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In His Gentleness, We Find Peace

One of Aesop’s Fables tells of a contest between the wind and the sun, who wanted to see which one was the stronger. A man was walking along a deserted road, and the sun said to the wind, “Whoever can make that man remove his coat will be the winner.” The wind agreed, and decided […]

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Jesus’ Promise Of Final Victory

Once there was a funeral for a man named Glenn—a recovered alcoholic. A passage from 2 Timothy (4:6-8, 17-18) was read at his funeral, and it seemed very appropriate because of the words, “I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” Those who knew Glenn also smiled at St. Paul’s words, “I am […]

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Jesus’ Words Are A Promise, Challenge, And Invitation

Over a century ago two Catholic university students had a serious discussion on death and the afterlife. They believed what the Church taught on judgment and eternity, but being young and curious, they still had questions—and so they made a solemn pact: if God would allow it, the one who died first would appear to […]

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Responding to God’s Love

Once upon a time, a saintly hermit and his young disciple were building a simple house for themselves alongside a river. However, at one point when the young man swung his ax, the head came loose from the handle, flew into the river, and sank out of sight. The disciple cried out in dismay—for not […]

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When We Open Ourselves To God’s Spirit, Great Things Can Happen

Years ago a woman bought a ticket to a concert by the great Polish pianist Ignace Paderewski; she took along her five-year-old son, hoping the experience would encourage him in his own beginning piano lessons. Their seats were in the very first row, and they arrived early. The mother saw an old friend, and became […]

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Holiness, Happiness, And The Marital Covenant

A newly-engaged couple, Stuart and Jill, were picking out the bride’s engagement ring. Jill had always imagined this would be a magical, romantic moment—but the reality was somewhat less enchanting than she had anticipated. Both were very busy with work and other responsibilities, so they were forced to meet at a downtown jeweler’s during rush […]

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True Discipleship Is Always Worth The Price

John Quincy Adams, the sixth president of the United States, served one relatively unsuccessful term as chief executive, but afterwards won distinction as a congressman from Massachusetts for many years. One day, at the age of eighty, he was shuffling along outside his home when a neighbor greeted him by asking, “And how is Mr. […]

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Standing For The Truth

A Christian evangelist was trying to help a young man from Sweden named Andreas accept Jesus as his Savior. Andreas said, “I’ve been told that if I decide to follow Jesus, He will reward me by giving me many blessings and meeting all my material needs, making my life easy and good and happy.” (This […]

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Readying Ourselves For Heaven

Chances are many of you have seen, or at least heard about, a movie currently playing called Heaven Is For Real. It’s based on the true story of a boy named Colton who supposedly had a life-after-death experience while undergoing emergency surgery; afterwards, using simple language and images, he claimed to have seen angels and […]

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Regarding Shepherds and Vocations

I recently turned 59, and in my lifetime there have been some truly remarkable popes, or chief shepherds of the Church. I was born near the end of the lengthy reign of Pope Pius XII, a great but somewhat under-appreciated leader who led the Church during the terrible years of World War II. His successor, […]

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