July 18, 2017

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Novena for a Rebirth of Chastity and Purity – Day 1

For all priests, bishops, cardinals, and our Holy Father

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July 14, 2017

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The Sower: Perseverance in the face of disappointment

Parable of the Sower

Often when we hear the Parable of the Sower (Mt 13:1-9), the point of emphasis is the disciple as rich soil. The metaphor is that the sower is Jesus, the seed is the Word of God, and the soil is the person who receives the Word. The desired outcome is for the listener to be rich and fertile soil, cultivated, soft and receptive, eager to welcome the seed, to let it take root, permeate one’s life, grow and flourish, and produce astonishing results.

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July 7, 2017

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My yoke is easy, my burden light

Get serious, Jesus! You say that your burden is light (Mt 11:30). Hardly! There are many times that I feel crushed by the burdens of life. I have so many responsibilities. There are so many jobs to do. The days are so long. I have to work so hard. The demands are so constant. There are so few breaks. You say the burden is light. I probably should not disagree with the Son of God, but I say that the burdens are huge, sometimes oppressive, and more than I can manage.

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July 7, 2017

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Novena for a Rebirth of Chastity and Purity July 18-26

Join the Marriage, Family and Life Office in praying a novena for chastity and purity in the world.

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June 30, 2017

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Independence Day

Independence Day

July 4th is our greatest civic holiday. It commemorates the unanimous Declaration of Independence of the thirteen colonies that comprised the United States of America in General Congress on July 4, 1776. With the Declaration, a new country was born, and July 4th serves as our nation’s annual birthday celebration.

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June 15, 2017

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Zechariah, an inspirational father figure

Father’s Day is an occasion to reflect on the vocation of fatherhood. Zechariah, the father of John the Baptist, is most remembered for not believing the angel Gabriel’s announcement and being struck speechless as a punishment, but he has many admirable qualities for fathers.

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June 8, 2017

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Behold, I am the hostess (in training) of the Lord

Hospitality brings us back to our fundamental need for relationships, with Christ and our neighbors

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June 2, 2017

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The theophany of Pentecost

On Pentecost “suddenly there came from the sky a noise like a strong driving wind, and it filled the entire house” (Acts 2:2). It was sudden, startling. It came up like a storm. The noise was loud. The wind roared. Presumably, the house shook. For the disciples, it was frightening yet awesome, glorious and enthralling. They were immersed in a mystical experience, the powerful presence of almighty God in the Person of the Holy Spirit. It was a theophany.

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May 18, 2017

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A family shares story of mother’s deportation — and what it took to get back

She was held for ransom in Mexico and walked two days across the Arizona desert, guided by a coyote and relying on crackers, tuna and two gallons of water to survive. They passed the bodies of immigrants who had died in the desert. But staying with the bodies, waiting for help, meant risking dying themselves.

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May 17, 2017

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Turkeys play hard to get in Wisconsin

It has been a while since I’ve had a really good turkey hunt in Wisconsin — 2014 to be exact. That was the year I bagged two longbeards in the Badger State, and didn’t have to work very hard to do it. In both instances, toms gobbled lustily on their way in to the hen […]

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