Out with the Old…In with the New!

Today is the last day of 2021, and everyone will be making New Year Resolutions. As clocks hit midnight across the globe tonight, good intentioned men and women will rush to confirm New Year resolutions. Of course, many if not most if not all New Year resolutions end up in the garbage pail by the end…

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Something we can Trust

We all know the past two years have been difficult to navigate the waters of COVID19. The trouble has been both political and spiritual, as many have turned a virus into a war. I have written about this several times in the past two years, but this morning I have a different comment. The question…

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Save the Innocents

For a second time in just a few days, the Church commemorates the slaughter of thousands of innocent children at the hands of Herod the King. These first martyrs, having offered their lives without ever even meeting Christ, should be honored by all Christians not only with a reference on the calendar but a permanent…

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Episode 355 – Changed by God

When the Magi encountered the newborn Christ, they return home “another way” different than when they first arrived in Bethlehem. They were changed by God, no longer pagans, but worshipers of God. We are invited to be changed by God now that we have encountered Him at Christmas.

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A Feast Worthy of Special Treatment

Three times each year, and only three times, the Church offers a special service known as the Royal Hours. This service is a special combined service of the First, Third, Sixth, and Ninth Hours, which in the ancient Church, and still today in some monastic communities, were prayed separately throughout the day. Each hour has…

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Giving Our All

When it comes to Christmas, we often hear that it is the thought that matters. We are taught that it isn’t about how much we spend on a gift that makes it valuable. It can be difficult to navigate the stormy waters of gift giving and buying for Christmas, especially in the light of today’s…

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The Home Stretch to Christmas

Beginning yesterday, the Sunday before Christmas, the Church began to celebrate the Feast of the Coming in the Flesh of God. I almost don’t want to use the word Christmas since the word has become so commercialized. It might sound trivial, but if you’ve been a follower of my blog for any length of time,…

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Episode 354 – Do You Want to be with God?

In the Gospel of the Great Banquet, we hear about the excuses used to avoid coming to Church. We hear them and we use them ourselves all the time. Unfortunately, the excuses are not enough because many simply don’t want to be with God in Church. The Creator of the Universe, God Himself, has invited…

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Are You Looking for a Sign?

Many people today seek a sign from God. So much so, that it seems people are willing to see signs in every cloud formation and any out of the normal occurrence. This is not a healthy place to be when you are so consumed by signs that you will see one where one may not…

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For the Children!

Last minute shopping for stocking stuffers. Baking their favorite cookies. Snuggling in front of their favorite Christmas movie. These are the signs that Christmas is just about here, and we find ourselves doing just about anything for the children. Ultimately, we know that Christmas is much more than just cookies and presents under the tree.…

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