Learning to Pray

“[Jesus] said to [the apostles], “Come away by yourselves to a deserted place and rest a while.”  People were coming and going in great numbers, and they had no opportunity even to eat.  So they went off in the boat by themselves to a deserted place.” When our Lord takes the Apostles away to a […]

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Bumping into Jesus

God wants to do incredible things in your life! Today we hear the stories of two people’s whose lives were profoundly altered by coming into contact with Christ: the woman with the hemorrhage and the daughter of the synagogue official. These two miraculous healings show us the incredible power of Christ to triumph over every […]

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The Joy of Discipleship

Lent is a great time for us to refocus our lives on what is most important, to turn away from worldly concerns and come back to the Lord with our whole hearts. Lent is about discipleship, about discovering a way of following the Lord in a new and more intense manner. In past Lents, I […]

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Mediocrity will not suffice

“You duped me, O LORD, and I let myself be duped.” If anyone ever fears to address the Lord openly and honestly, let him observe the words of the prophet Jeremiah, who speaks to the Lord extraordinarily candidly. Jeremiah is not happy. He decries the Lord for duping him because he is embarrassed. He has […]

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Temptation and Baseball

My family’s big sport was baseball. We spent so many hours playing, watching, or thinking about playing baseball. Dad was the coach for our coach’s pitch team. We would spend what seemed like endless hours throwing, catching, and fielding the balls the Dad would hit to us. But what we really wanted, what I think […]

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Preparing for Christ

“They shall beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks.” Wars and insurrections, persecutions, famines, and strife and tribulation. These are the images we have been seeing over the past few weeks in the readings presented for our consideration by Holy Mother Church, readings that describe the end of the world. But […]

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Giving Good Gifts

It feels good to be asked for things. While sometimes we might grow impatient with people who are constantly asking for something from us, there is a satisfaction in knowing that someone else needs you. We all have a psychological need to be relied upon. This is why parents delight in giving gifts to their […]

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