Not Peace?

As I reflected on today’s gospel reading, the line about “not peace but the sword” stood out. After I did research about what it exactly meant, I couldn’t shake the memory of an experience I had long forgotten. I am sure we could all tell each other many stories having to do with each part…

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Models of the Faith

Models of the Faith

I have a beautiful hard covered book called, 365 Days with the Saints: A Year of Wisdom from the Saints by Carol Kelly-Gangi. Admittedly, I did not know much more about Barnabas than what we hear at Mass. In this book, it says that Barnabas was given the name “Joseph” when he was born. The…

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Light of the World

Be the Light. It is the last thing I say to our children as they pile out of my huge van in the school carpool line each weekday morning. I do not exactly remember when I started saying, “Be the Light.” It seems like I have been saying it for as long as I can…

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The Tragedy with Judas

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Have you considered that Judas could have been a saint? Judas should have been a saint? “The great tragedy is that Judas might have been Saint Judas,” our pastor recently said in a homily. Today’s gospel reading brings us to the house of Mary, Martha, and Lazarus six days before Passover. It is the last…

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Don’t Give Up

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Sin. Sin results in death. Turning away from sin and occasions of sin. Anger. Saving your life. Forgiveness. Fear of the Lord. Hope. Mercy. Reconciliation. Today’s readings are packed with wisdom and advice for obtaining eternal salvation. “Have I any pleasure in the death of the wicked?” says the Lord, “and not rather that he…

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Hear My Voice

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In the Psalm today the Lord says, “I am the Lord, your God: hear my voice.” This got me thinking about prayer and how we hear God’s voice. I wondered if God speaks to us similarly or if we all have unique experiences. I concluded it is probably a little of both. I hear God’s…

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Pour Out Your Prayer

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Have you ever cried out to the Lord in such desperation, quite literally on your knees because you are too weak to do otherwise? In today’s first reading Hannah is pouring out her troubles to the Lord in such a way that Eli thinks she is drunk. She is so desperate to have a son.…

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Halfway Through Advent

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For many years we went all out during Advent. We did all the crafts with our children, celebrated every Feast Day in December with a big to do. A Jesse tree adorned with home-made ornaments sat atop the dining table, a manger in which the children had to fill with hay by doing kind deeds.…

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St. Martin of Tours

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Today we celebrate the Feast of St. Martin of Tours. St. Martin lived in the fourth century and followed his father’s footsteps in becoming a Roman soldier. Interestingly, his parents were pagans. There is a story that St. Martin came upon a beggar who was nearly naked in the freezing cold weather. Martin cut his…

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The Grace of Apostleship

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Last night I had an incredible opportunity to attend an event hosted by a conservative Christian non-partisan, lobbying organization group that is firm on defending the values of traditional family, life at conception, and religious freedom. My mind is still spinning from the energy and passion the guest speakers spoke with at the event. I…

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