Tag Archives: humility

Not His Own

As the cardinals gather in Rome to prepare for the conclave, two of our writers reflect on the abdication of now Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI. We pray with the Church: “O God, eternal shepherd, who govern your flock with unfailing care, grant in your boundless fatherly love a pastor for your Church who will please you by his holiness and to us show watchful care. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.” (From the Mass during …

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Truly Free: Pope Benedict XVI

On our youth ministry Winter retreat a few weeks ago, I closed the weekend with a talk about how some people think following Jesus is boring, that being a Saint is lame—that’s it’s all rules—“Don’t do this” or “You can’t do that.” – that God takes the fun out of everything.  I talked about how those people think that to “be their own person” means ditching God, and that freedom means doing whatever they want to do. And then I read this, from Pope Benedict XVI: The person who abandons himself totally in God’s hands …

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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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The “I am Third” Approach for Lent

A while back, a friend gave me some Catholic CDs.  I’ve had them tucked away in the nether-reaches of my car ever since.  Last week, I was bumper-to-bumper on I-75, so I pulled one out and stuck it in the dash.  It was a talk by Fr. Larry Richards, a well-known speaker who offers a great deal of practical advice on becoming closer to Christ.  He focuses on building an intimate and close relationship with our Lord. In between yelling at one driver who had just cut me off and a trucker who had allowed …

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