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How Your Suffering Can Help Make the World a Better, Kinder Place

November 15, 2016 by  
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How Your Suffering can Make the World a Better, Kinder Place   Beautiful Mercy (Week 4 of 5) Nothing makes us more effective ministers of comfort than having suffered ourselves. Not one of your tears of pain will be wasted if you allow them to be redeemed in the life of another. God can use every ounce of what you have been through to make this world a better, kinder place. “Beautiful Mercy” (Comforting Mercy,... Read More

Theology of the Body – A Gift of Mercy to a Desperate Culture

November 1, 2016 by  
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Theology of the Body: A Gift of Mercy to a Desperate Culture   Beautiful Mercy (Week 2 of 5) Take up a study of St. John Paul II’s Theology of the Body and you will discover that behind all the sexual pain and confusion in the world and in our own hearts is the human thirst for heaven gone awry. Sexual sin, you might say, is a quest to satisfy our thirst for heaven with “dead water.” Christ meets us right there with... 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 (Chapter 55, Paragraph 7) Reading... 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 5) As the Mystical Body of Christ,... Read More

Democracy Cannot Exist Without God

September 6, 2016 by  
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Life of Christ (Week 22 of 27) A democracy with a conscience became a mobocracy with power. When a democracy loses its moral sense, it can vote itself right out of democracy. — Life of Christ (Ch. 47, Paragraph 4) Over the past couple of weeks, parents across the country have been ushering their children off to school, posting “first day” pictures on social media, celebrating new horizons from the Kindergarten playground... 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. When I try to describe her... 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 heart of the wounded, for He has... Read More

Why We Must do Better for Our Young

July 26, 2016 by  
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Life of Christ (Week 16 of 27)   In the life of every individual and in the life of every nation, there are three moments: a time of visitation or privilege in the form of a blessing from God; a time of rejection in which the Divine is forgotten; and a time of doom or disaster. Judgement (or disaster) is the consequence of human decisions and proves that the world is guided by God’s presence. His tears over the city showed... Read More

How to Master Your Expectations

July 12, 2016 by  
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Life of Christ (Week 14 of 27) The possession of a soul means the undisturbed mastery of oneself, which is the secret of inner peace, as distinguished from a thousand agitations which make it fearful, unhappy, and disappointed. Only when the soul is possessed can anything else be enjoyed. Our Lord here meant patience in adversity, trial and persecution. At the end of three hours on the Cross, He would so possess His soul that... Read More

Parenting with Humility

June 28, 2016 by  
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  Life of Christ (Week 12 of 27) “It is a not a mark of greatness always to affirm one’s right, but often to suffer an indignity.” – Life of Christ, Chapter 24, Paragraph 18 Parenting with Humility Something about this quote made me think of successful parenting. Some of the families we most respect seem to have a more humble approach to parenting. Boundaries merge with compassion; humility with direction. They... Read More

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