December 11th – Second Friday of Advent

Today’s Gospel “The Lord will come; go out to meet him!” (Gospel Acclamation) Daily Advent Reflection Advent is a season when we wait; when we have a chance to connect with our expectancy. We are confident that the Lord will come. Our challenge is to have the courage to go out to meet him. We […]

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Two Coats

Pope Francis began this Jubilee Year of Mercy because, as he has stated, “mercy is the beating heart of the Gospel.” He states that the purpose of the year is to “reach everyone, both believers and those far away, as a sign that the kingdom of God is already present in our midst.” This is a […]

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December 10th – Second Thursday of Advent

Today’s Gospel “Whoever has ears ought to hear, (Matthew 11:15).” Daily Advent Reflection We all live in the knowledge that Jesus did come. Do we have ears to listen? We have the capacity to be the listening ears of Christ – to be co-workers with God in the building of the Kingdom. Sit with that […]

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December 9th – Second Wednesday of Advent

Today’s Gospel “’Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest,’ (Matthew 11:28).” Daily Advent Reflection This can be a mad time of year – and even if we are not preparing for lots of visitors at Christmas, we are aware that there is lots of busy-ness and focus […]

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It’s the Year of Mercy! Step Into the Mess

Current news is filled with many definitions of mercy but the definition that resonates with me the most is attributed to Jesuit Priest, Father James F. Keenan. He says that mercy is the willingness to enter into the chaos of another.  That means to step into someone’s messy life to offer love, support, prayer, whatever. […]

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Three Things You Can Do to Celebrate the Jubilee Year of Mercy

Pope Francis ushered in the Jubilee Year of Mercy today by pushing open the great bronze doors of St. Peter’s Basilica and declaring that mercy trumps moralizing in the Catholic Church. Over the next year, an expected ten million pilgrims will make their way through those doors and cathedrals across the country will celebrate God’s […]

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Photo © Reuters. Pope Francis blesses children during his visit to the Central African Republic.

Shout for Joy

For Sunday, December 13, 2015, 3rd Sunday of Advent This weekend the church celebrates Gaudete (Rejoice) Sunday. Our Advent themes of expectation and hope are quickly turning into the anticipated joy that meeting Christ will bring. Merriam-Webster defines joy as “the emotion evoked by well-being, success, or good fortune or by the prospect of possessing what […]

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Mary, Mercy, & Me

And so it begins! Today, on this feast of the Immaculate Conception, the Jubilee Year of Mercy begins. Anything you need to know about this much-anticipated year can be found at GetFed, a service of the Catholic Company. Today is just the start of a year of prayer, devotion, special events, and of course, mercy. Click […]

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December 8th – Second Tuesday of Advent

Today’s Gospel “Mary said, ‘Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word,’ (Luke 1:38).” Daily Advent Reflection Today is the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. It reminds us of how Mary said “Yes” to God despite the consequences of this “Yes” and how people would respond […]

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December 7th – Second Monday of Advent

Today’s Gospel “Which is easier, to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Rise and walk’?,” (Luke 5:23). Daily Advent Reflection In this well-known story, a paralyzed man is lowered through a roof because a large crowd has gathered in front of Jesus making it impossible for the man to get through to see Him. […]

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Batman Rosary

Community Spotlight: Batman Rosary Signals Prayer In A Dark Night

If Batman were Catholic, you’d no doubt find this in his utility belt. However, this Batman-themed Rosary can be found on the wall of the cafeteria of St. Pius X Catholic School in Greensboro, NC. The Rosary was designed for graduate, Matthew Basel. Matthew was recently diagnosed with cancer- Ewing’s Sarcoma. Matthew is now a […]

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Remembering Our Brothers and Sisters in San Bernardino

This past Wednesday, our brothers and sisters in San Bernardino endured an unspeakable tragedy and so many innocent lives were cut short. In response, LPi created a free bulletin cover so that any church who wanted to could honor those fallen in thoughts and prayer. The Cathedral of Our Lady of the Rosary in Duluth, MN, […]

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