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Abdication & Exhortation: A Lighting Strike to Spark the New Evangelization

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 …

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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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Your Not-So-Typical Commencement Address

If I were to speak to graduating Catholic school students, here are a few thoughts I might share: I’m not going to be able to take much credit for these points.  Almost all of it has been inspired by one of the seniors graduating from our Youth Ministry program.  Because she could not attend our End-of-the-Year Party and share her parting reflections for the underclassmen, she wrote them out (you can find it HERE, though some of it will not make complete sense to the outsider].  I will quote part of it for you: Jesus …

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