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Stations of the Cross with Saint Therese

The Stations of the Cross are a beautiful Lenten tradition. This devotion allows us to walk with Jesus towards calvary, reflecting on how we can “take up your cross and follow Him.” During my time in religious life, we prayed the Stations of the Cross every Friday and I grew to love the practice of…

Death: Are You Prepared for the end, of life and of the world?

I learned several things about my Grandpa after he died. Most importantly, he was prepared. Although his death seemed sudden to us, he had everything in order. In the months before his death he worked harder than his heart could take. He must have had a premonition. He was a few years older than my…

Christ the King: King of Hearts, King of the Universe

Praise be to Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe! The Feast of Christ the King, which we celebrate today, is a fairly recent addition to the liturgical calendar.  It was established by Pope Pius XI in 1925.  The encyclical Quas Primas (On the Feast of Christ the King), explains the reasons for establishing…

Heaven: its a party you don't want to miss! Come to the Wedding Feast.

Everyone has their own concept of heaven. What do the scriptures tell us awaits for us in the afterlife? A Wedding Feast! The Father has prepared a wedding banquet with food and drink that satisfies our deepest hunger.  The Father begs us to come to the feast.  He has prepared the choicest food and has…

He Bears Us on His Sacred Heart

Breastplate of high priestAmidst the lengthy chronologies and Lord of the Rings-esque descriptions, there are gems to be found in the Old Testament (pun intended).  One example of this is God’s directions for building the tabernacle, which are incredibly intricate.  It is meant to be modeled after the heavenly kingdom, so there is a goldmine of symbolism to be found in everything that God commanded Moses to build.

Those Crazy Catholics Are At It Again: Marian Consecration

As Catholics we do some pretty weird things.  We eat flesh and blood as the central act of our worship.  We venerate the body parts of Holy people.   We walk around one day a year with ashes on our foreheads. But the thing that most non-Catholics do not get is our love for Mary.…

Freedom: what is it and are we living it?

Freedom has become such an ideal that it is almost idolized. Have we lost sight of freedom’s true meaning? Tomorrow we celebrate Independence Day.  I would like to offer you some points to meditate on while preparing for this holiday.
In light of our unhealthy obsession with autonomy and individualism, why are we celebrating independence and division?

Do not be afraid: learning to trust in God

“…Fear no one…do not be afraid…so do not be afraid…” We get it Jesus! He tells us not to fear 3 times in 7 verses and this is just a small taste of how many times some version of “do not by afraid” appears in scripture. Why? What are we so afraid of? The same…

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