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Gratitude, Hope, Joy?

There are three beautifully wrapped gifts on a table in front of you. One has a tag marked, “Gratitude.” Another is tagged, “Hope.” The third is, “Joy.” Answer quickly, without thinking. Ready? Without thinking, answer, “Which gift has God given to you this year?” Those three wrapped gifts from God: which one would you like for God to give to someone else at Christmas?

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Why Not Me?

“Why not me?” This is the response that a person I know gives to people who ask the big question about her incurable disease: Why is this happening to you? And, in fact, I think that her answer is really the only one that makes sense. Religions spend a great deal of time trying to explain why bad things happen to good people, and the answers are many and varied. Perhaps it is divine retribution. Or it is God teaching someone (the afflicted, the surrounding community, the world) a lesson. Maybe it is all part …

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We Are the Field Hospital

When Pope Francis talks about the Church as the image of a field hospital after battle, he’s including among others the many people, baptized or not, who have a minimal understanding of what it is like to be in a relationship with Jesus- especially Jesus as the ultimate healer. He is saying that we can’t begin to acquaint someone with the Church and her teachings until someone has come to know and experienced divine love and who has come to love Jesus in return. First things first, it’s the experience of a personal encounter with …

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“Make Sure You Tell The Whole Story”

On September 8 – 21, 2013, Dr. Michael Gable, Director, Mission Office, Ms. Melonise Knight, Dr. Jessie Thomas, Ms. Barbara Wuest, Mrs. Donna Goddard, Mrs. Nor-Rita Winters, and I traveled to Ghana, West Africa on a mission trip.  This trip was very important for me because it allowed me to fulfill a promise I had made to my friend and mentor, the late Rev. Paul Rehling. It would be very easy for me to describe the wonderful people I met: Most Rev. Gabriel Mante – Diocese of Jasikan, Most Rev. Peter Atuahene – Diocese of …

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Christ at the Center: Home Edition

Solemnity of the Ascension of our Lord: May 12, 2013 Gospel: Luke 24:46-53 Jesus said to his disciples: “Thus it is written that the Christ would suffer and rise from the dead on the third day and that repentance, for the forgiveness of sins, would be preached in his name to all the nations, beginning from Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things. And behold I am sending the promise of my Father upon you; but stay in the city until you are clothed with power from on high.” Then he led them out as …

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The Race is On!

I ran track for one year in high school. Mostly the mile and two mile.  The mile I liked, but the two mile, now that’s a different story.  Something about going around in circles eight times in the same direction—it felt pointless to run all that way just to end up right where I’d started.  And track meets—ugh.  Seems like it was always either freezing and raining or baking hot.  No in between.  I remember sitting in the stands (and sometimes under them) bundled up against the wind and rain trying to do my homework …

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What is it about Religious Life?

As an Associate Vocation Director, I have seen my share of vocation related YouTube videos. Many of them have been sent to me and many I have gone out and found in my searching for other things. Some of my favorite videos are those of consecrated religious taking their first vows. Part of this, I think is simply because I don’t have any experience with these ceremonies and I love the many ceremonies of the Church (especially that of an Ordination – if you’ve never witnessed an Ordination Mass, please make it a point to …

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It’s A Good Time To Walk Outside

I’m thinking 1.2 miles of walking, leisurely … perhaps for two or three hours.  And I’m thinking of taking this walk with half a million friends next Friday afternoon.  Care to join?   This Friday, January 25, is the March for Life in Washington, DC.  That’s just three days after the 40th anniversary of the legalization of abortion in the United States of America.  An entire generation of unborn children has been in jeopardy.  More than 50 million have been killed.  Those who survived live in a culture infused with new “syndromes” — Post Abortion Syndrome, Survivor …

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Christmas… but not yet!

As a person of faith, I so often feel as though I am stuck living simultaneously within two contradictory worlds.  Perhaps there is no greater example of this than the tension experienced during the early part of the month of December.  As Catholics, we are called to enter into the hopefulness and anticipation of the season of Advent.  All the while, people around are diving headlong into Christmas music, egg nog, and Rudolph. Part of me wants desperately to jump right in and join the festivities, but another part of knows that my soul expands …

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The Narrow Path

Matthew 7:14 “How narrow the gate and constricted the road that leads to life. And those who find it are few.” Freedom is wonderful…but sometimes it causes us to be shackled in chains. With so many choices it can lead to “egos gone wild.” It’s a veritable smorgasbord of options! But no amount of power, prestige or possessions will be enough to satisfy that yearning for more. What we are all really trying to do is fill a hole in our hearts that was placed there by our Maker…a hole that only God can fill. …

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