Category: Live in Christ

The Discernment of Spirits
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The Discernment of Spirits

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In The Discernment of Spirits, an Ignatian Guide for Everyday Living,  Fr. Timothy Gallagher has endeavored to write a “how-to guide” on the reading of the Ignatian Rules.  He has broken down each rule and explained what is meant by it.  He supports his descriptions with vignettes from the lives of users of the Ignatian […]

The Miraculous Healing Power of Indulgences
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The Miraculous Healing Power of Indulgences

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Last fall, Pope Benedict XVI announced a special set of indulgences for the Year of Faith, which ends on November 24, 2013.  During that time, Catholics may obtain indulgences on the usual conditions if they perform one or more of several acts of faith and charity devoted to the Second Vatican Council, which the Year […]

Signs
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Signs

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True story. Hand to God. An acquaintance was having neighbor trouble. As often happens, things escalated rather quickly. What had begun as an issue where two sides were taking tough stands and no one was willing to budge swiftly careened into a legal battle. The acquaintance—a woman of great faith who diligently tried to live […]

Guard Your Heart
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Guard Your Heart

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“Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life” – Proverbs 4:23 (NIV) “Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life” – NLT “With closest custody, guard your heart, for in it are the sources of life” – NAB “Keep your heart with all vigilance, […]

What's On Your Mantle?
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What’s On Your Mantle?

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It’s a rhetorical question, really.  I could also ask: what’s hanging on your wall; what are you wearing around your neck; what does your bumper sticker say? Once a month, I visit a patient who lives in a B’nai B’rith sponsored family apartment building.  There’s no mistaking that all the families living there are practicing […]

The Penitential Rite and Keeping Your New Year’s Resolutions
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The Penitential Rite and Keeping Your New Year’s Resolutions

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Did that which is good then bring death to me? By no means! It was sin, working death in me through what is good, in order that sin might be shown to be sin, and through the commandment might become sinful beyond measure. We know that the law is spiritual; but I am carnal, sold […]

Top Ten People of 2012 and One "Man of the Year"
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Top Ten People of 2012 and One “Man of the Year”

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Each year, Inside the Vatican magazine chooses 10 people we believe are examples of great courage, fidelity to the Church and heroic Christian charity. Our choice for “Person of the Year”: Pope Benedict XVI. He passed through the crucible of the “Vatileaks” scandal and continued to preach the Gospel, in season and out of season… […]

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A Second Look at Confession

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If you ask any priest, he will tell you that one of the biggest dangers attacking healthy marriages in the Church today comes from pornography.  When you consider that kids from healthy Catholic marriages are a lot likelier to develop a strong faith, this is a problem that affects more than just the individual couple; it impacts […]

What About That Elephant In The Sanctuary?
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What About That Elephant In The Sanctuary?

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The continuing dissent of the Catholic left from the fundamental tenets of the Catholic Church is not a news flash, and to be clear, the dissent did not start with the campaign leading up to the 2012 election. But the campaign and election did produce a clarification as many Catholic politicians, Catholic university professors, prominent […]

"Gay Sin" Survey Reveals We’re Playing God
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“Gay Sin” Survey Reveals We’re Playing God

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I’m always on the hunt for positive news, there being such consistent media focus on the bad stuff. Most days, headlines essentially read, “Handbasket full; hell in sight.” So a recent headline caught my eye because of its positive tone: “Survey: Big drop in those who say being gay’s a sin.” According to Lifeway Research, […]

The Goal of Chastity
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The Goal of Chastity

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I have suspected for a while now that there is little clarity in our culture regarding the goal of chastity. This is probably in part because there is little clarity regarding the difference between abstinence (which ends at marriage) and chastity (which never ends). But it is also probably in part because chastity contradicts the […]

Sorry, No Steeples
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Sorry, No Steeples

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“Sorry, No Steeple…but we do have a drive-thru” is what the clever, cool, hip billboard sign proclaims. I wasn’t exactly sure what it meant so I didn’t pay it much never-mind. Then another one popped up with something that was, to me, similarly vague: We don’t accept perfect people. Still, not paying attention. Then a […]

Revealing God in Daily Encounters
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Revealing God in Daily Encounters

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I recently attended a brainstorming session focusing on how to best deliver and follow up much needed care to a growing, vulnerable patient population in the community.  Nothing was put on paper at the initial meeting. It was just an exchange of ideas, references, and an intention of good will and future partnership. Later, when […]

