Tag: "jesus"

25 Life-Changing Questions from the Gospels
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25 Life-Changing Questions from the Gospels

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“Good teachers provide good answers, but exceptional teachers ask great questions.” In the Gospels, Jesus asks over 100 questions. Allan F. Wright, academic dean for evangelization at St. Paul Inside the Walls and an adjunct professor of biblical studies at Seton Hall University, chooses 25 of these questions to dissect and reflect on in 25 […]

Book Review: Find a Real Friend in Jesus
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Book Review: Find a Real Friend in Jesus

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Find a Real Friend in Jesus: Ten Amazingly Easy Steps by Gary Zimak could as easily have been titled “The Catholic Guide to a Personal Relationship with Jesus.”  Catholics often think of a personal relationship with Jesus as a Protestant idea, but Jesus wants to be close to all of us and not just in […]

Book Review: Rediscover Jesus
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Book Review: Rediscover Jesus

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As Catholics, we often think that we know Jesus. After all, most of us have been hearing the stories of his life since we were small children. They are part of who we are, and that is good. But sometimes, we can feel too familiar with the stories and we start to tune them out […]

Dawn of the Living Dead
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Dawn of the Living Dead

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Mary Magdalene wept. Inconsolable. Bereft. Her mind raced. What’s going on here? she thought. I think I need to go lie down, put a warm towel across my forehead and drink a cup of herbal tea. Too much, too soon, too fast, and I can’t wrap my mind around it. They say it is darkest […]

Beads for Men
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Beads for Men

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“The rosary is for old ladies and funerals! The rosary is not for me. I’m a man!” Yes, I was one of those knuckleheads who felt I was way too cool, too macho for anything as quaint as the rosary. It took the Holy Spirit shaking me to my core during an ACTS retreat to […]

How Did Our Lord Have Humility?
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How Did Our Lord Have Humility?

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Whenever someone insults us, we usually come tearing back, ready to defend our reputation, our honor, or whatever it was that we perceive was insulted.  We might even grant that on some level we deserved the insult, but not from them.  “Only God can judge me,”we say. But for as much as this is true, […]

Pope Francis: Rupture vs. Change
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Pope Francis: Rupture vs. Change

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“That’s not what he really meant to say…” These are increasingly common words spoken on behalf of Pope Francis. Increasingly, Catholic bloggers are having to compile montages of quotes to show the strain of orthodox continuity in the Pope’s interviews. For many traditionalists, it is the frightful spectre of a Jesuit pope ascending the throne […]

The "Y" Cord
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The “Y” Cord

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I would like to think that it all started with the “Y” cord, but I know that is not so. Maybe it would be more accurate to state that perhaps it started with the words, “Why not?” We were presenting a marriage preparation class to thirty-five couples the other day, and wanting to give them […]

Jesus is Not an Isolated Missionary
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Jesus is Not an Isolated Missionary

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Angelus message from July 7, 2013. “Jesus is not an isolated missionary”, Pope Francis said; “he does not want to fulfill his mission alone, but involves his disciples. Today we see that, in addition to the Twelve Apostles, He calls seventy-two others, and sends them into the villages, two by two, to announce that the […]

(Trying to) Love Our Moms Like Jesus Loves Mary
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(Trying to) Love Our Moms Like Jesus Loves Mary

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Around Mother’s Day, all of the card and flower commercials will say something to this effect: “Your mother was in labor with you for 2½ weeks, so now you should thank her by spending $19.95 on our Flowers-by-Mail.” They tell us that we should honor our moms at least once a year. We all know […]

Three Days: The Search for the Boy Messiah
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Three Days: The Search for the Boy Messiah

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When you fall in love, you want to spend as much time together as possible and learn all you can about your loved one.  For author Chris Stepien, his ebook Three Days: The Search for the Boy Messiah was about love.  His love of God led Stepien to want to know him better. His love […]

Jesus, the Only and Eternal Priest
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Jesus, the Only and Eternal Priest

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Dear Brothers and Sisters, In the Creed, we find the affirmation that Jesus “ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father.” The earthly life of Jesus culminates in the event of the Ascension, that is, when he passes from this world to the Father, and is lifted up to His […]

On the Rosa Mistica Apparitions
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On the Rosa Mistica Apparitions

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Recently, some friends queried me about the alleged apparitions known as “Rosa Mistica” (Mystical Rose). From their questions, it seemed to me that there is a growing interest in the English-speaking world in Rosa Mistica. I decided to devote myself to some research and to write an article summarizing the information. What follows is the […]