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Invigorating symbols of the faith

Invigorating symbols of the faith

| Deacon Gordon Bird | May 21, 2020 | 0 Comments

Behaviors are beliefs in action. Standards of evangelization are often set high for all of us in representing the faith we cherish and love. Whether we like it or not, so much is at stake for Catholics in articulating what we say about what we believe, and how we act upon our beliefs as Christians.

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Sowing and reaping in the ebb and flow

Sowing and reaping in the ebb and flow

| Deacon Gordon Bird | April 23, 2020 | 0 Comments

It is Eastertide. Many people are experiencing a more quiet and remote liturgical season than in past spring times. Yet, social and business networking technology has helped close the gap of communications for many safe-at-home souls.

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Onward via the dusty path of Lent

Onward via the dusty path of Lent

| Deacon Gordon Bird | March 24, 2020 | 0 Comments

Lenten journeys often take us beyond the ordinary landmarks and horizons of our spiritual lives. The ashes we accepted a few weeks ago were cleansing — they reminded us that Lent is a time for sacrifice. They help us reflect on a salient truth: that our lives are not our own.

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Embracing the challenge as spiritual leaders

Embracing the challenge as spiritual leaders

| February 26, 2020 | 0 Comments

Because I attend and participate at various men’s ministry activities — small and large — as an outreach calling, I’m blessed to witness the vast gifts, strengths and charisms of men across the generations.

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Embracing the heart of the Holy Family through ordinary living

Embracing the heart of the Holy Family through ordinary living

| Deacon Gordon Bird | January 30, 2020 | 0 Comments

Gazing through the lens of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph, we can try to seek out teachings that are either explicit in the Bible or, sometimes, not so evident.

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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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