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Non-being is not resting and oblivion is not sleep

Is it worth it all, our lives There a statement of Hawkins (so called New Atheist) that is stuck with me and I thought rather profound. The gist of the statement is that we should be very thankful for being here on this planet.  A few years, one life, yet what a gift he was saying.  […]

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What do I really believe?

“Death is nothing else but going home to God, the bond of love will be unbroken for all eternity.” – Mother Teresa Many people believe that faith is some form of absolute assurance.  I do not believe that.  From my own limited experience, there will always be room for some doubt.  I think that is healthy […]

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If Today You Hear His Voice

 “Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion.” (Hebrews 3:15) Every child who, rather than being born, is condemned unjustly to being aborted, bears the face of Jesus Christ, bears the face of the Lord, who even before he was born, and then just after birth, experienced the world’s rejection. […]

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Who is good?

I do not consider myself a ‘good’ person, but perhaps one who struggles with being good and have never succeeded.  Without Christ Jesus and his grace I would be not even close to someone who struggles to be good.  His mercy and love is truly astounding and when pondered is overwhelming.  I do believe that […]

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Five Warning signs of a toxic faith

I know quite a few people who have been taken aback by the way Pope Francis challenges everyday Catholics along with priests, religious, and the hierarchy. It seems unfair when we compare what seem like harsh challenges with the tender way he reaches out to those on the fringes of the Church. Although it can […]

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All of those I will meet today

This is my best day. I live to serve you, God. I will pray for all of your children who will not get out of bed today because they died or they are sick, or they are sad. Please help me to be kind to and to love all of those who I meet today. […]

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I live; yet not I, but Christ lives in me: Galatians 2:20

People often speak about being rewarded for the good deeds that they do. I know that there is nothing wrong with that kind of thinking, since the bible, and other religious texts are full of this concept; but as far back as I can remember, this kind of thinking, at least consciously has not been […]

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When life feels cold and dark and I am naked and shivering within

When I am afraid, I put my trust in you: Psalm 56:3 Sometimes I feel fear. It is when I become strongly aware of the suffering that goes on around me. On how common it is to have sick friends, people I love who are dying and my own aging as well. It is as […]

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Aridity in our walk with God

“Therefore I am now going to allure her; I will lead her into the wilderness and speak tenderly to her. (Hosea 2:14) The soul is made for the ‘Living Water’, that which allows our souls to flourish and grow. Yet the desert is also a reality that dwells within each of us. A place of […]

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Simply talking with someone else and sharing ones faith

The greatest way we can show respect for someone is to simply listen to them and not to try to change their minds. I suppose in trying to such a thing would lead to ‘Excedrin Headache #8”, since it is impossible. Howe do I know this? From personal experience when I am communing with others. […]

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