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You Can’t Give What You Don’t Have

                  “Day after day, touched by his compassion, we also can become compassionate to others.” – Pope Francis As a father of three young children, I feel like I spend an inordinate amount of time disciplining. I always try to be just when dealing out appropriate punishments for misbehavior. At the same time I always try to over emphasize my love and forgiveness for my children despite their shortcomings. I learned this practice from my own parents who always made sure to tell me how much they …

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Go Enjoy That Grace!

I have a confession to make.  I just went months without going to confession.  Now, I know that a few months in between confessions is not that uncommon, but, well, it’s too uncommon for a sinner like me.  When I awoke that last morning, I was haunted by feelings of unworthiness, feelings of bitterness, and feelings that the weight of the world was closing in on me.  Needless to say, these feelings did not put me in much of a mood to go confession. Oh, and I was chuck full of good excuses on why …

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Rediscover Catholicism Book Discussion: Confession & Daily Prayer

Over the next 7 weeks we will be hosting an on-line discussion of the Rediscover Catholicism Book Study that many parishes in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati are hosting in the new year. Each session asks multiple questions based on Chapters from “Rediscover Catholicism” and from videos either from Catholics Come Home or from Matthew Kelly’s talk “The 7 Pillars of Catholic Spirituality.” Please join the discussion by adding your comments on any or all of the following questions. OPENING PRAYER Loving Father, Open our hearts and minds and allow us to see the beauty of …

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‘Fessin Up.

When it comes to being organized, most people fall into one of two categories: they are either filers or pilers. Well, I have a confession to make: I am a piler. All you have to do to be convinced of that is to look at my desk or my garage. I was cleaning out the garage a while ago, such as it is, and a ladder that I had leaning against the wall fell over, putting a dent between the glass and the side door of Colleen’s car. It was in kind of an odd …

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What’s love got to do, got to do with it?

I asked my 4-year-old what love is.  Here’s what he said: Love is when you hug someone, or give them a kiss.  It’s not “GRRRRRRR” – that’s anger-ness.  But when you say, “I love you,” then that’s love. Sounds simple enough.  Okay, so – here’s what I have to do to love my family…be affectionate and loving, don’t growl at them, and tell them what they mean to me. Sounds simple enough, right?  Oops, I already said that.  Okay, yes, I can do this.  It’s easy…even my 4-year-old can explain it to me.  All right…take …

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3 Simple Steps Guaranteed to get you in the next available Confessional Line

Lent. It seems to sneak up on me every year. Time to schedule Friday Fish Fries into my calendar, and throw out all of my chocolate for 40 days (except for Sundays of course). Unless I am really intentional about how I enter into Lent, it can come and go without making a big impact on my life, a point already well made by our Being Catholic bloggers here and here and even here. One of the Lenten practices that never fails to impact my life, though, is going to the Sacrament of Reconciliation. I …

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