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Generosity not optional for Christians

Generosity not optional for Christians

| September 21, 2016 | 0 Comments

If you were to ask 100 random people on the street what Catholics are known for, what do you think they would say? Of all those people, how many do you think would say “generosity”? Unfortunately, my suspicion is that the number would be very few.

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Mistakes and mercy

Mistakes and mercy

| Jeff Hedglen | September 7, 2016 | 0 Comments

One of the greatest fears of my childhood was getting caught doing something bad and having to face my dad. It’s not that he was mean or abusive, it’s just that I did not want to disappoint him, and this caused a knee-jerk reaction of fear whenever such situations would arise.

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Practicing our faith will prepare us for Jesus

Practicing our faith will prepare us for Jesus

| Deacon Nicholas Froehle | August 2, 2016 | 1 Comment

During the Passover, after carrying out the instructions God revealed to Moses, the Israelites await their salvation. In their journey to the Promised Land, God reveals himself to his people, but this means the Israelites are called to adhere to the covenant. When they are faithful to the Word of God, they receive abundant blessings. When they turn away, they experience hardships, their enemies prevail, and they’re unhappy.

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God longs to give us his greatest gift

God longs to give us his greatest gift

| Deacon Bryce Evans | July 21, 2016 | 0 Comments

“We would sooner grow weary of receiving God’s gifts than he would grow weary of bestowing them upon us.”

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Good Samaritan shows how to make God’s presence known

Good Samaritan shows how to make God’s presence known

| Deacon Paul Baker | July 6, 2016 | 0 Comments

It is often remarked in both the secular and Catholic media today that society’s religious beliefs are declining. The Church has been asking the question these last years about what can be done to try to stem the tide of this alarming trend. Her answer so far has been to call for a “new evangelization.”

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What it means to live by the Spirit

What it means to live by the Spirit

| Jeff Hedglen | June 22, 2016 | 0 Comments

When I was in high school, I signed up for a special district-wide class on criminal justice. The idea was to gather from every school students who were considering a career in law enforcement.

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Gratitude for mercy produces deep, lasting love

Gratitude for mercy produces deep, lasting love

| Jean Denton | June 9, 2016 | 0 Comments

Each week, Bettina spends two hours volunteering at her community’s free clinic, which offers a range of medical services for the working poor. She’s not a medical volunteer, but goes to the clinic every Wednesday to greet and take information from clients and potential clients to determine or confirm their eligibility for services.

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A special measure of the Holy Spirit

A special measure of the Holy Spirit

| Jeff Hensley | April 27, 2016 | 0 Comments

The college student I was interviewing for an article in the North Texas Daily at the University of North Texas had retained his Jewish identity when he converted to an evangelical mode of Christianity.

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Why is the shepherd good?

Why is the shepherd good?

| Deacon Steven Wirth | April 13, 2016 | 0 Comments

Since the readings for the fourth Sunday of Easter are always on the theme of the “Good Shepherd,” this Sunday is sometimes referred to as Good Shepherd Sunday.

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‘My Lord and my God’

‘My Lord and my God’

| Jeff Hensley | March 30, 2016 | 0 Comments

Jesus is risen! He is risen, indeed!

And that seems to be much of what the readings for April 3 reflect.

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Suffering an opportunity to unite ourselves to God

Suffering an opportunity to unite ourselves to God

| Deacon Adam Tokashiki | March 15, 2016 | 0 Comments

Many people today consider suffering something to be avoided at all costs. For those without faith, suffering is a mystery, a meaningless misfortune that randomly affects some people. But experience shows us that suffering is a basic human experience, one that affects every single human being to various degrees.

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A question for Lent: Why are we faithful?

A question for Lent: Why are we faithful?

| Deacon Paul Strommer | February 29, 2016 | 0 Comments

We know it as the “parable of the Prodigal Son,” the story that possesses a remarkable quality: the ability to consistently produce new questions within us. What question will arise in us this Sunday?

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