Pope Francis

Surprised By God

Since 2013, Pope Francis has captivated the world with his remarkable display of discipleship.  And just when we think we’ve got him figured out, he surprises us again!  “Let us allow ourselves to be surprised by God,” were his words to the students at Santo Tomàs University in Manila, Philippines during his January pastoral visit […]

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Campus

Family Time

People say your kids are grown up and out of the house before you know it.  Some say it’s like the blink of an eye.  In some ways that is true, although any parent can agree that some years seem longer than others!  (Some of those teen years can seem really long!) But the point […]

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Unleashing Catholic Generosity

This is the first of 3 documents from The Notre Dame Institute for Church Life that provide important information for shaping the message of what we are offering in a Sustainable Offertory Campaign.  A quote from the first document: “Our results suggest that the American Catholic giving gap is, in part, a direct result of […]

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Eucharist

Everyday Stewardship: Fifth Sunday of Easter 2015

In The Life of a Christian Steward: A Reflection on the Logic of Commitment, published by the International Catholic Stewardship Council, one reads, “To be most effective in service to God and humankind, Christian stewardship must stem from the liturgical worship in the Church. Here one finds the supernatural motive, the word of faith, and […]

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Mobile Friendly

Is Your Website Mobile Friendly?

With more and more of the Internet traffic being on mobile devices, it is critically important that your church website be mobile friendly.  Remember, your website is a marketing and engagement tool.  It is how local Catholics, traveling Catholics, and anyone interested in finding a church can learn about your parish online.   Click here […]

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Transforming the World

For Sunday, May 3, 2015, 5th Sunday of Easter Resurrection has much more relevance to life than just the promise of more to come when we die! When the first disciples met the risen Lord not only did their understanding of Christ’s purpose become clear, but the way they conducted earthly business became transformed as well. […]

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Superhero

Superheroes

The next Avengers movie is almost here and superheroes in film and on TV seem to be taking over.  As a person who sometimes still feels like a little kid at heart, I personally love it. I was thinking there are people I encounter everyday that fit this description.  These people bear much resemblance to superheroes. Each […]

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Star Wars

Everyday Stewardship: Fourth Sunday of Easter 2015

Many will look at you and listen to what you have to say and actually wonder why you don’t wake up and conform to the world. It is not easy when you find yourself in the situation that you are the only intentional disciple in your neighborhood, at work, or even in your family. Click […]

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Good Shepherd

Shepherding Is Not Peaceful

Psalm 23 has always seemed to me to be the peaceful psalm. Its reading consoles those who are troubled. It gives hope to people who are downtrodden. It eases the grief of those who have lost a loved one. The statement that shepherding is anything but peaceful gave me reason to pause. Click here to read […]

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St. Joseph

God Don’t Make Junk

I believe that we must pray about what our gifts are from God and that we be guided by the Holy Spirit in how we use them. THAT is what will make us extraordinary! God would not make anything ordinary. Click here to read the full post

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Shepherding Is Not Peaceful

For Sunday, April 26, 2015, 4th Sunday of Easter I was recently reading a book review by Horatio Clare on the UK’s The Telegraph website about a recently published title, The Shepherd’s Life, by James Rebanks. I can’t say I really know a lot about sheep and shepherds. A few years back, I was traveling the […]

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Pope Francis and his growing litany of modern-day martyrs

By Elise Harris Vatican City, Apr 21, 2015 / 09:54 am (CNA/EWTN News). – Amid a torrent of recent news reports on persecuted Christians, Pope Francis reflected on those killed for their faith and said that these modern “Stephens” suffer as the Church’s first martyr did. “The Church today is a Church of martyrs: they […]

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