Amazing Moments

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“The people were astonished at his teaching…” (Mark 1:22) When is the last time you experienced an amazing moment, a sense of being truly astonished?  Several instances come to mind when I think of amazing moments in my life: the first time I saw the morning clouds rising off the foothills of the Austrian Alps […]

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3 Lessons from Quiet Strength by Tony Dungy

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Recently, while on vacation, I read Quiet Strength by Tony Dungy.  In football circles, Tony Dungy is known as a man who was a great NFL coach and the first African American coach to win a Super Bowl.  However, if you ask Coach Dungy, he’d tell you that he’d rather be remembered as a committed […]

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Stop Judging Yourself

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Sometimes I get frustrated with myself.  I get impatient with my imperfections.  I get upset at how I can be so focused on the Lord and spiritual living for an extended period of time and then, it seems, in an instant I can slide back into old habits. So often I take two steps forward […]

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How to Pray: Honesty With God

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  “Let’s be honest.” “I’ll be honest with you.” “Honestly…” “Honest to goodness.” These are all phrases we’ve either heard or spoken numerous times.  As children, we were taught that telling the truth is the right thing to do.  And yet how many of us got into trouble–or maybe even still do!–for lying? But what […]

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How to Pray: Be Aware

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It is important that we have the proper focus when we pray.  Christian prayer is not about introspection; Christian prayer is Christ-centered.  And so our awareness as we begin to pray is crucial. When we quiet our minds and hearts by relaxing and focusing on our breath, we are not preparing to naval-gaze; we are […]

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How to Pray: Be Still

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Let’s go deeper into the subject of how to pray.  In my last post I suggested four steps to help us enter into prayer.  I’d like to explore each of these in more detail in the next few posts. As we enter into prayer, we first choose to be still.  “Be still and know that […]

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How to Pray

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“Master, teach us how to pray” (Luke 11:1).  After being in the company of Jesus, listening to His words, witnessing His healings, and seeing His deep relationship with His Heavenly Father, the Apostles longed to know how to pray as Jesus prayed.  They were attracted by His holiness and His peace. We, too, long to […]

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What is Consecration to Mary?

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The act of consecrating oneself to the Blessed Virgin Mary is a venerable tradition in the Catholic Church.  It has been promoted by many saints, St. Louis de Montfort being one of the more popular proponents.  But consecration to Mary is also greatly misunderstood, especially by non-Catholic Christians. Simply put, when a person consecrates oneself […]

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The Rosary and Transcendence

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Last Wednesday I returned from Rome where I’d been visiting with seminarians at the North American College.  It was my fifth trip to Rome, but each time I visit I’m always reminded of the importance of the transcendent in our lives. When one walks into St. Peter’s basilica–or other major basilicas or churches in Rome […]

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The Rosary: The School of Mary

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What was it like for Mary to receive the Archangel Gabriel’s greeting?  What did she feel in her heart?  What of that moment when, renouncing fear, she chose faith, and a surge of confidence arose in her heart, “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord.  May it be it done to me according to […]

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The Rosary: Hail Mary!

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Catholics don’t worship the Blessed Virgin Mary, and anyone who says that we do is simply false.  You will not find a single line in any official Church document that uses the word “worship” in association with devotion to Mary.  True, there may be some misinformed, well-intentioned Catholics who think they are supposed to worship […]

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