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A New Look at the Ascension (Life of Christ Book Club)

October 12, 2016 by  
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Life of Christ (Week 27 of 27) The Ascension has never really been a mystery that’s resonated with me. In fact, it’s kind of confusing. Or it has been. Jesus comes, does all his miraculous stuff, and saves humanity through the sacrifice of the Cross and Resurrection. But the story’s not over! He ascends. What does that mean? In the Gospel of Luke, we get a mere four verses about... Read More

The Gift of Redemptive Suffering

October 4, 2016 by  
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Life of Christ (Week 26 of 27) After the Ascension these scars would become as oratorical mouths of intercession before the Heavenly Father; scars that He would bear on the last day to judge the living and the dead. In an old legend it is said that Satan appeared to a saint and said: “I am the Christ”; the saint confounded him by asking: “Where are the marks of nails?” – Life of Christ... Read More

Jesus Meets Us Where We Are (Life of Christ Book Club)

September 27, 2016 by  
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Life of Christ (Week 25 of 27) One of the things I have most appreciated in our journey through Life of Christ is how Fulton Sheen makes me think and chew on things I’ve honestly never thought of before. He makes me realize anew, with each chapter, how Jesus meets us where we are. This continues to be a Bible study of immense proportions because Sheen’s breaking open Scripture as he... Read More

Looking Past this Vale of Tears

September 20, 2016 by  
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Life of Christ (Week 24 of 27) As the physical Body of Christ had external wounds, bruises, and scars, and yet the inner structure was left untouched, so there seemed to be a foretelling that though His Mystical Body, the Church, would have its moral wounds and scars of scandals and disloyalties, nevertheless, not a bone of its body would ever be broken. — (Life of Christ, Chapter 52, Paragraph... Read More

Finding Hope in the Seven Last Words

September 13, 2016 by  
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Life of Christ (Week 23 of 27) This is one of those chapters that I dog-eared right from the beginning. Our Lord spoke seven times from the Cross; these are called His Seven Last Words. In the Scriptures the dying words of only three others were recorded: Israel, Moses, and Stephen. The reason perhaps is that no others are found so significant and representative as these three. […] In His... Read More

What Is Truth? (Hint: Not Facebook.)

August 30, 2016 by  
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Life of Christ (Week 21 of 27) This book continually makes me marvel and appreciate our faith and our Savior all the more. In this week’s chapters, I found myself facing people who I related with, who I knew, who I have been. Pilate was one of those who believed that truth was not objective but subjective, that each man determined for himself what was to be true. It is often the fault of practical... Read More

Obstacles or Opportunities? When Life Throws Curves, Drink from the “Cup”

August 23, 2016 by  
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Life of Christ (Week 20 of 27) Looking beyond all secondary causes, such as Pilate and Annas, the Romans and the Jews, Our Lord saw not enemies to be defeated by a sword, but a cup offered by His Father. Love was the motive and spring of His Sacrifice… — Life of Christ, Chapter 42, Paragraph 5 The above quote perfectly encapsulates everything I have felt when reading the diary of Elisabeth Leseur.... Read More

The Our Father: Mission Accomplished

August 16, 2016 by  
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Life of Christ (Week 19 of 27) Quite a few years ago, Jen Fulwiler hosted a series on the Our Father. In this series, Jen had different writers reflect on each word of the Our Father. (She also now has it available as an ebook if you sign up for her email newsletter.) I had never thought about praying that way before, and it stayed with me. I caught myself paying attention to prayer in a whole new... Read More

How to Respond to Betrayal – Lessons from a Pro

August 9, 2016 by  
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Life of Christ (Week 18 of 27) Only one who has suffered such betrayal from within the household can even faintly grasp the sadness of the Savior’s soul that night. All the good example, counsel, companionship, and inspiration are fruitless with those who will do evil or “sell out” to those who are bent on destruction. – Life of Christ, Chapter 38, Paragraph 11 Christ understands the... Read More

Elements of Christ’s Memorial

August 2, 2016 by  
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Life of Christ (Week 17 of 27) To be honest, I’ve never given much thought to the why of bread and wine for Mass. Why do we use bread and not olives or hummus or crackers? Why do we use wine and not water or milk or beer? Leave it to Fulton Sheen to smack me across the head with an explanation that not only explains it beautifully, but that also inspires further reflection. I’ll... Read More

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