October 23, 2018

Remaining True to Our Vocation

A married couple, Ardith and Jerry, had many problems in their marriage, but were trying to work things out after being separated for over a year. During the separation Ardith had met a man named Bob, who lived in a city four hours away, and she...

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Sharing the Gospel

Once upon a time two very good and holy men who lived in the same town died on the exact same day. They had never met during their lifetimes—for one was quite poor, and had lived in the ghetto, or rundown section of town, and the other was very...

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The Christian Way

In the Gospel of Mark (10:35-45), James and John had it all wrong. They wanted authority. They wanted to sit at the right hand and left hand of Jesus when the Kingdom of God was established on earth. They wanted to lord it over others. They wanted...

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Remaining True to Our Vocation

A married couple, Ardith and Jerry, had many problems in their marriage, but were trying to work things out after being separated for over a year. During the separation Ardith had met a man named Bob, who lived in a city four hours away, and she...

Sharing the Gospel

Once upon a time two very good and holy men who lived in the same town died on the exact same day. They had never met during their lifetimes—for one was quite poor, and had lived in the ghetto, or rundown section of town, and the other was very...

The Christian Way

In the Gospel of Mark (10:35-45), James and John had it all wrong. They wanted authority. They wanted to sit at the right hand and left hand of Jesus when the Kingdom of God was established on earth. They wanted to lord it over others. They wanted...

Pope Francis on Marriage

Excerpts from Amoris Laetitia (The Joy of Love) THE IMPORTANCE OF PATIENCE We encounter problems whenever we think that relationships of people ought to be perfect, or when we put ourselves at the center and expect things to turn out our way. Then...

Searching for Eternal Life

For the 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time, the readings lead us to wisdom, transparency, and eternity. Regarding wisdom (Wisdom 7:7-11), we are told that the spirit of wisdom is more precious than silver or gold. Regarding transparency (Hebrews 4:12-13)...

Searching for True Happiness

One of the seven deadly sins is envy, or jealousy, and it can be a very unattractive attitude because it often involves an element of hypocrisy. There was an instance in which the actors in a play were extremely jealous of each other’s success, with...