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Every Successful Journey Requires A Destination

Here in Michigan we say that there are two seasons of the year: winter, and road construction season. When the…

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Greatness Finds Us

One of the most important needs we have in life is to receive respect and esteem from others, no matter how high or lowly our position may be on the ladder of social importance. This is a good and legitimate need. Humility does not mean being a door-mat upon which others wipe their feet. But […]

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Chosen To Do God’s Will

“Hail, full of Grace, the Lord is with you,” that greeting that Gabriel gave to Mary is part of our Catholic DNA. We say it over and over when we recite the Hail Mary, “Hail Mary, full of Grace.” Perhaps we have heard this greeting so much, we have repeated it so often, that we […]

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Our Hope Is The Promise Of God

Dante Alighieri, simply known by us as Dante, was a major Italian poet of the Middle Ages. In his classic epic poem, The Divine Comedy, he has these words inscribed over the gates of Hell: Abandon all hope, ye who enter here. The damned, those who will live forever in hell, live with no hope […]

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Our Great Comfort

Thirteen years ago we were all in a funk. The Christmas season was beginning, the stores were offering all their bargains, but the people of the United States were still in a national shock and not in much of a mood for an oncoming celebration. The events of September 11, 2001, were in our minds […]

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A Love Only He Can Give

Throughout the 19th and part of the 20th centuries, before the invention of corrugated fiberboard boxes, manufacturers built sturdy wooden crates to ship their products to retailers. During the decades leading up to World War I, such boxes (absent the product, of course) could often be found on street corners where they became portable platforms for those […]

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Our Unfamiliarity With Kings

One day in 1863, during the height of the Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln was making one his frequent trips to a hospital for soldiers wounded in battle. As he walked from ward to ward, he offered cheerful and sympathetic words to all the men he saw; the fact that the President of the United […]

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There By Invitation: Part I

For years I’d wanted to work as a volunteer in Lourdes. I’d wanted to go there with an open heart and mind and to immerse myself in being a servant of Our Lady. I had even travelled to Lourdes with a pilgrimage group in order to explore the possibility and to see if I would […]

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Watch!

In the Gospel reading for this first Sunday of Advent, Jesus said, “Be watchful! Be alert!” (Mark 13:33) Those verses in the New American Bible are translated as, “Be Constantly on the watch! Stay Awake!” Jesus made this statement after outlining the events that would precede His return at the end of time. The obvious […]

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Advent: A Time Of Expectancy

Advent begins with us looking at the eventual end of the world. The passage in today’s Gospel account is taken from St. Mark’s (13:33-37) report of Jesus speaking to His disciples about the end of the world, telling them (and us) to be watchful and alert because we do now know when the Last Day […]

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