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Monthly Archives: July 2014

Lesson learned…

Let the children come to me…  Psalm 51 (the great penitential Psalm) offers us a way to approach God when we have made mistakes… Have mercy on me, God, in your kindness. * In your compassion blot out my offense. … Continue reading

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Does your child know?

When a child is given to his parents, a crown is made for that child in Heaven, and woe to the parents who raise a child without consciousness of that eternal crown!” ― Fulton J. Sheen, Life Is Worth Living … Continue reading

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Mommy, why doesn’t God talk?

I have always tried to teach my son, Joshua, different ways to pray. In addition to teaching him meal prayers, traditional prayers (the Our Father, the Hail Mary, etc), my husband & I will read the Bible with him quite … Continue reading

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What is reqired of a Christian?

What does this practically mean?  In short, we are called to love the sinner, but hate the sin.  Jesus us tells us that weeds & wheat will grow together (mt 13:24-30).  We will always be surrounded by good and bad. … Continue reading

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Why Mary? Feast of Our Lady of Mt Carmel

Mary, Model of Charity Pope Benedict XVI Mary’s greatness consists in the fact that she wants to magnify God, not herself. She is lowly: her only desire is to be the handmaid of the Lord (cf. Lk 1:38, 48). She … Continue reading

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Home & Family…

The music group Bon Jovi had a popular song a few years ago titled “Who says you can’t go home.” Here are some of the words to the song: “Who Says You Can’t Go Home” I spent 20 years trying … Continue reading

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Being sent forth…but, not alone…

Jesus summoned his Twelve disciples and gave them authority over unclean spirits to drive them out and to cure every disease and every illness… Jesus sent out these Twelve after instructing them… ((Mt.10:1,7). And he sent them to preach the … Continue reading

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Prayer: Bless the Lord, O my soul…

Bless the LORD, my soul; all my being, bless his holy name Bless the LORD, my soul; and do not forget all his gifts, Who pardons all your sins, and heals all your ills, Who redeems your life from the … Continue reading

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