Showing posts tagged as 'catholic-church'

Living A Life Of Virtue

Tags: Catholic-church, Inspiration, Mind, Personal-development, Prayer

May 16, 2011 06:55

Last night, my men's group began to study ways we can live virtuously. As a society, we don't talk much about the virtues, which are basically the skills needed to live a moral life.In our culture today, we do a lot more talking about values than we do virtues. Although values can be a good thing, they are subjective and don't necessarily help us over the long haul. Our understanding of virtue...

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Blessed John Paul II

Tags: Catholic-church, Inspiration, Papacy

May 01, 2011 07:21

For the past ten years, Roman Catholics have been celebrating the 2nd Sunday of Easter as Divine Mercy Sunday. It is a day to be reminded of the infinite mercy of God, and the grace available to all those who turn to Him and accept that mercy.This Divine Mercy Sunday, a special event has just occurred in Rome. Pope John Paul II has been beatified, which is the Church's official recognition of...

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Tags: Catholic-church, Inspiration, Prayer

April 24, 2011 07:46

Piero della Francesca, 1460

A Very Blessed Easter To You And Yours

Why do you seek the living one among the dead? He is not here, but he has been raised. (Luke 24:5-6)

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Pope John Paul II

Tags: Catholic-church, Inspiration, Papacy, Prayer

April 02, 2011 06:42

It's hard to believe six years have gone by since Pope John Paul II went home to the Father's house. It is hard to imagine that there will ever be another pope like him. His legacy will be felt and studied for centuries. In the weeks to come, he'll be recognized for his saintly qualities and his remarkable life. For today, I thought this little meditation from the band U2 would be a nice way to...

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Gabriel's Message

Tags: Catholic-church, Inspiration, Italy, Spirit, Travel

March 25, 2011 07:55

I broke the news to a group of college students last night. Nine months from today, we'll be celebrating Christmas. That's right. Today's the Feast of the Annunciation, the moment humanity learned of Emmanuel, God with us.You may recall that the image above, the Cortona Annunciation by Fra Angelico is one of my all time favorites. I've had the chance to see it several times in the Museo...

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The Lenten Journey

Tags: Catholic-church, Ignatian-spirituality, Inspiration, Prayer

March 09, 2011 06:59

The word Lent is from the Anglo-Saxon lencten (spring).This penitential season of six Sundays and forty weekdays prepares us for the great feast of Easter, and it begins today.Historically, Lent was the retreat-like final preparation for those who would be initiated into the Church at Easter. Many others began using the time for repentance and renewal.

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Praying With The Holy Spirit

Tags: Catholic-church, Inspiration, Prayer, Spirit

March 07, 2011 06:34

Thanks for all the prayers for our Confirmation retreat. I'm happy to say it went off without a hitch, and when you put on such an event that involves hundreds of people, that's no small feat. I promise you that the Holy Spirit was with us each step of the way.So often I find myself ramping up my prayers to the Holy Spirit whenever I focus on something really big, like a retreat or a major...

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The Holy Spirit

Tags: Catholic-church, Inspiration, Prayer, Spirit

March 04, 2011 07:11

We have about two hundred teens going on their Confirmation retreat this weekend. It takes literally hundreds of hours to prepare for this annual event, and I'll be the first to admit it's pretty exhausting. I'll also be the first to say that it's also exciting to watch the Holy Spirit at work.I think most of us know that the Holy Spirit is a part of God. Through Scripture, we understand that...

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President's Day

Tags: Catholic-church, Inspiration, Prayer

February 21, 2011 06:17

Happy President's Day. The observance commemorates the 22 February 1732 birth of the "Father of the Country," George Washington. While Washington's birthday has been marked as a national holiday since at least 1796 -- the final year of his presidency -- subsequent years saw Abraham Lincoln's 12 February birthday added to the calendar as a separate observance.I remember as a kid that one of the...

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Living the Gospel

Tags: Catholic-church, Ignatian-spirituality, Inspiration, Prayer, Spirit

February 14, 2011 06:50

When you really think about it, you can't truly live the Gospel without suffering some pain. Last week, I was giving some students from the United Church of Christ a tour of our church. They asked about the stations of the cross, and why we had them displayed all around. It was a good question.Jesus said that if we wanted to be his disciple, we were going to have to pick up our cross and follow...

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