Come Holy Spirit

The Messiah Is in Our Midst

Each of us has received that fire of the Spirit through Baptism and Confirmation. The same Holy Spirit who came down upon Jesus was given to us. It is a Spirit that leads us out of fear and slavery into freedom.

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4 Tips for Keeping Your Social Media Followers Engaged

Social media algorithms are tricky. Some days, it may appear as though you cracked the code with a large number of impressions, but then the following week, you get five views on your most popular weekly feature — what gives?

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Open The Treasure

Give Your Best Gifts to Christ

Oftentimes, the very best of what I have to offer the Christ Child is not always noteworthy. Instead of gold, frankincense and myrrh, I have aspirations of self-promotion, selfishness of appeasing my desire for pleasure and comfort and negative speech and thought patterns. None of these seem appropriate for the baby.

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The Other Wise Man

Jesus himself rests in the lives of all those around us in need. If we live lives of generosity and graciousness, we may find ourselves on constant detours from the road on which we are traveling. It is in the detours and the unexpected circumstances of our journey that often times we find our true purpose in life.

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Four Ways to Turn Visitors into Members

People look for parishes that feed them spiritually — inspiring homilies with practical applications, music that speaks to the heart, and a strong connection to the sacraments, especially that of Reconciliation and the Eucharist. What impression will a visitor have of your parish?

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Unite Our Family

Mirror the Love of the Holy Family

For familial love on this earth to be authentic, it ought to mirror the love of God as much as it can. Our meditation and measure for that is the Holy Family, whose feast we celebrate this weekend.

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Daily Advent Challenge Dec. 24

Monday of Fourth Week of Advent & Christmas Eve

May God bless you with abundance in 2019. Be generous to everyone. And in your stewardship, you will surely find your joy and your God!

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Daily Advent Challenge Dec. 23

Fourth Sunday of Advent

Spend an extra 15 minutes in prayer for all those who will be alone this year. Pray that a good steward will give of themselves to ease the pain of solitude and loneliness.

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Daily Advent Challenge Dec. 22

Saturday of the Third Week of Advent

Christmas is just three days from now! Your challenge is to slow down, take some time to relax, pray, and offer yourself to God.

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Seeing Each Other With Faith’s Eyes

When Elizabeth was visited by Mary, her joy was overwhelming. Do we greet one another with this joy? Would we do so if we saw each other through God’s eyes instead of our own?

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Daily Advent Challenge Dec. 21

Friday of the Third Week of Advent

If you bake or cook, make something for someone as a gesture of hospitality. If you don’t do either, invite them out to lunch or dinner. (It does not have to be expensive!)

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Five Ways to Encourage Young Families in the Faith

You see them at your parish every Sunday: young parents struggling to teach the faith to their children. They’re here. They’re trying, but they need our help.

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