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There By Invitation: Part III

There were diverse trials during this journey, but I do not talk about them to gain sympathy. I mention them because they were an integral part of the experience. They were the fodder for growth, for learning to trust, and for learning to accept that I am not in charge. Without the trials, I might […]

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There By Invitation: Part II

The nine-hour flight to Frankfurt was pleasant and the time passed quickly. I slept through about half of it. While I was awake, I watched a couple of movies and I ate. I thought the meals were pretty decent for airlines food, and the attendants came by regularly with water, coffee, and other drinks. When […]

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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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The New “Black Friday”

What is the old saying “money talks.” For whatever reasons, and there are many, eleven of the country’s largest retailers will open on Thanksgiving. Some of these retailers will open as early as 5:00 PM on Thanksgiving and stay open continuously until late evening the following day, Black Friday. Many retailers aren’t exactly thrilled about […]

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Absolute Insanity

A Michigan woman has been convicted of murdering her two week old baby. Prosecutors say Chaliette Stalling slammed her baby’s head with force in four locations. An autopsy ruled the death homicide by blunt-force trauma to the head. By law, this murder conviction could have been avoided and her actions deemed legal had she elected to have an […]

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Long Live Christ the King!

November 23, 1927. The dirty walls of the place of execution resounded with the shout, “Viva Cristo Rey! Long Live Christ the King!” And Blessed Miguel Pro completed his life, his arms held out wide in the form of a cross. His shout was the defiant cry of the Cristeros, the Catholics of Mexico who […]

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The Denigration of Women, Part II

After illustrating the historical denigration of women from ancient times in virtually every culture and religion, Part I of this essay ended with this sentence: What can be done to correct this historic injustice? In this essay, I will focus on the questions the issue raises for Christians, more specifically for Catholics, whose Church is […]

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God Entrusts Many Gifts To Us

Once upon a time there was a good and wise king, much loved by his people and truly concerned for their well-being. One day he called together his three daughters and said, “I wish to go off and spend much time in prayer and learn more about God; in my absence, the three of you […]

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