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We will need to clear the rocks from the soil of our hearts and keep it free from weeds. http://ow.ly/z3GMF
In today’s Gospel, the disciples ask Jesus, “Why do You speak in parables?” Good question! Gospel (Read Mt 13:1-23) Our Gospel opens with a picturesque scene of Jesus sitting “by the sea” and drawing such a large crowd that He had to get into a boat and go offshore a bit so the people could …
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Benedict’s spirituality was not an interiority removed from reality. http://ow.ly/z39WR
Today, monasticism is usually seen as an archaic practice of insulation and irrelevance and is portrayed as quaint or even silly. Inside our fast-paced culture of connectivity and entertainment, it can be difficult to imagine the cloistered life as vibrant and significant. This is why it might sound odd to us to hear Pope Benedict …
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Surrender yourself to God’s grace http://ow.ly/z0IDy
A visitor from the higher kingdom must descend into the lower, take into Himself the elements of which that lower kingdom is composed, making them His own, infusing into them His own life and holding them in its grasp, endowing them with His power, enriching them with His attributes, crowning them with His beauty, and …
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The yoke is easy because Christ brought us into a union with a God who loves us so much to dwell and act within us. http://ow.ly/yXmQn
“For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” For many of us facing hard moments in being faithful to Christ in the midst of a world that couldn’t care less, hearing these words of Jesus may leave us asking, “Jesus, are you serious?” Sometimes it sure does not feel like the life of …
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Here are some practical and concrete steps that we can take to implement an ongoing program of “Permanent Formation” http://ow.ly/yUwue
Workshops for teachers, spring training for Baseball players, ongoing courses for professionals, coaching, reviewing, updating, cutting away the dead branches and debris—life demands constant labor to improve, upgrade and perfect. Even more important must be the constant labor at ongoing formation for followers of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.   All of us are a work …
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Do not waste time in anxious thoughts, imagining that the Lord has not forgiven you.
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Sometimes you might fall into some sin or negligence in word or deed, such as disturbing yourself at anything which happens to you, or murmuring, or listening to murmuring, or falling into some dispute, irritation, curiosity, or suspicion of others, or into any other fault, whether it be one or many falls. In such cases, …
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God's word is like bread, sustaining us, filling us and giving us the nutrients we need to make the journey of life. http://ow.ly/z3GH5
July 13, 2014 Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Isaiah 55:10-11 http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/071314.cfm Have you ever written a letter to famous person only to receive no response? Or perhaps you have shouted at your team’s baseball player to hit a home run only to watch him strike out. Frequently our words fail. We might wish and shout …
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Our Lady of Consolation reminds me that there’s comfort, even in the parts of life you don’t “win,” http://ow.ly/z0Jg0
When I’m on the back of a horse, the world changes for me. Not only do I realize, with a sort of dazed wonder, that I’m doing one of the things I used to love more than anything else, but I also see the world through different eyes. When I’m riding a horse, my body …
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How many times do we need to be reminded that love isn’t an emotion, it’s an act of will? http://ow.ly/yXnma
I know it’s a fool who ignores the wisdom of the saints, but all I can do is thank God there are a lot of them for us to choose who to listen to.  For every Maximillian Kolbe or Theresa of Avila whose council I value, there are five or six that I just cannot …
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To die with Christ is a gift, a gift that may be the greatest because it is the way to unite ourselves with Christ. http://ow.ly/yXjb3
There is no point in being a Christian unless we regard death as God’s greatest gift to us. — Fr. Edward T. Oakes, SJ (1948 – 2013) What did he say? Death is a gift, even God’s greatest? Death is no stranger to superlatives, but they usually come in the negative form: death is the most …
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A traditionally constructed Church puts the worshiper within the great tradition that stretches back 2000 years. http://ow.ly/yUviX
One of the basic principles of modern architecture is “form follows function.” In other words, ask what a building is for and it you will know how it should be built. When you are building a garage or an office building or a hospital or a school things a fairly straightforward: a garage is to …
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For our spiritual journeys, too, we have all we need to get to our final destination. http://ow.ly/yRkmz
Faith comes not through pondering but through action. We never reach a goal by just sitting in comfort and waiting.  ~ Tito Colliander “It’s too hard to steer,” my teen daughter complained. “I can’t do it.” Nobody likes my decrepit Honda. Among other things, it leaks power steering fluid like a sieve, and so it can be …
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