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But, I Asked So Nicely…

“I WANT LEMONADE.” (In angry three-year-old voice). “That’s not a nice way to ask. Plus, you’ve had more than enough sugar today.” “But, Daddy, can I please have some lemonade?” “No. You’ve had enough. I will get you some water.” “But Daddy…I asked so nicely…” Here, I have documented for you a recent exchange I had with my little girl. In a typically childish manner, she screamed at me for something. She was practically saying, “All I really want is just this one thing. And, I want it now.” She realized her mistake fairly quickly, …

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Are You a Dynamic Catholic?

If you went to Mass at any parish in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati this past Christmas, chances are you were handed the book Rediscover Catholicism by Matthew Kelly. Many parishes hosted book studies this year in which participants reflected on the various ways Catholicism helps us become the best-version-of-ourselves. If you are looking for a good summer read, I would recommend another book by Matthew Kelly called “The 4 Signs of a Dynamic Catholic: How Engaging 1% of Catholics Could Change The World” (Beacon Publishing, 2012). In this book, Matthew cites research that seems to …

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Running Boston

    Boston Common Picture from Wikimedia Commons   My wife, Hollie, and I spent first the two years of our marriage living just outside of Boston. In fact, the first time she came to visit me in New England, we walked all around the city in the pouring rain. We were soaked, but we were also soaking in the architecture, the smells, those funny shaped roads, and of course the people. I’ve been to Fenway four times in my life. The first time, I was only about seven, and my Grandfather woke me up …

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The Pause

I am sure many of you out there had the same experience as me when the new pope was announced: Silence and Confusion.  “George who?  Where did they say he was from?  Why isn’t he coming out?”    Millions of souls were dumbstruck for over a minute as they awaited further clarification.  It was not the first time an unexpected cardinal had been named pope, but it is still always surprising to have to reach out in search of an unfamiliar name.  Even the news commentators were for once, silent…  Finally, after what felt like an …

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Prayer for Pope Francis

Lord, make Pope Francis an instrument of your peace. Where there is hatred, let him sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; and where there is sadness, joy. O Divine Master, grant that he may not so much seek to be consoled as to console; to be understood as to understand; to be loved as to love. For it is in giving that he receives; it is in pardoning that he is pardoned; and it is in dying that he …

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Where 2 or 3 Are Gathered: Home Edition

Second Sunday of Lent: February 24, 2013 Gospel: Luke 9:28-36 Jesus took Peter, John, and James and went up the mountain to pray. While he was praying his face changed in appearance and his clothing became dazzling white. And behold, two men were conversing with him, Moses and Elijah, who appeared in glory and spoke of his exodus that he was going to accomplish in Jerusalem. Peter and his companions had been overcome by sleep, but becoming fully awake, they saw his glory and the two men standing with him. As they were about to …

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Constant Prayer

On January 31, 2013, my youngest son celebrated fourteen years on the planet. Kwasi began life a little over four pounds with a multitude of significant health issues.  I’ve never been a member of the school of thought that prayer only takes place either in the sanctuary or quiet spaces. Prayer is prayed where prayer is needed.  I am as comfortable praying in a crowded elevator, behind the wheel, a surgical suite, the emergency room as I am in church on my knees. I am thankful praying without ceasing was a routine part of my …

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Rediscover Catholicism Book Discussion: Confession & Daily Prayer

Over the next 7 weeks we will be hosting an on-line discussion of the Rediscover Catholicism Book Study that many parishes in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati are hosting in the new year. Each session asks multiple questions based on Chapters from “Rediscover Catholicism” and from videos either from Catholics Come Home or from Matthew Kelly’s talk “The 7 Pillars of Catholic Spirituality.” Please join the discussion by adding your comments on any or all of the following questions. OPENING PRAYER Loving Father, Open our hearts and minds and allow us to see the beauty of …

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The Spirituality of a Garden

I recently ate the last ear of corn produced by the humble garden in my backyard. As I stood there looking at the seven-foot stalks of corn, noticing the leaves fading from the deep green of spring to the yellowish and dried look of an autumn corn maze, I reflected on the meaning of all that has transpired with my garden. It all began with a decision to pull out a large row of bushes I finally deemed too ugly and deformed to keep, and replace with what I hoped to be a beautiful garden. …

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A Good and Faithful Servant

I didn’t meet Fr. Ray Aichele until he had retired. He became our weekend celebrant at St. Mary and became part of our parish family for I believe around 16 years. Fr. Ray was one of those God-centered people who are utterly lovable because they reflect the kind of love that Christ surely showed those who encountered him. I never heard a single unkind word come from his mouth. I never saw him become impatient or angry. He had a kind word, a gentle smile and a twinkle in his eye for everyone. While I …

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