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Another way

In the adversities that I experience, I remind myself that the time for doing battle has not yet come to an end. I arm myself with patience, and in this way I defeat my assailant. —Faustina’s diary 509 ++++++++++ In dealing with life patience is very important. Many do not understand how one-sided we can […]

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Called by our real name

Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me.—Rev 3:20 Jesus uses the image of him knocking on the door asking for entry. If we allow him to enter he wills supper […]

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Jesus should be sought more directly

It is always good to ask God to rectify what needs to be rectified deep down in our souls instead of sending trials to show us what darkness is most hidden. The deeper we purify, the higher our place in Heaven. The quickest avenue to that is a direct relationship with Jesus. Just ask Him […]

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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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19 Spiritual Resolution Ideas for the New Year

CNA: So you’ve vowed to up your intake of kale and have signed up for yoga to kick off the New Year. But has your spiritual life been part of your New Year’s resolutions? Here are a few ideas of small, practical steps you can take to get spiritually stronger in 2015. 1. Daily Mass. […]

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Stances

I was reading from the 1st letter of John . . . and came upon this verse: “love cast out fear”. I have often wondered at this and have longed for the freedom that it offers, for those who come to some experience, or understanding, of what it means. I would suppose most children have a […]

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Life is a Dark Warehouse

God does not hide things from you. He hides things for you. When you die, you’ll encounter a “warehouse” full of his surprises. Gifts. He has secrets for you. Surprises. Death is a surprise party, if we’re sanctified, if we’re prepared for it, if we have the purity of love. Right now, you are wandering, […]

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Eight Habits of Healthy Couples

My newest book, When Divorce Is Not An Option: How to Heal Your Marriage and Nurture Lasting Love looks at the eight habits that healthy couples cultivate in their relationship and describes, step-by-step how couples who are struggling can develop those habits in their relationship. There’s a lot of confusion about what separates happy couples from unhappy […]

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Invisible people

I have talked with people, who tell me that they often feel taken for granted by pretty much everyone. They are nice, do their jobs perfectly and are always available when others are in need. Often making great sacrifices in order to do so, yet they feel unappreciated. I had a talk with a woman […]

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Building Walls or Bridges

Do you build walls, or bridges? In our lives it is frequently one or the other. It’s our choice. We form walls — barriers — or we erect what mystic Maria Esperanza, who died ten years ago this summer, called the “bridge to Heaven.” Let’s first look at walls. What does a wall do? It […]

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