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Monthly Archive for January, 2014

This Sunday’s Readings This weeks readings from the US Conference of Catholic Bishops, which uses the New American Bible. Click here for THIS SUNDAY’s  readings Click to Listen to THIS SUNDAY’s readings (Please click on the X to remove the ad when it appears)   The Word on Fire The Word On Fire – Fr. […]

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One of my favorite quotes of all time comes from Mother Teresa when she tells us: “Let us touch the dying, the poor, the lonely and the unwanted according to the graces we have received and let us not be ashamed or slow to do the humble work.” This video tells the story of a […]

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While reading a number of self-help or how to be a better person type of books, I noticed that all most all these modern-day  authors, like Stephen Covey in his powerful book The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, kept referring to one other book as a must read. This book is Victor Frankl’s: Man […]

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A friend sent me the link to the Pope’s 2013 Christmas card. It is made up of a number of images and small nuggets of wisdom from the Holy Father, Pope Francis. Click on the link below to experience the electronic card for yourself and over the months ahead we will feature some of the […]

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Happiness 101-Albert Camus

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This Sunday’s Readings This weeks readings from the US Conference of Catholic Bishops, which uses the New American Bible. Click here for THIS SUNDAY’s  readings Click to Listen to THIS SUNDAY’s readings (Please click on the X to remove the ad when it appears) The Word on Fire The Word On Fire – Fr. Robert […]

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I have been a Catholic all my life. It is all I really know, and I am sure that there are many aspects of being RC that I have long ago simply taken for granted. As I reflected on this question, the answer started to become clear. I would miss the sacraments. As Catholics, we […]

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Matthew 3:13-17: The Baptism of Jesus 13 Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to be baptized by John. 14 But John tried to deter him, saying, “I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?” 15 Jesus replied, “Let it be so now; it is proper for us to do this to […]

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304. What is a sacrament according to the Baltimore Catechism A sacrament is an outward sign instituted by Christ to give grace. 1131. What is a sacrament according to the Catechism of the Catholic Church The sacraments are efficacious signs of grace, instituted by Christ and entrusted to the Church, by which divine life is […]

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The Baltimore Catechism Revised Edition (1941) 304. What is a sacrament? A sacrament is an outward sign instituted by Christ to give grace. 305. How many sacraments are there? There are seven sacraments: Baptism, Confirmation, Holy Eucharist, Penance, Anointing of the Sick, Holy Orders, and Matrimony. 315. What is Baptism? Baptism is the sacrament that […]

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This Sunday’s Readings This weeks readings from the US Conference of Catholic Bishops, which uses the New American Bible. Click here for THIS SUNDAY’s  readings Click to Listen to THIS SUNDAY’s readings (Please click on the X to remove the ad when it appears)   The Word on Fire The Word On Fire – Fr. […]

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I posted this last year right at this time as I prepared for the homily on the Baptism of the Lord. It seems like a good way to begin this week’s reflections by taking a trip back in time to define what we mean by baptism. Those of us old enough will remember, with either […]

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BE HAPPY. Check out this link to 10 Scientifically Proven Ways to Be Incredibly Happy by Jeff Haden. Perhaps a little late for your  resolutions list but some good ideas for the a truly Happy New Year! 1. Exercise. 2. Sleep more. 3. Spend more time with friends and family. 4. Get outside more. 5. […]

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1954 + 60 = 2014

When I was much younger, I remember buying my Dad one of the very first electronic calculators around. It was a simple four function (add/subtract/multiply/divide) machine, and if I remember correctly it cost us around $250, which is about $1,600 in today’s dollars. I liked to put in my birth year- 1954 and calculate things […]

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