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Is the Church an Image of Compassion and Mercy?

Recently I had the opportunity to meet a courageous and good woman and mom.  A single parent of 4 children, she desires to raise her children to be adults with good morals, with an education to be productive citizens and independent, and she asks the Church to help her.  I shared with her the statics that show “faith is good for kids.”  Studies show that families, who pray together in the home, attend Church services together and have relationships with other members of their Church community usually become adults with faith.  These adults with faith …

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My Family is Holy! Not perfect, but holy.

It is easy to dismiss one’s own family as holy amidst the reality of the daily mishaps.  Carelessness such as not picking up after one’s self, snapping an angry remark out of fatigue, fear, pride or jealously and just needing space that is not available due to tight quarters and young children.  But, going beyond these mishaps is what makes us holy.  I imagine that the Holy Family, Jesus, Mary and Joseph had their moments.  The scripture stories of Jesus being left behind in the temple after the Passover celebration (Luke 2:41-52) as well as …

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Family Wedding

Colleen: On May 12, 2012 our daughter, Sajah, married her friend and love, Earl.  She is the second of our children to marry.  Sajah’s wedding  was a different experience for me as a mother of the bride.  Sajah was an unexpected daughter.  She is our goddaughter who came to live with us as her legal guardians at age sixteen. The day before her wedding I spent running errands for last minute needs and decorating the reception hall.  The best part of that day was just being together.  I don’t remember any in depth conversations.  I …

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Going to Mass Together

John: My wife Colleen and I went to Mass together this Sunday.  That was a very nice change of pace for both of us. We don’t get that opportunity, to worship as a couple at Mass, as often as we would like because of my obligations as a deacon. Especially throughout Lent and Easter Season, I diaconate (participate in Eucharist as a deacon) every Sunday, while Colleen worships with the rest of the assembly in the church. That takes some getting used to. Colleen and I met on a blind date 32 years ago, in …

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