Category: Live in Christ

Humans Really Are Odd Beings
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Humans Really Are Odd Beings

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Adam and Eve really did have it easy.  They were so comfortable in their human skin.  More to the point, they were comfortable in their human skin which had a spiritual soul.  This did not seem odd or cause them any kind of dilemma, stress, or confusion.  They were created to be perfectly at ease […]

<i>The Wild Wild West</i>: My Father's Example of Forgiveness
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The Wild Wild West: My Father’s Example of Forgiveness

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My father taught me one of the most amazing lessons I’ve ever learned about forgiveness. It happened when I was a young girl, about eight years of age or so. I was at home with my mother and two sisters just doing things around the house. Suddenly, the atmosphere changed, and there was a flurry […]

Lent, Ashes, and Death to Self
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Lent, Ashes, and Death to Self

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“[F]or dust thou art, and to dust thou shall return” (Gen. 3:19). We are food for worms, and yet our culture, our modernist worldview, pretends that nature can somehow be betrayed. We worship the appearance of youth while we are alive, and when those around us give in to inevitability, we hide the reality of […]

Tempted Yet?
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Tempted Yet?

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An Ice Cream Sundae.  At 11:30 p.m. or so on Mardi Gras.  My yearly custom, for many years, was to take a bowl of Whitey’s Ice Cream, cover it with Butterscotch and/or Carmamel and/or Chocolate Sauce, maybe throw on some peanuts, and enjoy my last indulgence before the start of Lent. Ice Cream.  I was […]

Litany of the Everyday
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Litany of the Everyday

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In our family we observe a common Catholic tradition:  whenever we hear a siren, we say a Hail Mary, “for whoever is in need and for the first responders”.  Since we live just a few blocks from a fire station, we get lots of practice in this devotion. Which also affords our daughter Liz, now […]

Does it Really Matter?
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Does it Really Matter?

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While getting ready for a dance at the University of Detroit during a freshman college orientation weekend, I had a life changing experience. It was a moment of awakening that has stayed with me for over thirty years. The roommate I was assigned for the weekend was a tall, slim girl with short black hair.  […]

Saying “Y-E-S” to God During Lent
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Saying “Y-E-S” to God During Lent

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Hear Gary Zimak on EWTN radio’s Son Rise Morning Show Tuesday, 3/8 at 6:45 a.m. and on Ave Maria/EWTN Catholic Connection Friday, 3/11 at 8:35 a.m. No matter how close we are to God, the season of Lent provides a great opportunity to grow closer to Him.  One of the biggest mistakes that we can make is to not take advantage of […]

Who is Behind the New Roman Missal?
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Who is Behind the New Roman Missal?

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By now we all know that a new Roman Missal is on its way to use in our parishes.  If you are like me, you want to know how and why things come about.  So, consistant with this, I looked up the committees instrumental in the revising and establishment of our Roman Missals, past and present, here are my […]

Big Grace and the Gift of Faith
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Big Grace and the Gift of Faith

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A few months ago, an acquaintance told me she was in a RCIA program. I don’t call her a “friend” because I really do not know her quite well. I think she is a nice person who has the potential to be a good friend but my knowledge of her and her life is very […]

Infants Sharing in the Lord's Table
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Infants Sharing in the Lord’s Table

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Visitors from other Christian groups to an Orthodox Divine Liturgy will often find some similarities to their own religious services along with some major differences. For example, visitors from other liturgical Churches will recognize the Epistle and Gospel readings, the Alleluia, and the Anaphora or Canon before the distribution of the Eucharist. One major difference, […]

Just Like Mary
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Just Like Mary

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She was just a wisp of a thing. She probably was around 20, but she looked like she was 13 years old. She had a beautiful newborn baby girl snuggled on her shoulder as she stood patiently at the back of the crowd. She reminded me of what I’d imagined our Blessed Mother to look […]

Can you intuit this?
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Can you intuit this?

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Apple.  McIntosh.  Golden Delicious.  Johnny Red.  My earliest memories of apples come from visits to Stone’s Apple Orchard in Hampton, Illinois. They were open year round, it seems, and whether in February or June, entering the apple barn where the lights were down low and there was a crispness in the air and the smell […]

God and Mammon?
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God and Mammon?

