Category: Religion

Beware what Crosses the Jordan

Beware what Crosses the Jordan

[ 1 ] September 28, AD 2014 |

The following was a reflection I prepared for my prayer group, but I am also indebted to them for some of the insights that followed. The following Scripture, from Joshua 7:1-9, sets the stage for this reflection. But the Israelites acted treacherously with regard to the ban; Achan, son of Carmi, son of Zabdi, son […]

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Spiritual Biology – The Sacred Heart

Spiritual Biology – The Sacred Heart

[ 1 ] September 26, AD 2014 |

The human body is an amazing and very fascinating creation. Each organ has its purpose. Every fiber works toward a succinct system, or group of systems, that compose “life.” There is an anonymous quote that states, “No one can whistle a symphony; it takes an orchestra to play it.” In a way, our bodies are […]

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A Conversion of Individuals

A Conversion of Individuals

[ 3 ] September 24, AD 2014 |

Christ spent 3 years forming 12 men. Those men went on to change the world.

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The Absurdity of Divine Love

The Absurdity of Divine Love

[ 3 ] September 23, AD 2014 |

“God was made man…If I could love a leper’s sores, couldn’t I love the boringness of Henry? But I’d turn from the leper if he were here, I suppose…I want the dramatic always. I imagine I’m ready for the pain of Your nails, and I can’t stand twenty-four hours of maps and Michelin guides. Dear […]

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It’s OK to be Bored

It’s OK to be Bored

[ 0 ] September 21, AD 2014 |

There is a growing nemesis in the world today: Boredom. I’m bored, accompanied by a pathetic sigh, is something every parent, teacher, minister, or anyone, really, hates to hear. Boredom has inspired toy designers to figure out ways to occupy children, advertisers to write perfectly, entertaining commercials to keep viewers attention, teachers to plan elaborate lessons, […]

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Celebrate Mediocrity

Celebrate Mediocrity

[ 0 ] September 17, AD 2014 |

It is a dog-eat-dog world out there. And I wonder, how much do we let this affect our spiritual lives? Every TV show from Biggest Loser to Master Chef is about competition, elimination and working hard toward the goal. Jesus also says “So be perfect, just as your heavenly Father is perfect” (Matt 5:48), so […]

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Faith and Mystery

Faith and Mystery

[ 2 ] September 16, AD 2014 |

“The things which we Christians embrace by divine faith, and which are not to be received except by divine faith, are humanly incredible. They are incredible for two reasons, two reasons paradoxically opposed: first, because they are so far above us, because they make it plain that God is remote, infinite, and mysterious beyond all […]

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The Votive Candles

The Votive Candles

[ 2 ] September 14, AD 2014 |

An elderly woman stands at the votive candle area and lights eight large candles. She says a prayer and then finds her place in the pew. On exiting the Church, a young girl, no more than ten years old, lights a small candle with her dad watching on. Her dad told her to say a […]

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The Cry of the Poor

The Cry of the Poor

[ 5 ] September 12, AD 2014 |

Warning: This article deals with infant death and parent grief. Recently Travis and I found ourselves at the hospital at the orthopedic surgeon’s office again. This time with a two day old baby whose left foot was twisted and deformed and needed to be set in a plaster cast. While there we met a little girl […]

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ISIS, Just War, and the Words of Pope Francis

ISIS, Just War, and the Words of Pope Francis

[ 1 ] September 10, AD 2014 |

Christians have a complicated relationship with violence. Our founder (Christ) died by violence in absolute meekness—living out to the extreme his teaching that when confronted with violence we must “turn the other cheek” (Matthew 5:39). Jesus taught us “Blessed are the Peace Makers” (Matthew 5:9) and we hail him as the Prince of Peace (cf. […]

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Mary and Litanies and Titles, Oh My!

Mary and Litanies and Titles, Oh My!

[ 2 ] September 9, AD 2014 |

My niece sent me a text the other day that said, ‘Thanks auntie.’ Auntie. It’s a title that I carry with such pride. One of the greatest joys in my life is being able to help mold the character of my nieces and nephews. Each of us hold different titles. From mother to father, sister, brother, […]

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Now, Make Your Act of Contrition

Now, Make Your Act of Contrition

[ 3 ] September 8, AD 2014 |

My God, I am sorry for my sins with all my heart. In choosing to do wrong and failing to do good, I have sinned against you, whom I should love above all things. I firmly resolve, with Your help, to do penance, to sin no more, and to avoid whatever leads me to sin. […]

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The Field Hospital Church? Maybe Not.

The Field Hospital Church? Maybe Not.

[ 5 ] September 7, AD 2014 |

Healing Wounds Begins With Radical Love It’s a beautiful Autumn Sunday morning at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church. The homily is over, the Creed has been professed, and the reader is nearly done with the prayers of the faithful. He gets to the fourth prayer, when he reads, “For women who have had suffered through the […]

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Calvinism vs the Sacred Heart of Jesus

Calvinism vs the Sacred Heart of Jesus

[ 2 ] September 6, AD 2014 |

Calvinism is a Protestant theological system based on the writings of John Calvin (1509 – 1564), a Protestant Reformer most famously associated with Geneva. Calvin was brilliant, harsh and very persuasive. Calvinism almost killed my faith in Jesus. Like all good heresies, Calvinism is an intellectually coherent theological system that ultimately destroys the heart of Christianity. It starts […]

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Free Will and the Little Way

Free Will and the Little Way

[ 3 ] September 4, AD 2014 |

This weekend, for the first time in a while, we didn’t have anything scheduled on Saturday.  To take advantage of that, my wife and I planned a cheap outing with our children. I made peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, we packed some snacks, and went out for the day. Our itinerary included a trip to […]

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Pope Francis’ Missionary Impulse: a Transformation I Didn’t Want

Pope Francis’ Missionary Impulse: a Transformation I Didn’t Want

[ 3 ] September 3, AD 2014 |

By Sarah Summers Granger “I dream of a missionary impulse capable of transforming everything.” – Pope Francis Ten years ago, I didn’t want a transformative impulse. I wanted stability, peace, a small dose of the Holy Spirit – just enough to keep me on the straight and narrow. After all kinds of turmoil in my […]

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