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The Communion of Saints at Its Best

My son married the most incredible woman last Saturday and while the nuptial mass and reception were jam-packed with friends, family, tradition, music, laughs and love, I had a calm about me all day.  This calm I attribute to my new daughter-in-law’s deceased mother. This is the communion of saints at its best.  I had never met...

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We are all beggars.

Sep 14, 14 We are all beggars.

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Today I met a friend at Chipotle for lunch. We drove separately so once we were finished we parted ways. He went to the restroom and I walked out to my car to drive home. As I walked out of Chipotle, a woman and a man stopped me. They were perched on either side of the door,  so that you couldn’t walk out without confronting...

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The Perfect Bouquet

Sep 03, 14 The Perfect Bouquet

Posted by in Featured, Life, Vocation

Ever wonder why a bride carries a bouquet of flowers? I Googled it.  I found that since ancient times, brides have carried flowers, herbs and even garlic for reasons like masking body odor from infrequent bathing or to ward off evil spirits.  They carried flowers to symbolize happiness, virtue and fertility. All very interesting,...

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Young Catholic Saint of the Day: St. Irais

Aug 20, 14 Young Catholic Saint of the Day: St. Irais

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To support the martyrs currently losing their lives in Iraq, I want to share a ancient martyr with you today. St. Irais was only 12-years-old. One day, when she was helping the other women collect water from a well, she saw a man abusing some Christians. When she berated him and told him to stop, he arrested her as well. He and his...

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The Other Side

I never felt called to serve as an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion.  When I was a child, lay people never distributed the Eucharist during mass, this was a job for the priests.  In the back of my mind, I still feel it is a job for the ordained to handle the body and blood of Christ even though I have come to accept lay...

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Young Saint of the Day: Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati

Jul 23, 14 Young Saint of the Day: Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati

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Not just another pretty face, Blessed Pier Giortio Frassati (1901-1925, Turin, Italy) dedicated his short life to helping people as much as he could. He was born and raised in a wealthy family, but his father made a point of not spoiling his children. Bl. Pier would give what little his parents gave him to the poor. He was known...

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Scraped Knees and Earthworms

Jul 22, 14 Scraped Knees and Earthworms

Posted by in Life, The Faith

Kids are really strange little people. Seriously, they are. Maybe it’s because they’re around us all the time that we often take for granted how extraordinary these diminutive, brilliant, not-yet-adults really are; then again, maybe it’s because we’re too busy convincing them that using their sibling as a...

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Loving Christ and Hating His Church: A Conversion Confession

Jul 21, 14 Loving Christ and Hating His Church: A Conversion Confession

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It’s been a long time since I’ve felt rejected upon walking into a church.  Sure, people continue to stare when I show up for daily Mass, but I know why.  It’s not because they don’t want me there, but because they’re still getting over the shock that I am there.  At twenty-four, I am easily fifteen years younger than the second...

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The Pope App

Jul 16, 14 The Pope App

Posted by in Evangelization, Featured, News

If you are like me, you like to try and keep up with all of the wonderful things Pope Francis is saying and doing to embody, proclaim, and inspire us all to live out the Gospel and God’s message of Love.

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“Ha! Wonder What the Cleaning Crew Thought?”

Jul 09, 14 “Ha!  Wonder What the Cleaning Crew Thought?”

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“Ha!  Wonder what the new cleaning crew thought?” This was my first thought as I walked back into my office after the Fourth of July holiday weekend.  You see, I have a new picture on my desk….. I started looking around.  I have things around me that definitely would tell a stranger that a Catholic works here.  Aside from my desk...

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A Child’s Lesson on Heaven

Jun 30, 14 A Child’s Lesson on Heaven

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One of my favorite aspects of my job is when I have the chance to teach the children. Unfortunately, as the Assistant Director, I don’t get to do that as often as I would like. I spend an inordinate amount of time in my office, emailing parents, inputting data, and planning events for the Religious Education program. I know that...

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Saint of the Day: St. Aloysius Gonzaga

The first-born son of seven kids, his parents had high hopes for him. His family was aristocratic and he was set to inherit it all. His dad wanted more than anything for him to become a soldier. He sent him off at the tender age of 5 to a military camp. But his heart was never in it. He was horrified by the violence that surrounded...

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