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The Devotion of Father Solanus Casey

Thank God ahead of time.  This sentence nearly leapt off the page of a thin book of collected quotes by Father Solanus Casey that I purchased at the St. Bonaventure Monastery in Detroit.  I was a young college student, and my faith was in its springtime as I embraced my singlehood to grow and mature […]

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Be honest, childlike, open, and fearless before God

Prayer is conversation with God, no matter what kind it is. It can be a wordless sharing, or thoughts can be present; in the end it is an actual being present to God, knowing that God is also present to you; more present actually, one with you, fused with your soul, holding you in existence […]

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Vatican astronomers unlock the mysteries of the universe…sort of

Rome, Italy, Jan 8, 2015 / 04:03 am (CNA).- Vatican astronomer Brother Guy Consolmagno was 30 years old and just starting his career as an astronomer when he faced a personal crisis. “I couldn’t justify my life,” he told CNA in a recent interview. “I said ‘Why am I doing astronomy when people are starving […]

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Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers

It’s fairly common — as far as angel encounters — to hear about “mysterious strangers” who appear in the way of beggars or homeless. This draws us to the Scripture that says, “Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by this some have entertained angels without knowing it” (Hebrews 13:2). When we die, […]

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Everyday Christianity and the Spiritual Combat

For me, the real arena of spiritual combat is the everyday world. It occurred to me at my day job yesterday that it might in fact be sometimes easier to go and pray in secret than it is to live out the Christian calling in one’s everyday life in the world.  When I close the […]

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When things don’t go as planned….

If you seek God and work for Him in everything, without pause, the result will be miraculous. Translation: answer when he knocks. When we have failure, we have to investigate the reasons behind it. It could just be a test, or as I just said, God’s way of nudging us from something that really isn’t […]

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Spiritual tips for the new (and any) year

VAIN is the man who puts his trust in men, in created things. Do not be ashamed to serve others for the love of Jesus Christ and to seem poor in this world. Do not be self-sufficient but place your trust in God. Do what lies in your power and God will aid your good […]

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Humility in Conversation

A man should know that a devil’s sickness is on him if he is seized by the urge in conversation to assert his opinion, however correct it may be.  If he behaves this way while talking to his equals, then a rebuke from his elders may heal him.  But if he carries on in this […]

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