The Pewsitter's Guide to Parish Renewal
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The Pewsitter’s Guide to Parish Renewal

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Recently on Facebook, I came across a rather heated discussion about Vacation Bible School (VBS), summertime faith formation programs hosted by many parishes across the United States. These parishes are taking a cue from other Christian communities by offering this kind of special outreach – and at times are even using programs produced by evangelical […]

Men Without Chests, or, What C. S. Lewis Made Me Think About
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Men Without Chests, or, What C. S. Lewis Made Me Think About

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“We make men without chests and expect from them virtue and enterprise. We laugh at honor and are shocked to find traitors in our midst.” ~ C. S. Lewis, The Abolition of Man Sometimes you do your best and things don’t go right. That’s parenthood in a nutshell, I suppose, even when it’s done properly. […]

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Slipping Away

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I was warned.   My mom used to complain how “time flies” the older she got.  In my youthful mind, with three little ones under my feet, I scoffed.  Silly me.  Today, January 4, 2013, would have been her 82nd birthday.  I guess that has gotten me to thinking of all she wisely told me. […]

Helping Young Families: The Church’s Job?
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Helping Young Families: The Church’s Job?

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This past month I’ve been thinking about the difficulties of raising young families. Conversations with friends and family and my own lived experiences have left me wondering how we are supposed to do all that is asked of us in raising a young family. No sleep, diapers, laundry, meals….it’s just crazy hard sometimes! After reading […]

Father, Forgive Us
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Father, Forgive Us

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My initial response to the outcome of the election was visceral. Fixing my eyes on the heavens, tears pouring down my cheeks, I searched for answers in the night sky. I did a lot of praying for this election. Issues that should abhor any God-fearing human didn’t seem to sway, move or even nudge the […]

New Year Plenary Indulgence Prayer, <em>Veni Creator Spiritus</em>: Latin-English
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New Year Plenary Indulgence Prayer, Veni Creator Spiritus: Latin-English

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There is a plenary indulgence (under the usual conditions, i.e., Confession, Communion, and prayer for the intentions of the Holy Father) for singing or reciting the Veni Creator Spiritus on January 1st.    Veni Creátor Spíritus,            Come, Holy Spirit, Creator come, Mentes tuórum vísita,           From Thy bright heavenly throne! Imple supérna grátia             Come, take possession […]

New Year’s Resolutions: Bl. Cardinal Newman’s Way
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New Year’s Resolutions: Bl. Cardinal Newman’s Way

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Most of us make and break the same New Year’s Resolutions each year:  eat less, exercise more, spend less, get out of debt. . . and on and on.  My resolutions, while well-intentioned, often fall away by the end of January. This year, I’ve decided to do things differently.  Instead of putting all the emphasis […]

Inaccurate Reporting on Medjugorje is a Disservice to All Catholics
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Inaccurate Reporting on Medjugorje is a Disservice to All Catholics

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On the British tabloid Daily Mail Online, there recently appeared an article by Chris Rogers and Marshall Corwin concerning the six alleged seers of Medjugorje.  Rogers and Corwin write a fairly simple article that recounts some basic history of Medjugorje.  It also mixes the authors’ own experience with Medjugorje and the alleged seers.  I would […]

The Holy Innocents
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The Holy Innocents

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With nothing but the angel’s words as confirmation of her condition, she hastened toward her cousin’s house to see if the impossible had indeed come to pass. It had. Amazingly, inexplicably, the devout old woman positively glowed as she regarded her much younger kin, at once gratified and awestruck at the hidden miracles that rested, […]

5 Ways to Keep the Christmas Spirit Alive in Your Heart
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5 Ways to Keep the Christmas Spirit Alive in Your Heart

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The calendar reads December 27th. Secular society has us fully ensconced in “after-Christmas” sales and is already prepared to move us along to Valentine’s Day. And yet we Catholics know that in terms of the liturgical season of Christmas, we’re just getting started. Some of you may fall prey to the “after Christmas blues” that […]

Facebook Friends vs. True Friends
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Facebook Friends vs. True Friends

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During the early years of Facebook mania, I posted pics of my kids, events, travels, anecdotes and chanted with the universal FB voice: “Look how great I am; how amazing my life is; how many people like me!” While I really wanted to post about how great God is, a social network broadcasting my religious […]

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