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hgtv and making a soul a home

What makes a house into a home? The answer is that someone has to live in it. Let Christ make a home in your heart. Let him remain a permanent resident and not someone who pays rent. He is the only one that can make us whole.

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so you used to be a church kid . . .

You probably went on the retreats. Did the service trips. Sang the songs (and even knew the hand motions). Maybe you even wore some Jesus swag on your neck or wrist (remember those cool saints bracelets?) You went to Church. You prayed before meals a...

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5 ways i insert more prayer into my busy life

5 Ways I Insert More Prayer into My Busy Life

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god loves them more than you

Learning to trust that God will take care of those who suffer, even if it is not the outcome we want.

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seasons

Working through different seasons in your spiritual Life

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when everything feels like a desert, prayer is labor

Learning to keep persevering when your your spiritual life feels dry.

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which came first, the holy family or the holy priest?

We hear every Sunday at Mass an intercession praying for “an increase in vocations to the priesthood and consecrated life.”  We know that there are not enough priests to shepherd our parishes, and so we pray for more of them.  An intercession pray...

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paul’s letter to social media

If St. Paul Wrote a letter on social media, this is what it would say.

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more church, less militant

is it ever 1) ok and 2) productive to be unkind in the name of Christ? So I dove into the bible to see if there were any guiding principles we could glean for our 21st century context. Here’s what I found:

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latin won't save us

The TLM is not the answer to any of the crisis in the Catholic Church

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sanctification in sickness

It has been a brutal few months.  We’ve reached a new level of exhaustion, worry, and paranoia of public places.  I hate seeing them sick.  I hate worrying that this time the sickness is more serious.  I pray for their full healing and am already lon...

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the heart of conversation

I’ve been reflecting a lot about “conversations” lately. Maybe you have too? There are many heavy, important topics to address and discuss with each other. However, I’ve witnessed conversations in person and online turn into hurtful arguments. Poi...

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fathers that form me

In my life, I have been blessed to meet innumerable holy priests that demonstrate the fatherly dimension of the priesthood.  I realize that bad priests exist, but I’ve met many more good ones.  As I look back at the priests who helped to form my s...

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saint me

How is God calling ME to holiness? How is He calling me to be a saint?

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little way for our wounded world

How my friendship with St. Therese grew, and how it might just be the balm needed for our aching world.

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wholly exhausted, holy exhaustion

A poem about exhaustion giving way to spiritual peace.

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it is better to receive

“It’s better to give than to receive.” Chances are, you’ve heard this phrase at some point since December 1st. While this popular adage is a true and good reminder of selflessness, might I offer a different thought for reflection?  The best thing w...

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embracing the light in this new year

One of my favorite things about the Catholic faith is that we don’t stop celebrating Christmas on December 25th. In fact, that’s when our celebration truly begins. To take it further, since we don’t rush to end the liturgical season by the 31st, it i...

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finding peace in bethlehem

I have always considered myself an “Easter Catholic” as opposed to a “Christmas Catholic” since I identified more closely with the suffering and resurrection of Christ than the child Jesus sleeping soundly in a manger. Because of this, when I went to...

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writing for the right reasons

Writing this blog was, to put it lightly, brutal. At one point, I was writing at least three different drafts - on VERY different topics - but none of them grew to be longer than about a page. So I’m going to try something a little different here. A ...