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When your faith is battered & bruised…

“My Faith can’t be shaken!” I have to say, this statement strikes me as completely ridiculous, and a recipe for losing your Faith entirely. While it is a nice sentiment, one has only to have been a Christian or a member … Continue reading

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Guiding our children (& others) in the right direction

When the whole world is running towards a cliff, he who is running in the opposite direction appears to have lost his mind. —CS Lewis     3 Key sources for teaching & guiding our children: 1. Scripture Introduce your … Continue reading

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What do we do in the wake of a tragedy?

During those times when it seems that evil & tragedy are more widespread than ever before, it is important to remember that there IS MORE. As Christians, we know the outcome of the battle between good & evil. As Christians, … Continue reading

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Loving the Other: Lasting Relationships

We are in the season of love.  Valentine’s Day is approaching.  The Church is celebrating National Marriage Week, which Archbishop Chaput points out is not just for married couples. He says,  This week long celebrations “provide an opportunity to celebrate the … Continue reading

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Feeling restless? Your heart knows why…

The Church provides us with numerous spiritual mentors, whom we refer to as the Saints.  They show us how it is possible to live a life dedicated to God amidst everyday trials and rewards.  One such spiritual mentor is St. … Continue reading

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Are you wise?

Wise Men, Return to the World …we are like the 3 Wise Men who journeyed to Jesus. Now, like those Wise Men, we return to the world from which we came, to the everyday life where we will witness to … Continue reading

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Christmas Eve: The light of hope burns brighter still…

“You shall go before the Lord to prepare straight paths for Him, giving His people a knowledge of salvation in freedom from their sins.” –Luke 1:76-77 In the Gospel of Christmas Eve morning, we hear the Zechariah prophesying in the … Continue reading

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December 23: O Come, O Come Emmanuel…

The O Antiphons for December 23rd: O Emmanuel (O God with us) “O Emmanuel, our King and our Law-giver, Longing of the Gentiles, yea, and salvation thereof, come to save us, O Lord our God! “ The seven “O Antiphons” … Continue reading

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December 22: O Come, O King of Nations, Come…

O King of all nations and keystone of the Church: come and save man, whom you formed from the dust!   The coming of Christ is fast approaching… The Church offers us many opportunities & resources to prepare.  Have you … Continue reading

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December 21: O Come, O Radiant Dawn

O Radiant Dawn: Splendor of Light Eternal and Sun of Righteousness: Come and enlighten those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death.    We are so close to Christmas.  We can feel the level of excitement and anticipation rising.  Yet, … Continue reading

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M Crooks, Doctorate Pastoral Ministry: 2009-2018