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Pray, prepare and live as priest, prophet and king

Pray, prepare and live as priest, prophet and king

| Deacon Gordon Bird | December 19, 2019 | 0 Comments

Keep those lamps trimmed and burning, as the hymn goes — reminding us as Jesus taught so often to be on watch and stay prepared.

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Take all moments of life to prayer

Take all moments of life to prayer

| Deacon Gordon Bird | November 20, 2019 | 0 Comments

Spiritual leaders, protectors and providers of the faith know that the persistence, vigor and vitality of a daily prayer life are essential to staying alive in Christ. Spiritual combat is active and relentless, and Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount and his many parables about prayer emphasize persistence, watchfulness, humility and the acceptance of the Father’s will in prayer (Mt 5-7). He is our model on how to live a life of prayer, and certainly his earthly parents set an example.

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Gift of self in marriage, family and fellowship

Gift of self in marriage, family and fellowship

| October 23, 2019 | 0 Comments

Bundling takeaways from the fruits of a Siena Symposium for Women, Family and Culture that my wife and I recently attended reminded me that I should read the third chapter of Genesis — expulsion from Eden — more thoroughly.

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Striking a chord with online videos

Striking a chord with online videos

| Vincenzo Randazzo | September 26, 2019 | 0 Comments

I think it’s fair to ask: Can an online video be an effective tool for evangelization?

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Learning about relationships from the best of teachers

Learning about relationships from the best of teachers

| Deacon Gordon Bird | August 21, 2019 | 0 Comments

Essential to any thriving business, team, organization or organism worth its salt is that they provide opportunities for continuous learning, development and growth. This also applies to the family.

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Embrace the grace of happiness as the family of God

Embrace the grace of happiness as the family of God

| Deacon Gordon Bird | July 22, 2019 | 0 Comments

Family reunions are fun. I donned an old T-shirt this morning from a prior reunion that come August will be going 11 years strong. It carries on its back a quote from St. John Paul II: “The family is the center and the heart of the civilization of love.” Above the quote is a cross, shaped by the names of all the family members on my wife’s side, starting with her parents and ending with the youngest great-grandchild. That is, the youngest at the present reunion moment.

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Embrace the ordinary

Embrace the ordinary

| Deacon Gordon Bird | June 20, 2019 | 0 Comments

More green hues are seen from the pews and a new weekly numbering scheme commences as Ordinary Time picks up on the momentum of Pentecost. Two thousand years ago or so, no time was squandered as the age of the Holy Spirit manifested in the early Church. Baptizing, teaching, preaching and transforming hearts and minds to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ via the evangelization efforts of his disciples was alive and well.

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Grace prevails in the first domestic church

Grace prevails in the first domestic church

| Deacon Gordon Bird | May 13, 2019 | 0 Comments

Each season brings its holidays, both religious and secular. Spring rolls on, as does Eastertide through this month of May. Earlier in the month, we were crowning Mary and honoring St. Joseph the Worker. And, we just recently celebrated Mother’s Day with feasts, flowers, gifts and — most important — love. In a few weeks — post-Pentecost — we will come upon Father’s Day.

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Rising to new life through accountability

Rising to new life through accountability

| Deacon Gordon Bird | April 17, 2019 | 0 Comments

Often said and forever true: Without the cross, there can be no resurrection. Without the Passion, there is no Easter. Without sacrifice — new life in Christ now and forever — the hope of the promise to come does not present itself.

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A communal Lenten check-in

A communal Lenten check-in

| Deacon Gordon Bird | March 21, 2019 | 0 Comments

OK family and friends, how is your observance going two weeks and a few days into Lent? As for me, I’m pondering that question as I peruse through my Daily Roman Missal, reminding myself of its two-fold theme: to embrace a spirit of repentance, and to recall and renew my baptismal promises as a child of God. Thank you, Jesus — Lord and Savior, brother and friend — for making this possible.

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Take it to eucharistic adoration

Take it to eucharistic adoration

| Deacon Gordon Bird | February 20, 2019 | 0 Comments

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament warms, transforms and sustains the hearts of many a pilgrim people looking to rest in Jesus. This is sage counsel and sound spiritual direction of which I have often been a needy recipient. I’ve been searching not necessarily for answers, but for peace. I’ve turned to adoration to lift a personal burden, offer prayers of petitions for others, and pray a rosary or the Liturgy of the Hours while gazing at our Lord.

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Basics to arming men of integrity

Basics to arming men of integrity

| January 24, 2019 | 0 Comments

Boot camp — basic training — necessitates commitment, intensity and perseverance for the specific discipline, training program or organization to succeed. And success is measured by how well partakers transfer their skills beyond the basics of this initial training.

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