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In the Company of Witnesses

  I became a Christian at age 17. I didn’t go to church growing up and really knew very little about Jesus. That is, until I met a girl whom I liked quite a bit. When I finally mustered the courage to call and ask her on a date, she told me that she would […]

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Leisure

Everyday Stewardship: God’s Gift of Leisure

When we take time to include “inactivity” into our daily life and into our year, we acknowledge that we are not the sum of our career, job, schoolwork, or even parenting. We have been given more by God and sometimes the only way to experience the richness of those gifts is to take a break […]

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Eucharistic Presence

For Sunday, June 7, 2015, The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ Our first reading this weekend from the Book of Exodus makes a very bold and confident statement of faith. “All that the LORD has said, we will heed and do.” People of faith must constantly be reminded of what God says and […]

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Grass

Cutting the Grass Again

We are not like grass. We do not grow without a decision to do so. The grass receives water from the clouds, sunlight from a far off star, and the occasional fertilizer from yours truly, but it still never makes a decision to grow. It just does. You and I have to decide to grow, […]

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Seeds

Lavishly Sowing Seeds

We all know sowing is the process of planting seeds. Jesus tells of the sower – some seeds fell on the path, on rocky ground, some among thorns and some on rich soil. We are also aware that the seed Jesus refers to in the parable is the Word of God. A sower might be […]

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Everyday Stewardship

I collect smiley faces. The crown jewels of my collection are Harvey Ball autographed smileys and McCoy pottery smileys. When I started my collection, I looked for the McCoy symbol on each pottery piece, to verify it was a “real McCoy.” The stamp of the symbol told me that it had been made in the […]

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Everyday Stewardship: Most Holy Trinity 2015

A good steward should cherish everything and everyone around them, and treat all of it with great care and compassion. Even our belongings and resources used to co-create with God all bear the His mark. Click here to read the full post

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Jesus crying

A Glimpse of Heaven

Christian community is always strongest in the face of tragedy. We can easily say that it is unfortunate that we can’t all come together as strong when times are good. But deep down, we don’t really believe that. In fact, it is precisely at the toughest times we want and we need community in Jesus […]

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Father, Brother, and Spirit

For Sunday, May 31, 2015, The Most Holy Trinity Are you ready for months and months of presidential candidate news, speeches, and controversies? The next presidential election is over a year away, but already the Internet, television, and print media are filled with information about all those who aspire to be arguably the most powerful person on planet Earth. […]

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Oscar Romero

God’s Microphones

Working in a parish offers me the privilege of walking side by side with some of the most heroic and faithful people I have encountered.  These people do not have a platform or a pulpit.  They are those who in the midst of tragedy, pain, and the hard daily grind of providing for their family, […]

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Adrian Chiles, BBC

What I learnt from 46 consecutive days in church

Broadcaster and recent Catholic convert Adrian Chiles recently set himself a challenge to go to church every day for more than a month, and never the same one twice. Most of us will never have this kind of opportunity, but Chiles’ insights, reflections, and images speak to every one of us who have ever sat in […]

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Everyday Stewardship

My oldest son was having a tougher time than expected in his first year of college. In high school he expected to get As and be one of the smarter kids in the class. Now, he was at a school where everyone came from a similar experience in high school, and he found himself pretty […]

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