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Feast of the Baptism of the Lord

1. “Seek the Lord while he may be found, call upon him while he is near” (Is 55,6). These words from the second part of the Book of Isaiah ring out on this Sunday that ends the Christmas season. They are an invitation to go more deeply into the meaning for us of today’s Feast, […]

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Learn to Preserve Inner Peace

Catholic Exchange: July 8, 2014. Sometimes you might fall into some sin or negligence in word or deed, such as disturbing yourself at anything which happens to you, or murmuring, or listening to murmuring, or falling into some dispute, irritation, curiosity, or suspicion of others, or into any other fault, whether it be one or […]

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Stretch (prt 3)

The letters in the New Testament were written to deal with certain problems within the different communities of the early church, yet people insist that if it is not in the scriptures then it can’t be part of Christianity. So for many, the sacraments are thrown out and each is left to their own devices […]

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Six Simple Ways to Nudge Conversions

Some practical, foundational practices for putting the Pope’s message of evangelization into action Recently after Mass, I started chatting with two elderly women who were comparing notes on how many children they have collectively who have left the Church. Ninety-two-year-old Mary lamented that she has five daughters without faith. It got me thinking about what […]

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Rosary Miracles: Blessed Bartolo Longo Converts from Satanic Influence

Bartolo Longo was born in 1841 to a devout Catholic family. When Bartolo grew up he decided to study law. Naples at that time was undergoing a tremendous spiritual crisis. Paganism and Satanism of all sorts were abounding. Bartolo was not immune to these influences and became a satanic priest, much to the chagrin of […]

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A life long process

Once it is decided to grow, change or to convert, whatever name you want to call it, things begin to happen in the inner life.  Conflict arises, since responsibility for ones life is taken seriously and the freedom to act without a deeper conscience is now no longer possible. If the new path in fact wants […]

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Loss of soul: What we love the most, truly desire; is where our hearts are

A man came up to one day and asked me this question:  “What does it mean to lose your soul?”  I don’t like questions like this, when they are asked, there is more often than not, some kind of underlying agenda, which over the years I have tried to avoid.  I really can’t help others […]

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A simple talk on masculine spirituality

A simple talk on masculine spirituality When a man begins to take his faith seriously, which entails a deepening, personal relationship with Jesus Christ; how will that change, or challenge, how their masculinity is expressed?  To be a man of Christ is not an easy task, for when Christ talks about a death to self, […]

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Conversion

When conscious conversion is sought after; the turning away from aspects of oneself that are destructive towards self or others, it leads to humility and empathy, because of the struggle and persistence that is involved.  The road to inner freedom is slow and an often painful process.  Grace is what calls us to begin the […]

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St. Benedict for Beginners – ‘The Way of Obedience’

‘It is by the way of obedience that we go to God.’ Benedictine monks and nuns take three vows. They promise to pursue obedience, stability, and conversion of life. Obedience is a hard word in a society that values personal freedom above anything else. But Benedict realizes that unless we submit to something greater than […]

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