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4 Ways I Struggle in My Goal:
Becoming a Saint 

Jesus gives us all the goal of becoming a saint. Our human struggles, however, can prevent us from accomplishing this. What are the struggles and how can they be overcome?

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Are We Singing Heresy?

I sometimes wonder if I am the only one who is weary of church songs, masquerading as hymns. When they portray something other than Church teaching they can even approach heresy. It seems that musicians, fancying themselves composers, have been humored to the detriment of congregational participation. Often, we are left with what amounts to a roller coaster ride up...

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Developmental Milestones:
10 Amazing Facts About the Unborn

By now most of us are aware of the horrific undercover videos of Planned Parenthood employees engaged in baby body part trafficking. In light of these videos I wanted to take you on a brief journey into the amazing world of the unborn. As truly innocent children of God, these little ones are miracles of God’s creation. The perfection their...

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The Secret Effect You Have on Others

Seventeenth Century poet, John Donne, famously quipped “No man is an island” in his poem of the same name. Like the ripples in a pond after a stone is thrown, our actions continue on – even after our part has been done. While it is easy to feel as though we are the only ones impacted by what we do, that...

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Fathers Day Without Dad

Smiling childhood photos with Dad and tributes to him are filling social media as we head into Fathers Day weekend. Yet sometimes the ideal set forth by a day of celebration is not reflected in your personal reality. The picture perfect vision of a Dad, standing by you from the moment of your birth may not be a part of...

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Patience – I Need It Now!

Patience is not one of my strong suits. Considering that one of my mother’s favorite sayings was, “Dear Lord, give me patience – and I want it right now”, there might be a correlation. After all, my mother influenced my life like no other. When my two younger brothers grew into unruly teens and Mom sought the advice of our...

Liturgical Abuses

Liturgical Abuses and Moral Corruption

The encroachment of liturgical abuses in the Church is a long debated bone of contention between various members of the Body of Christ. In addition to the diverging thoughts about the ordinary and extraordinary forms of Mass, the Spirit of Vatican II brought a divisive opportunity like no other. Back then, the laity could not research on the internet we...

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The Parable of the Two Sons Is Relevant to Us

In Matthew 21:28-32 Jesus shares the parable of a man’s two sons. When asked by his father, the first son refuses the request to go work in the vineyard. Yet, after his impulsive denial, he goes and does the work dutifully. The second son, fails to go as he had agreed – having given an affirmative answer with no intention of obedience....