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My Hope is in the Lord!

My Hope is in the Lord! I am so grateful for my Catholic faith!  We live because Jesus lives! “Do you think I have come to bring peace on earth? No, I tell you, but rather division. For from now on there will be five in one household divided, three against two and two against three” (Luke 12:52). This pas...
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Wednesday, February 08, 2017

God has blessed America

God has blessed America How do you rationalize the spiritual and secular differences in your life?  Some people may believe that spiritual things mean more to God than worldly things.  This assumption could be concerning because most of our lives are spent at work, school, grocery stores and doing mundane things...
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Thursday, January 26, 2017

We are children of God

We are children of God Who is Jesus to you?     He is the most exceptional human ever born, as the Incarnation of God.  He is the only person whose birth was preannounced by an angel.  He was born in a stable in the city of Bethlehem, which means “House of Bread,” to a virgin named Mary &#...
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Thursday, January 12, 2017

The Gift Goes On...

The Gift Goes On... The Christmas Season is a time for presents and giving.  To know Christ is the perfect gift!  The reign of God empowers the world.  We must embody the work of Jesus so that we may accept Christ fully when He comes.  "For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son...
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Thursday, December 22, 2016

Advent through the eyes of Mary

Advent through the eyes of Mary The Blessed Virgin Mary gave us the greatest gift by accepting the honor of bringing God’s only Son into the world.  Imagine her anticipation during those days of uncertainty.  As the Mother of God she provides us with a great example of acceptance and love.  Mary found peace i...
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Thursday, December 08, 2016

A time of preparation

A time of preparation We are approaching a beautiful time of the liturgical year, the Advent season.  This time of expectation is about preparing for the “coming” of Jesus in the celebration of his birth.  It is a time filled with anticipation; as the Church makes present the expectancy of the Mess...
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Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Taking time for God

Taking time for God “For it is in giving that we receive.”  These words from the Prayer of St. Francis of Assisi are beautiful and true.  When our hearts and minds are set on Jesus, we understand how this message affects our lives.  We can never surpass the generosity of God; but in trying,...
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Friday, November 11, 2016

Defend the fullness of faith!

Defend the fullness of faith! “Here I am Lord, I have come to do your will.”  – Hebrews 10:9     I am very grateful to share my thoughts regularly in this column, “Gratitude for the Gift of Faith.”  I take this responsibility to prayer each time I sit down to write.  I ask...
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Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Be wise, and ask for God's guidance

Be wise, and ask for God's guidance We have a special jar in our home that we use for writing prayer intentions. The “prayer jar” contains appeals for our concerns, prayers of thanksgiving and hope for our needs.  Periodically, I go through the folded pieces of paper and reflect on the progress of our requests.  ...
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Thursday, October 13, 2016

It's not always about the numbers….

It's not always about the numbers…. We celebrate the milestones in our lives, and we get specific when it comes to numbers. The number of birthdays we celebrate, and the silver, golden, and diamond anniversaries. A jubilee is a celebration with rejoicing. In the Roman Catholic Church, a jubilee is an appointed year or period, ordinar...
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Thursday, September 22, 2016