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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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Evangelizing the ‘gift of the season’ through the year

Evangelizing the ‘gift of the season’ through the year

| Deacon Gordon Bird | December 19, 2018 | 0 Comments

This time of year we celebrate. Yet we’re reminded of how the Holy Family, who through persecution, joys, labors, prayers and sufferings, dealt with the ups and downs of life.

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Striving for unity in all seasons

Striving for unity in all seasons

| Deacon Gordon Bird | November 21, 2018 | 0 Comments

The robust, seasonal fluctuations we now experience come with celebrations and holidays — both secular and religious. As we press on in November, making adjustments to colder weather patterns, we honor veterans, celebrate Thanksgiving and, with a Catholic slant, prepare for a new liturgical year via Advent.

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Brotherhood moves the hearts of men

Brotherhood moves the hearts of men

| Deacon Gordon Bird | October 25, 2018 | 0 Comments

One of my favorite parts of the Ignatius Press movie “Restless Heart: The Confessions of Augustine” is the saint’s response to the accusations of the Donatists for his past pre-Christian wretchedness: the seeking of pleasure, wealth, power and glory. As a bishop defending Catholic doctrine, including his own journey of faith, Augustine first admitted openly his past sins. Ensuing with a compelling discourse on how close God is to all mankind, despite the human condition, the Doctor of Grace concluded: “God is more brother than any brother; he is more friend than any friend; more lover than any lover.”

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As Christ loved the Church

As Christ loved the Church

| Ben Tlougan | September 27, 2018 | 0 Comments

“As Christ loved the Church.”

As a husband, I need constant reminders of this phrase from Scripture.

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Training for victory

Training for victory

| Ben Tlougan | August 23, 2018 | 0 Comments

Training and preparation: We all know these are needed for difficult tasks. The hardest part of running a marathon isn’t the actual marathon — it’s the hours, days, weeks and months of running that are required to prepare for it. If you try running a marathon without preparation, you will end up like the first guy who did it, and keel over dead.

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A test of character

A test of character

| Joe O'Sullivan | July 23, 2018 | 0 Comments

I was entrenched in my task when I realized that I was actually, sincerely entrenched: My back was badly hunched over, my neck had begun cramping, and my eyes had started buzzing back and forth. I couldn’t fit another sentence in my head. I was experiencing burnout, and the textbooks in front of me suddenly sent a pang of anxiety through my gut. It tasted like a moment of defeat.

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