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This Lent, consider the Pope Francis’ call to mission…James Havey has

In recent his recent letter, Evangelii Gaudium,  the Holy Father reminds that:  “By virtue of their baptism, all the members of the People of God have become missionary disciples (cf. Mt 28:19). All the baptized, whatever their position in the Church or their level of instruction in the faith, are agents of evangelization, and it would be insufficient to envisage a plan of evangelization to be carried out by professionals while the rest of the faithful would simply be passive recipients. The new evangelization calls for personal involvement on the part of each of the …

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Could you be the “Epiphany” to the lonely near or far?

Let us act so that our brothers and sisters never feel alone! Our presence in solidarity is expressed not only through our words  but also through the eloquence of our deeds that God is close to everyone.”   This is part of the challenging Christmas message from Pope Francis, who still expresses his faith by bringing God’s “Good News” to the prisoners and lonely in the slums of Rome and Rio as he formally did in Argentina.  It’s clear that the Holy Father is constantly empowered by Jesus’ words from Jesus’ “Last Judgment” in Matthew 25:31-46, …

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Seeking: Meaningful Retirement?

Seeking a meaningful retirement?  Here’s some great examples! At a workshop on planning for retirement, I heard the guest speaker invite the participants to, “Draw a line with significant dates and events of your life on it.  Then ask yourself, ‘what do you want to achieve or do with the rest of your life?’”  That lead to a rich discussion about investigating some creative opportunities.  I offered the group copies of “Response 2013” which lists Catholic organization seeking volunteers of all ages.  They were all snapped up. While winding down his career in engineering and …

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Service to God

Ever consider Lay Missionary Service?  It’s faith- life transforming!  Never too old! Did you know the Mormons expect two years of mission work …as do some Mennonite churches?  Some of them have asked me, “Are Catholics expected to give a few years in service to God and their church?”  I usually reply, “Well, it’s not expected but those that do serve even for 6 months or a year are wonderfully transformed.” I can relate to that from my own personal experience. Before I was married, I was blessed to serve for few years with the …

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Why I Stick with the Catholic Church: Heroes Who Inspire

With all the difficult news about the Catholic Church in recent years, with the sex abuse scandals, deep divisions in our church, etc. some ask me “why stick with this church?”  I sometimes share that I’ve been blessed to work with many holy, dedicated Catholics in mission territories and in U.S. parishes who keep serving God’s people and loving Jesus regardless of all these problems.  They inspire me to “hang in there” and to keep “my eyes on the prize”…God’s reign of hope, justice, peace and joy. In mid May, I was blessed to help …

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Dennis: A Transformative Easter Catholic– like Romero

As the director the Archdiocesan Mission Office, it warms my heart when I meet persons willing to be transformed by crossing geographic, social, religious, cultural or economic boarders to discover new “flavors” of God in others.  My dear friend Dennis O’Connor was one of those persons who did just that.  He inspired many, many people before losing his life to cancer this past Easter.  For more than 10 years, Dennis was the managing editor for our Catholic Telegraph (CT) but starting in 2001, he responded to my invitations to take immersion trips with fellow Catholics …

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