Prepare

As we quickly approach the season of Advent, you will notice several things that change around your household, and many others who celebrate Christmas with their families. Trees are put up; lights are strung, and baked goods and spirits are enjoyed amongst your social gatherings. People go shopping and buy many gifts for family and…

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Building Christ’s Body

Our Church literally depends on each one of us to be living in holiness. Whew, talk about a lot of pressure; however, it’s true. “Joined and held together by every supporting ligament, with the proper functioning of each part, brings about the Body’s growth and builds itself up in love.” (EPH 4:16) When we are…

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What Am I Working For?

“What profit has man from all the labor which he toils at under the sun?” In today’s readings, this verse really stood out to me. What do people really gain from all the hard work they do here on earth? It doesn’t matter if you’re a fool or if you’re very wise, ultimately everyone’s time…

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Worthy of the Kingdom

Whose Kingdom are you really serving? This was the point Jesus was trying to make to the religious leaders in today’s readings. They set out all of these rules and guidelines in the name of “leading people to the Kingdom”. However, Jesus points out that they were only really doing it for their own pride.…

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Feast Day of Saint Mary Magdalene

The Feast of Saint Mary Magdalene is a very special day, and she is a very prominent Saint whose impact is well known. In today’s readings, there are several texts that really stood out to me that I believe deserve attention. “So, whoever is in Christ is a new creation.” Mary Magdalene is a prime…

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Bearing Fruit

Bearing Fruit

Today’s Gospel of Matthew really draws me in to recognize the truth our Lord and Savior has placed in the scriptures for us to seek out. A line that really stood out to me is “Every tree that does not bear good fruit will be cut down.” Mt 7:15-20 Trimming, Pruning, Cutting Every year during…

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Living in True Peace

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give it to you. As I am blessed to write today’s reflection, one word stood out to me. The word is “peace.” Peace is something that we ask for in our prayers, but how often do we…

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Daily Revelations

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The end of Holy Week always leaves me with great pause on my life. It’s like a surge of energy that fuels me and ignites the fire I need to go deep and pick out the areas of my life where I need to let Jesus in more fully. As I read over today’s readings…

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Seventy-Seven Times

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A few Lenten seasons ago, our church handed out a book by Allen Hunt called, “Everybody Needs to Forgive Somebody.” I remembered staring at the teal blue book on my shelf for a long time, afraid to open it because I knew it would call out the inner grudge-holder in me. However, the title and…

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The Chair of Peter

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Today marks the Feast of the Chair of Saint Peter. Growing up, I thought it was kind of silly that we chose to celebrate a chair! It wasn’t until a priest in college took the time to explain this to his students that I finally understood the true importance and meaning of today’s feast. What…

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