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The Inescapable Poorness

February 20, AD 2017 3 Comments
The Inescapable Poorness

I remember I was walking down the hall one Sunday afternoon, after a very hectic lunch. On the third floor of the Mullen Home for the Elderly in Denver, Colorado, naptime had commenced for most of the residents. The sisters were most likely at lunch and recreation; a time that was, for them, short and […]

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Living at the Ends of the Earth

August 19, AD 2015 0 Comments
Living at the Ends of the Earth

…holiness isn’t dependent on where you are, but rather who you are and how you respond to where God put you…

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The Power of an Invitation // Do the Incredible

May 25, AD 2015 1 Comment
The Power of an Invitation // Do the Incredible

As I watch this video, I wonder how many men are bored with their lives. I remember I was. I was still in the Air Force, hungry for something more, but I didn’t know what it was. I wanted my life to mean something. I think all men want to do something great with their […]

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A Conversion of Individuals

September 24, AD 2014 3 Comments
A Conversion of Individuals

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

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

September 3, AD 2014 3 Comments
Pope Francis’ Missionary Impulse: a Transformation I Didn’t Want

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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Wake Up, The Glory of the Martyrs Shines Upon You!

August 25, AD 2014 3 Comments
Wake Up, The Glory of the Martyrs Shines Upon You!

In his moving novel, Silence, Japanese-Catholic author Shusako Endo once described the continent of Asia as a “swamp” that choked the sapling of the Gospel and made it uninhabitable for Christianity. That image has always haunted me because a part of my own journey — as a convert to Christianity from Buddhism — has been to […]

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Pope Francis’ Dream for the Church: What Would Happen!

August 4, AD 2014 4 Comments
Pope Francis’ Dream for the Church: What Would Happen!

So apparently I am not the only one who loves Pope Francis! Of course it is one thing to like someone and another thing to follow them and what they ask of you! I was very blessed that his monthly evangelization intention for the month of July was for the laity, serving around the world […]

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Catholic Youth, Unite! Part III

March 27, AD 2014 1 Comment
Catholic Youth, Unite! Part III

As I’ve discussed in the first two parts of this series, Pope Francis has made it clear that he wants to see the Catholic youth mobilized, spreading the Gospel, and bringing the truth of the Church to the world. So far I’ve discussed two ways the youth can answer the Pope’s call: through being active […]

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Why I Don’t See the New Evangelization Coming to Much Anytime Soon

December 25, AD 2013 7 Comments
Why I Don’t See the New Evangelization Coming to Much Anytime Soon

Flecte quod est rigidum. I write inspirational quotes on the dry-erase board in the servers’ sacristy at my parish in illuminated calligraphy whenever I have occasion to go in there. For the Feast of the Nativity, I wrote,“Venite, adoremus.” I am told that a lector, noticing that I had done this, objected to this text […]

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Cardinal Dolan, Can You Please Clarify?

December 4, AD 2013 8 Comments
Cardinal Dolan, Can You Please Clarify?

So I have to admit I’m pretty confused about something one of the leaders of the Church recently said. It seems to be the thing to do lately, so I might as well hop on the bandwagon. I’m not mad about something Pope Francis said, though. I know he’s been in the press a lot […]

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How to be a Missionary From Your Living Room

October 20, AD 2013 2 Comments
How to be a Missionary From Your Living Room

Most of us will never go to a foreign land to spread the gospel. We just don’t have the support to drop everything and travel half-way around the world. We put our money in the basket at the second collection on World Missions Sunday but we never see where that money is going. We never […]

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True Mission or a “Poverty Vacation:” Are Mission Trips a Waste of Money?

October 17, AD 2013 10 Comments
True Mission or a “Poverty Vacation:” Are Mission Trips a Waste of Money?

By James Franke I’ve heard the argument a hundred times, phrased a hundred different ways. It all boils down to the same basic mentality: short term mission trips, those eight to ten day “poverty vacations” are nothing more than a waste of time and money used to make students, young adults, and families sacrifice one […]

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