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Contagiously Catholic: Increase

For those involved in Evangelization Ministry – Join us for Contagiously Catholic: Increase. Our goal is simple: Ever increasing communion with Christ. Join us for: Shared Prayer and Lectio Formation Guest Speaker: Rev. Steve Dos Santos CPPS Topic: Devotion to the Precious Blood of Jesus Lunch *recommend $5 donation Adoration More information

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Stop. Breath. Pray.

We live in a fast-paced world. Everything changes so quickly. Just when you think all your computer software is updated, you get that nasty pop-up message telling you that you can’t watch a movie or view a page because your plug-in or application is outdated. Stores change their merchandise around so fast – good luck finding gloves in the middle of January or a swim suit in the middle of July!  (Yes, you can order them online, but hey! the one thing you WANT fast, will take forever – unless you are willing to pay …

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GETTING UNSTUCK (Or Is There a Life Lesson in Candy Crush)

We all get stuck sometimes. Some of us find ourselves in unpleasant situations, like losing a job or not being able to find one, being in an abusive relationship, or dealing with unhealthy habits and addictions. We are unable to break away until the pain grows to a point where it becomes our greatest motivator to make a shift in our hearts, minds and souls. And get unstuck. Some of us, on the other hand, get stuck in a comfortable situation, which we don’t even want to change, or see no reason WHY we would …

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Prayer and Its Difficult Depths

Through the blog of Sean Michael Winter I came across an article, Dumbing Religion Down in the New York Times William James, Joel Osteen, and the Gray Lady BY LEON WIESELTIER literary editor of The New Republic  In it he raises several significant issues worth reflecting about in our experience of religious belief and religious practice, particularly the practice of prayer. First, there are Wieseltier’s reflections on intercessory prayer that point out its difficulties and challenges: “As the climactic pleadings were chanted, I was pierced by an intuition of the utter impotence, the wrenching sensation …

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The Unfulfilled Vocation

The story goes something like this (and I’m changing some of the details because I haven’t gotten permission from this person to use the story): There was a young man who worked closely with young people and taught them about our Catholic faith. He shared with them about the Church’s teachings on vocation and doing God’s will, and all the while, he felt like he was being called to the married life and, at the same time, that he may never be married. He had discerned religious life and came to realize, through prayer and …

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Bringing HOPE to Christians in the Holy Land

One of the great things about the Catholic Church is that it’s Catholic – that is, universal. Catholics are all over the world. But in the Holy Land, where you might most expect to them, Christians are a shrinking minority. Their numbers are dwindling as they either leave their homeland for safety and opportunity or adopt religion of their neighbors. This tragic situation was brought home in early October when seven educators from Latin Patriarchate Schools in the Holy Land visited several Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. Their 10-day stay was part of …

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Ten Minutes That Will Change Your Life

When I was a college student, I met a young Jesuit who challenged me to pray every day for ten minutes. He said that if I did that, it would change my life. I accepted his challenge, but I thought in the back of my mind – “Ten minutes, that’s no big deal, how could those few minutes transform anyone’s life?” But I began praying anyway, making the short walk to the campus chapel each afternoon.  When I prayed, I did not pray the rosary or any other kind of devotion, but simply had a …

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#PrayforPeace: A Tweet-Cyclical

If you are not on Twitter, you may be unaware of how intense the Pope has been using that social network to preach the Gospel under the handle @Pontifex.  Over time the Pope is becoming savvier with Twitter (or at least he is allowing his Twitter interns to do so). I think I noticed the first Papal hashtag this past World youth day when he tagged his tweets with #Rio2013 and #JMJ. A hashtag (#) placed before a word or phrase on Twitter allows that particular “tweet” to be searched. When many people use the …

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The Morning Offering

My commute to work is not very long, less than ten minutes even if I miss all of the lights. It isn’t precisely what one would describe as a scenic drive, traversing down Madison Road through Oakley and into Madisonville. I pass businesses, stores, a very large megachurch complex, bowling alley, and the Children’s Home. Despite this mundane backdrop, I find this three mile drive to be often breathtakingly beautiful and inspiring. Generally speaking, I am on the road somewhere between 7 and 8. Depending on the time of year, the sun is somewhere over …

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Christ at the Center: Home Edition

July 28, 2013: 17th Sunday of Ordinary Time Gospel: Luke 11:1-13 Jesus was praying in a certain place, and when he had finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray just as John taught his disciples.” He said to them, “When you pray, say: Father, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come. Give us each day our daily bread and forgive us our sins for we ourselves forgive everyone in debt to us, and do not subject us to the final test.” And he said to them, “Suppose one of …

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