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Lent is not meant to be easy

Lent reminds me of things that are difficult. Fasting, prayer and almsgiving are not meant to be easy; and I like to think of these sacrifices as chiseling us into people more like Jesus, more like the people we are meant to be. Forgiving others also isn’t easy, and I think it goes hand in ha...
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Thursday, March 01, 2018

Death's tragedy actually promises a beginning of life anew

By most accounts, death is tragic. It marks the end of our earthly lives; and depending on our beliefs, we may fear the unknown afterlife. A recent reading from the first chapter of 2 Samuel recounts the story of David mourning the deaths of Saul and Jonathan. The passage details his sorrow, especi...
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Thursday, February 22, 2018

Where do you find yourself?

Where do you find yourself? You’ve probably heard the popular advice that, to find out where your treasure is, look at how you spend your time. This advice is extremely useful; but for me, another metric is still more helpful, and it begins with a question. To find out who or what your God (or god) is, ask yourself: Whe...
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Thursday, February 15, 2018

Are you who you want to be?

Are you who you want to be?             As little kids, we dream about becoming adults and how exciting we think it will be. We can’t wait to drive fast cars and have our own house, and do whatever we want. It sounds so amazing, and we ju...
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Wednesday, February 07, 2018

Diversity is wonderful

Diversity is beautiful. Diversity can be difficult, but it is beautiful.   How can it not be? God created each place, living creature, and human being. Every grain of sand and mountain range and family are part of God’s creation, which together make the world a picture only the Lord can...
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Wednesday, January 31, 2018

How can our free will and God's plan coexist?

We are often told not to worry; that God has a plan, and he works in mysterious ways. But we also have the gift of free will, which can sometimes be a difficult concept to reconcile with the other. How can our free choices and God’s plan coexist? How can he have a plan that accounts for billi...
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Thursday, January 25, 2018

On Repeat

On Repeat There are two dimensions to a New Year’s resolution: forming a new habit, and breaking an old habit. Adding more greens to my diet implies cutting out some other, unhealthy element or elements. Exercising regularly implies taking time away from other pastimes that foster slothful behavior. In...
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Thursday, January 18, 2018

Devotion to Mary, the Mother of God

            On the first day of the New Year, the Catholic Church asks us to celebrate Mary the Mother of God. I believe that is because the Church recognizes the incredibly powerful role Mary plays as a mother to Christ and a mother to us. She...
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Thursday, January 11, 2018

What can one person do?

Making new year’s resolutions got me thinking not only of what I can do and change for myself and my own life, but also what I can do and how I can help the world around me. I sometimes find it overwhelming when I think of the many people in physical and emotional pain, the persecution of peo...
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Thursday, January 04, 2018

The real meaning of Advent

I remember the first time I started to understand the meaning of Advent. I was in Catholic elementary school; December thoughts bounced around my mind, and every single one of them was excitement for Christmas. I wondered what toys I would get. I was so eager to put ornaments on the tree, and I cou...
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Thursday, December 07, 2017