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Resonance of the rosary

Resonance of the rosary

| Deacon Gordon Bird | October 20, 2020 | 0 Comments

We give it special attention this month. It is a journey through the Gospel story. Yielding only to the Mass, arguably the favorite prayer of many saints, popes, monks and mystics. And, of all of us sinners who desire to love Jesus more than our sins. In spiritual warfare, it “is the weapon for these times,” proclaimed St. Padre Pio.

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Timeless vigilance in Christian prayer

Timeless vigilance in Christian prayer

| September 21, 2020 | 0 Comments

A fellow Catholic Watchmen leader recently shot me an e-mail, asking if our parish was going to resume hosting monthly Saturday prayer vigils. Perpetual adoration was postponed due to the pandemic last March, and he reminded me of how important this hour of prayer had been up to that point in time. No matter the hour of the day or the watch of the night, those who realize prayer is so essential in Christian life always have time for prayer.

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Spiritual encouragement through small groups

Spiritual encouragement through small groups

| August 25, 2020 | 0 Comments

“Encourage yourselves daily while it is still ‘today’…” (Heb 3:13). When spiritual leadership is a robust, encouraging presence in the household, the faith tends to resonate and stick in multi-fold fashion in the heart of the family. As a result, evangelization, prayer and catechesis manifest both within and outside the home, giving sound reasons why the family is such a vital unit of society.

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Being a prophet in difficult times

Being a prophet in difficult times

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

Information transfer is at its peak performance — good, bad or indifferent. All that glitters or glooms, that sharpens or dulls, that passes or stays is right here before you and your family.

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Being fully human in justice and mercy

Being fully human in justice and mercy

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

God does not make mistakes. He balances justice with mercy perfectly via his wisdom. Justice encompasses a just due to God and neighbor. Penalties require payment; wrongs need reconciliation.

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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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