Knowing Christ & His Message through Scripture, the Catechism, & the Catholic Church

Monthly Archives: April 2016

Loving as Jesus loved…

  Jesus said to his disciples: “This is my commandment: love one another as I love you… This I command you: love one another.” (Jn 15) Reflection for the day: I pray that you will understand the words of Jesus, … Continue reading

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All I need is Jesus & my Bible!

Living what we believe Or, Do i need more? Why should we care what the Catechism of the Catholic Church says? Isn’t Scripture sufficient? Isn’t my personal relationship with Jesus all that matters anyway? When I hear questions like this … Continue reading

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Living the “us” in Jesus…

Bring on the Jesus team! “…and it was in Antioch that the disciples were first called Christians…” (Acts 11:26). In a talk given by Pope Francis, he warned about those who seek to promote themselves instead of Jesus and His … Continue reading

If I do not go…

Jesus goes, so that the Holy Spirit can come Jesus said to his disciples: “Now I am going to the one who sent me, and not one of you asks me, ‘Where are you going?’ But because I told you … Continue reading

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Community: Discipleship: “Not going it 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

The disciples were filled with joy and the Holy Spirit!

We know that Christ has won our salvation for us…We have reason to be joyful! If only we faithfully accept God’s great & loving gift. Let us, therefore, be faithful to the One who has loved us unto death. Therefore, … Continue reading

Pause-

Even before it was a popular saying, I would often tell people (myself included), to take a moment to pause, pray, & then proceed.  This can help put things in perspective – calm you down – and allow you to … Continue reading

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Where is my Lord? — The Easter Season continues…

Where is my Lord? Greetings in Christ! As the Easter Season continues, I think back to my childhood.  Growing up, one of my family’s traditions was the hiding of Easter baskets and Easter eggs. When we got home from Easter … Continue reading

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M Crooks, Doctorate Pastoral Ministry: 2009-2018