Tag: Reflection

When God gives more than you can handle

When God gives more than you can handle

| Deacon Michael Nevin | August 9, 2017 | 0 Comments

“God won’t give you more than you can handle.”

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Living Christianity’s great adventure

Living Christianity’s great adventure

| Deacon Stephen Najarian | June 22, 2017 | 0 Comments

When I was just a little kid, I had a near–drowning experience, and although I now love being around water, I still feel uncomfortable being in over my head.

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A reason for our hope

A reason for our hope

| Deacon Timothy Smith | May 17, 2017 | 0 Comments

People who know and love Jesus Christ exude a great joy. Every day, Catholics who make a witness of their faith to the people around them heal others through their work. The Acts of the Apostles demonstrate the power that comes from awakened believers who give witness through their words and deeds.

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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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True love involves some suffering

True love involves some suffering

| Deacon Matthew Quail | August 19, 2016 | 0 Comments

I once had a priest tell me, “If you want good friends, you first have to be a good friend.” Since I heard this, I have tried to be a good friend when my friends call on me. That has included staying up late with friends who are going through a difficult time, dropping everything I’m doing to pick up someone who went walking and then got caught in the rain, and being vulnerable and asking for forgiveness when I have done something to offend a friend.

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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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Reading, conversation, prayer inspire reflection on mercy

Reading, conversation, prayer inspire reflection on mercy

| Father Charles Lachowitzer | April 14, 2016

I have found my own attention to the word “mercy” heightened in the prayers of the Mass, in the daily psalms and in the Office of Readings. On Divine Mercy Sunday, following Mass, I wrote the following reflection:

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Jesus’ ‘radical’ command inspires deep faith

Jesus’ ‘radical’ command inspires deep faith

| Deacon Mark Pavlak | August 14, 2015 | 0 Comments

In the readings this weekend, we arrive at a very pivotal moment in the great bread of life discourse. Until now, Jesus has only required belief in him as the one sent by the father, a belief difficult enough in itself. He has done many things to merit our belief, like feeding the 5,000 and walking on water. But in the Scripture for Aug. 16, he challenges us to put our belief into action in a very unpalatable way: to eat his body and drink his blood.

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When life’s storms rage, seek Jesus and Mary

When life’s storms rage, seek Jesus and Mary

| Deacon Michael Daly | June 18, 2015 | 0 Comments

The Sea of Galilee is below sea level, within a bowl of hills, and very subject to unpredictable storms. After a hard day’s preaching, Jesus, who governs the universe, is stretched out, asleep in a boat during a violent storm. The apostles’ maritime skills were not enough to endure the waves, so as a last resort, they turn to Jesus to calm the sea.

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Jesus is closest when we receive him in the Eucharist

Jesus is closest when we receive him in the Eucharist

| Deacon Neil Bakker | June 4, 2015 | 0 Comments

“Sing, my tongue, the Savior’s glory, of His Flesh, the mystery sing; of the Blood, all price exceeding, shed by our Immortal King, destined, for the world’s redemption, from a noble Womb to spring” (Hymn Pange Lingua, St. Thomas Aquinas).

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Choosing meekness leads us toward union with Trinity

Choosing meekness leads us toward union with Trinity

| Deacon Andrew Windschitl | March 26, 2015 | 0 Comments

The Roman soldiers, who among their other acts of violence against Jesus placed a crown of thorns on his head, were correct about one thing: He is a king. This painful irony is not lost on us, especially when we pray the third sorrowful mystery of the rosary.

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When sin makes us ‘unclean,’ confession can heal

When sin makes us ‘unclean,’ confession can heal

| Jeff Hedglen | February 13, 2015 | 0 Comments

A while back when I went to shake my friend’s hand, he pulled back and said he was sick and didn’t want to spread his germs. I said, “Thanks,” and just waved at him as we took our seats.

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