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Our Right to be Happy

With the celebration this weekend of Independence Day, we remember that God’s mercy can be witnessed in both the freedom he offers us and the way he loves us.   Freedom is a big deal in the Gospel. However, freedom in the New Testament means something very different from the way we ...
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In the Presence of the Blessed Sacrament

I felt a hand fall on my shoulder and heard a familiar voice say: “Dignity! Dignity at all times!”   It was Jack Troy, an usher in the parish where I grew up.   I had graduated from altar server to usher when I was about 17.   Without the ritual of the Mass to restrain ...
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Don’t do witness; be a witness

“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea, and Samaria, and to the ends of the world.’’ Acts 1:8   The act of sharing your faith, being a witness to Christ, can be difficult, a bit ...
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The Jesus Prayer

Early Christians came to understand that the name of Jesus had great power, and that the recitation of his name was itself a form of prayer.   Heeding St. Paul’s guidance to pray without ceasing (Thessalonians 5:17), their ancient, short prayer became known as the Jesus Prayer: “Lord Jesus Christ, Son of ...
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Mary, Mother of God – Mary’s Role as First Disciple

"The shepherds went in haste to Bethlehem and found Mary and Joseph, and the infant lying in the manger. When they saw this, they made known the message that had been told them about this child. All who heard it were amazed by what had been told them by the ...
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Feast of the Holy Family

“After three days they found him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions, and all who heard him were astounded at his understanding and his answers. When his parents saw him, they were astonished, and his mother said to him, ...
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