A Call Away from Indifference

The inconvenience, discomfort, sadness, and pain we may feel if we open our hearts and pay attention to what is happening in and to the world around us are the only real antidote to indifference, because those feelings should call us to action.

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When Our Own Hour Comes

We parents know that it’s tricky, tackling the topic of fear with our kids. We want them to know that it’s okay to be scared, that it’s something we all feel. Jesus seems to be the parent who is gently broaching the topic of fear with his children.

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5 Reasons Your Parishioners Aren’t Giving on a Regular Basis

It’s an ongoing problem for all Catholic parishes: financial stewardship. Here are some common reasons why even faithful churchgoers aren’t giving to their parish on a regular basis.

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Encounter Christ

Spiritual and Religious

The truly spiritual person will follow Jesus even to the cross. The person with genuine insight into spiritual matters realizes that Jesus cannot be separated from his cross nor can eternal life be separated from death to self.

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Awake, O Sleeper!

Sometimes it seems, when reading through Scripture, that all throughout salvation history, God has been trying to pull back the curtains, to rouse us from our defiant slumber. And we resist Him. Time and time again, we resist Him.

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How to Invite your Parishioners (Safely) Back to Mass

Whether your parish has begun holding public Mass again or is still in the planning stages, the reality for many churches is that turnout is lower than expected. Here are some things to consider that may help your parishioners feel welcomed, safe, and encouraged to return.

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A Promise of Healing and Salvation

We know that we all have a “rebellious lower nature” inside of us, an instinctual impulse towards mediocrity, hedonistic pleasure, self-justification, etc. When we give ourselves the chance, we recognize that our character flaws control us more than we prefer.

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Parents Just Don’t Understand

As we grow up, it is sometimes a struggle for us to imagine that our parents understand us. It can seem impossible that Mom and Dad remember the stress of exam week or peer pressure. We’re often the same way about God. We gripe about what He asks of us.

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4 Reasons Why First Time Guests Are Not Joining Your Church

People are more willing than ever to attend churches further away if it means their spiritual needs are being met. If you find yourself with a revolving door parish, here are four things to consider that help first-time visitors become life-long members.

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When Sacrifice Becomes Mundane

But by now, these Lenten resolutions are no longer novelties — they’ve joined the ranks of everyday inconveniences, which somehow are the hardest to bear. Because transformation, in real life, happens in inches, just as a battle is won slowly.

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Our Heart is Restless

Freedom in God’s Commands

In this culture of faux freedoms, God is calling us back to Himself. We are free to choose to follow Him or not, but we are not free to choose the consequence of that choice. Only in choosing to follow Christ do our hearts find the answer to our deepest longings.

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4 Social Media Trends to Watch in 2021

As we delve into 2021, most of us are experiencing social media burnout. So, where does that leave parishes that have been using social media to communicate? At a crossroads. Here are four social media trends parishes should watch for this year.

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