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Surviving Advent as a Single

Tips for handling feelings of disappointment in a season filled with families and gatherings Soon enough Christmas music will flood the stores. All things holiday will insist that we are part of beautiful, functional families. Many of us simply aren’t. It isn’t always easy to embrace a season filled with families, children and abundance when […]

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The Dignity of Yard Work

Idleness is the soul’s enemy, so therefore at determined times the brothers (and sisters) out to be occupied with manual labor, and again at determined hours in Lectio Divina. (Rule of St. Benedict: 48:1) For the past couple of days, I’ve developed a pretty strong attachment to my leaf blower, a precious gift I received […]

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Pope reflects on finding faith in a secular world

Vatican City, Nov 7, 2012 / 01:49 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict XVI continued his series of teachings on faith by observing that although secularism is on the rise, everyone has a desire for God, and this can be seen in the experience of love. “Even in today’s secularized society, this desire for God continues […]

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Negativity Not Only Stymies Your Life but Is Also Usually a Lie

Life on earth is a constant struggle to find our equilibrium. On our way to that balance, God sends us favors (as indications). Most are small. They add up. There are also the little admonishments. Some are not so little. Mostly we are punished by the lack of His Presence. When we abuse anything God […]

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Being Beloved Children of God (Part 5)

The wonder of our sonship. I tell you, my brothers, that there is absolutely nothing in this world—nothing that I can possibly conceive of—that is more wonderful than this: to know that you are God’s beloved son. It is total liberation. It is wondrous and great. It is a fulfillment of all the desires for […]

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The Key to Existence

A monk is a man who has given up everything in order to possess everything. He is one who has abandoned desire in order to achieve the highest fulfillment of all desire. He has renounced his liberty in order to become free. He goes to war because he has found a kind of war that […]

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A Life Built on Radical Untruth

Many people regard religion as something foreign or even hostile to human na­ture. As a result, religion becomes a matter of social confor­mity, duty, and guilt: it is life-denying. There seems little in it that leads to the joyous fulfillment of natural aspirations. Any sort of religious activity can easily be seen as in some […]

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