand years ago in Palestine they were hardly off the breast before they were expected to conform to strict behavior patterns. Little girls grew in the knowledge that they were second class citizens, forever […]

You Need a Silent Retreat
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You Need a Silent Retreat

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As we’re now in the Easter season and summer is just around the corner, I want to strongly encourage all of you to sign yourselves up for a silent retreat this year. Yep, just look at your summer calendars, and do it. Unfortunately for me, I’ll have to wait until my latest baby is done […]

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