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Does Jesus Come First In Our Lives?

Several hundred years ago in England, there was a wealthy couple who owned a large castle and had many servants. Their only daughter was used to being the center of attention, and was in fact a bit spoiled. Just after she turned eighteen, her parents died, and she inherited the family estate. The young woman […]

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Are We Exempt From Divine Justice?

Before the invention of banks, many people hid money and other valuables by burying them. There were once two wealthy brothers who shared the same house; when war broke out, and their town was in danger of being plundered by the enemy, they gathered together all their jewels and coins in a large bag. Then, […]

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A Pro-Life Litany

One Catholic form of prayer is a litany, in which one phrase is repeated over and over again so that those praying it are caught up in the prayer itself. This Pro-Life Litany we’re about to pray combines both general ideas and specific intentions appropriate for us here today. Please repeat: Lord, have mercy . . […]

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A Pro-Life Hymn

PRO-LIFE HYMN (Melody: Humbly We Adore Thee) (1) Father and Creator: Our souls are Your own. For our sins against life, We wish to atone. You cherish each unborn child, And bestow a soul; Help us make a pro-life world Our undying goal. (2) Out of nothing You made All that does exist; On the value of each […]

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Becoming A Christian

For some people, appearances are more important than reality. About twenty years ago, for instance, the nation of Italy passed a law requiring all motorists to wear seat belts when driving their cars. Italy is known for having many independent, aggressive drivers, so the new law didn’t go over very well; however, it did provide […]

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Through The Cross, Our Lives Become Victorious

Once there was a young woman who, upon leaving home, ignored her religious upbringing and lived a wild and immoral life—until she was diagnosed with a fatal disease. Far from home, with no one else to turn to, she spent her last few weeks in a hospital run by Catholic nuns, and she was constantly […]

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We Owe Our Love To One Another

Several centuries ago it was quite common for gentlemen to settle their serious arguments or disputes by having a duel. Even though the Church had condemned dueling, and many governments had outlawed it, members of the military and the aristocracy often insisted upon this way of upholding their honor when they were insulted, and the […]

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Transforming Grace

Some years ago a Christian in India named Sundar was walking with a Buddhist monk on a mountain trail high in the Himalayas. It was late afternoon, and growing very cold; the monk warned him that if they did not reach their destination, a Buddhist monastery, by nightfall, they were in real danger of freezing […]

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A Rock That Will Last Until The End Of Time

Once there was an American tourist traveling on a European steamship; the vessel set out into the Mediterranean Sea from the French port of Marseilles. On the second day of the journey, a huge black mountain seemed to rise up from the sea, and the tourist asked a member of the crew, “What’s that?” The […]

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Jesus Calls Us To A Higher Standard

A young woman named Jill had been dating her boyfriend Tom for several months, and they had become very close; in fact, the two of them were seriously discussing marriage, and even considered themselves engaged to be engaged. There was one hitch, however: Jill hadn’t yet met Tom’s parents. They’d been putting this off, for […]

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