April 14, 2017

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Why did Jesus rise from the dead?

After Jesus died and his body was placed in the tomb, he could have ascended to heaven without appearing to anyone. But Jesus rose and he appeared to his disciples, and he did so for a number of very important reasons.

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April 7, 2017

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Prayer for the Sacred Paschal Triduum

The three days of the Sacred Paschal Triduum are the three holiest days of the year: Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter. They celebrate the Paschal Mystery of our Lord Jesus Christ, the central mysteries of our faith, both the Passion, his suffering and death, and the Resurrection, his glorious triumph over sin and the grave.

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March 23, 2017

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Laetare Sunday a joyful pause in a somber season

The Fourth Sunday of Lent is also known as Laetare Sunday. Laetare is a Latin word which means “rejoice” or “rejoicing.” Other nuances of the word include joyfulness, gladness, cheerfulness, and happiness. This elated or jubilant mood is a striking one-day reprieve from the somber, sorrowful, penitential tone of the other days of Lent.

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March 10, 2017

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The meaning of the season of Lent

There are four general Prefaces in the Roman Missal for the Season of Lent, and these texts are not only spoken liturgical prayers, they also serve as texts for personal prayer and meditation, and they express the spiritual purpose and importance of the season.

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March 3, 2017

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A fresh approach to self denial and good works

This Lent don’t be stuck in a rut. “Same old, same old” – is old. If nothing changes, nothing changes! The same old routine yields the same old results. If we want things to be different (i.e., better), we must do things differently. Except different requires change, and change requires effort, and change can be uncomfortable. Fear and laziness are the two biggest obstacles. Don’t be afraid. Give a little extra effort. Keep what works but add or substitute something new. A fresh approach can be invigorating.

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February 24, 2017

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Worry not

In the Sermon on the Mount Jesus tells us not to worry, not once, not twice, but three times (Mt 6:25,31,34). Repetition is the key to learning and it places greater emphasis. Jesus wants to drive a major point home.

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February 17, 2017

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The Chair of Saint Peter the Apostle

The Feast of the Chair of Saint Peter on February 22 is unique because it mentions a chair. The usual meaning for a chair is a piece of furniture with four legs and a back for a person to sit. This feast is not about a second-class relic, a chair that St. Peter sat upon, or any other chair.

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February 10, 2017

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The Path to Spiritual Greatness

Jesus is our Master Teacher, and his Sermon on the Mount contains one kernel of truth after another.

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February 1, 2017

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Glorify the Lord with me, let us praise God’s name

To God goes the glory! Really? Maybe it should go that way, but there are plenty of times that it does not. When we have done a good deed, quite often God is not the first person to come to mind. If we are honest, we have to admit that we regularly think of ourselves first. Our mindset is, “After all of the hard work that I have done, after all of the good that I have accomplished, I deserve some credit around here.” It translates, “To me goes the glory!”

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January 26, 2017

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My Breakthrough with Lectio Divina

Lectio Divina (divine reading) is a method of prayer I have studied and attempted to learn for quite some time. I loved hearing stories of people who successfully practiced Lectio Divina, and I wanted to experience this prayer too. I read books and searched the internet for how to pray Lectio Divina – and I practiced the steps for doing the prayer, however I never felt like I connected with this type of prayer. Recently, I attended a workshop on praying Lectio Divina and my experience with this prayer changed — I had a breakthrough with Lectio Divina.

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