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In the ancient world, most peoples believed in a universe that had many gods.  But even without the help of biblical revelation, Greek philosophers figured something out.  There could only be one Supreme Being, only one almighty and omnipotent Ruler of all, only one God. In the twelfth chapter of Luke, Jesus asks a question.  […]

Finding Jesus on a Campground
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Finding Jesus on a Campground

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I am kneeling in a place of absolute peace. Soft music plays in the background, telling everyone of God’s unfailing love. The pungent smell of incense hangs in the air. The lighting in the room is dim, except for a solitary spotlight. This spotlight illuminates the monstrance, which contains Jesus Christ in the form of […]

Hilarion Visits USA: Russia and Her Mission, Part Three
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Hilarion Visits USA: Russia and Her Mission, Part Three

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Just as all this was about to happen in Rome (see part one, part two), the head of the Moscow Patriarchate’s Department of External Relations, Metropolitan Hilarion Alfeyev, was engaged in an unprecedented week-long trip to the USA in early February Unprecedented because it involved meeting not only with other Russian Orthodox living in America, […]

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Rooms in My Father’s House

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In my Father’s house there are many dwelling places. ~ John 14:2a When I was a young parent (well not so young but let’s say a new parent) I scoured books searching for parenting tips and techniques. I can remember once reading something to the effect that “by now you should recognize your baby’s cry” and […]

Benedict Receives Medvedev: Russia and Her Mission, Part Two
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Benedict Receives Medvedev: Russia and Her Mission, Part Two

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Pope Benedict XVI and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev met for 35 minutes on Thursday, February 17, in the Apostolic Palace at the Vatican. This meeting was rather long — sometimes such meetings with national leaders only last 20 or 25 minutes. You can watch the public parts of the visit on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b7z6kK3XfdU  The two […]

Migrants, in a spiritual sense
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Migrants, in a spiritual sense

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The town of Princeville, where I was proud to serve for 10 years, has had migrant workers from Texas since the 1930’s, mostly to harvest and process pumpkins.  I quickly learned, upon arrival, that these good people and their children were often neglected when they returned home for Winter.  I would make the point, at […]

The Fuller Brush Man
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The Fuller Brush Man

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I admit there were times growing up when us kids rolled our eyes at the strange ways of Mom and Dad.  The Old Coots (as they are sometimes known) could just be so out-of-step with the times.  Granted, this was partly due to circumstances.  My folks raised eight kids in the seventies, which were decidedly […]

Cut Deeply
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Cut Deeply

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I cut our dog this past weekend. I mean, I literally cut her! I was grooming her and intended to cut her hair but caught her skin instead, making a painful gash in her back leg. She yelped and jumped, whirling her head around and looking back at me in complete bewilderment. The tears came […]

"A Fourth Rome There Will Not Be" -- Russia and Her Mission, Part One
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“A Fourth Rome There Will Not Be” — Russia and Her Mission, Part One

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“Two Romes have fallen, but the third stands, and a fourth there will not be.” —The Russian Monk Philotheus, c. 1520, referring to Rome, Constantinople (“New Rome”) and Moscow “In the afternoon Tatiana stayed indoors and read from the prophets Amos and Obadiah… “Commandant Yurovsky got up from his chair, went out on to the […]

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 […]

Will a New Papal Document Curtail Use of the Old Mass?
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Will a New Papal Document Curtail Use of the Old Mass?

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Will the Vatican soon issue a document calling for some restrictions on the use of the old rite of the Mass? The internet, especially in traditional Catholic circles, is abuzz with reports that this may be about to happen. But for the moment, these reports are based only on rumors. Officially, no one yet knows […]

The Gaze
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The Gaze

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I do a weekly adoration hour. If you are familiar with the devotion of Eucharistic Adoration, skip the next paragraph. If not, allow me to explain. In formal settings, when a Catholic church sets up a weekly or daily schedule of Adoration or “Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament,” volunteers (like me) sign up to pray […]

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