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To witness, we must have wounds

To witness, we must have wounds

| Liz kelly | July 22, 2019 | 0 Comments

A spectacular young, single woman — intelligent, articulate, lovely, poised — comes to visit with me to talk about prayer and how she can go deeper in healing. She has suffered a number of serious traumas, and they have created some sizable wounds. And while much healing has already taken place, and she has fearlessly and responsibly pursued healing from many angles, she’s a little concerned about her past, especially with respect to a future spouse. How much can these wounds really be healed? Is she just “damaged goods”?

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Acting courageously in the face of fear

Acting courageously in the face of fear

| Kate Soucheray | July 9, 2019 | 0 Comments

As we celebrate our nation’s independence from the British monarchy — won nearly 250 years ago and marked each Fourth of July ­— we notice flags flying boldly, proclaiming the liberty and freedom by which our self-governance is best known.

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Living in largo: in praise of a slower pace

Living in largo: in praise of a slower pace

| Christina Capecchi | July 9, 2019 | 0 Comments

There is an art and a science to slow living. This summer I’m trying to learn both.

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Attention in an age of distraction

Attention in an age of distraction

| Laura Kelly Fanucci | July 2, 2019 | 0 Comments

“Behold” is my favorite word in Scripture. Every time it shows up, we’re summoned to snap to attention and take notice. God is about to do something new. Let’s not miss it.

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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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To kill the cult of personality

To kill the cult of personality

| Liz Kelly | June 19, 2019 | 0 Comments

A year or so ago, my very talented and prayerful assistant convinced me I needed to develop a better website. I dragged my feet — and legs, and arms, and torso and half-hermit heart. The thought of “marketing” makes me nauseous, and social media in general disturbs my spirit. I wonder what Jesus, who never consulted a publicist or created a branding strategy, thinks of such hubbub.

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A Church for the poor requires religious freedom

A Church for the poor requires religious freedom

| Jason Adkins | June 19, 2019 | 0 Comments

To bring the Gospel to all men and women, not to just the wealthy or intellectuals, Christianity must be incarnated in every aspect of civilization, including politics. This requires that the Church be free to cultivate the life of prayer needed to nurture discipleship in people who can, in turn, be leaven in society.

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Summer Twentieth

Summer Twentieth

| Kate Soucheray | June 4, 2019 | 0 Comments

Summer is finally here and we must remember to enjoy it! Last summer, our then-4-year-old granddaughter and her cousins planned a day of fun at our house, which they named “Summer Twentieth.” When we told the girls my husband and I would not be home on the day of their planned event, they assured us they didn’t need us to be present for them to enjoy the day.

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How to accept criticism: a spiritual exercise

How to accept criticism: a spiritual exercise

| Christina Capecchi | June 4, 2019 | 0 Comments

We live in an unfortunate era for online criticism. Critics fling insults they would never dare utter face to face. Defendants — typically privileged public figures — bristle with self-righteousness, dubbing their critics “haters,” earning praise for “clapping back” in their own defense.

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In praise of dad jokes and divine humor

In praise of dad jokes and divine humor

| Laura Kelly Fanucci | June 4, 2019 | 0 Comments

My husband is down in the kitchen, cooking eggs for our four boys. From upstairs, I hear him serve up a little extra on the side: a classic dad joke about “makin’ bacon.” As I smirk to myself, I can practically hear our sons roll their eyes.

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Violence against Christians and the waning of reason

Violence against Christians and the waning of reason

| Bishop Robert Barron | May 29, 2019 | 0 Comments

There were more Christian martyrs in the twentieth century than in all of the previous nineteen centuries combined. Hitler, Stalin, Mao, Pol Pot, and many of their lesser-known totalitarian colleagues put millions of Christians to death for their faith in that terrible hundred-year period.

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The Real Danger Posed by the California Confession Bill

The Real Danger Posed by the California Confession Bill

| Bishop Robert Barron | May 29, 2019 | 0 Comments

SB 360, a piece of proposed legislation currently making its way through the California state senate, should alarm not only every Catholic in the country, but indeed the adepts of any religion.

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