April 28, 2017

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Saint Catherine of Siena, Virgin and Doctor of the Church

St. Catherine was born in Siena, Italy, in 1347, the youngest of twenty-five children. As a young girl she had a vigorous spiritual life, and her mystical experiences began at age six when she reported her first vision when Jesus appeared to her along with Peter, Paul, and John.

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April 25, 2017

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Gobblers cooperate on Holy Thursday

In 30-plus years of hunting wild turkeys, I have learned one simple lesson: Turkey hunting is hard. At times, it may SEEM easy, when the birds gobble hard and come quickly to a call. But, I liken it to trying to hit a knuckle ball. It can appear to float in pretty as you please. […]

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April 21, 2017

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Thomas: Doubting may not be his worst mistake

Thomas doubted. This was a startling shift for him. Only a short while earlier in Bethany Thomas had urged the other disciples to accompany Jesus to Jerusalem, despite the vicious threats against his life, when Thomas declared, “Let us also go to die with him” (Jn 11:16). How is it that the apostle who was so confident earlier would say, “I will not believe” (Jn 20:25)?

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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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