June 20, 2020
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Moments of Grace

St. John Paul II had one of the longest reigns as Pope in Church history; when he was elected in 1978, he became not only the first Pope from Poland, but the first non-Italian Pope in over 450 years. Most experts agree he helped change the course of...

A Year-round Blessing

We have started the year with the priestly or Aaronic blessing, better known in Hebrew as birkat kohanim (ברכת כהנים). It is the blessing that we find in the book of Numbers 6:24-26, whose text is the...

Pleasing God—or the World

One Sunday afternoon in New York City, a man named Steve got on the subway and found a seat in a quiet car. Some of the people were reading the newspaper; others were dozing, and some were thinking or contemplating with their eyes closed...

We are Blessed, Called, and Sent

A month following my ordination, I was in Chicago and had completed a day of meetings. Having boarded at Union Station, the train began to roll into its six-hour journey back to Michigan. After a couple of hours on the rails, however, I noticed that...

Come, Share in My Feast

Once there was a doctor who was known for being both a kind and caring person and a very competent physician. Over the years he became well-off financially, and was able to afford nice things, including fine clothing, but twice a year he wore a...

Listening for God’s Voice in Our Lives

The website, HubSpot, notes that: Snapchat has 150 million daily active users, Facebook experiences 300,000 updates every minute, and Instagram has 95 million photographs shared on its platform each day. Outside of these three, there are so many...

The Lord Blesses in Awesome Ways

The Lord bless you and keep you! The Lord let His face shine upon you and be gracious to you! The Lord look upon you kindly and give you peace! We have heard these beautiful words at the beginning of each New Year, yet we quickly forgot the source...

By Your Perseverance, You Will Secure Your Lives

A young man named Jim seemed to have everything going for him: a very successful business which he had started a few years earlier; a loving wife named Donna; and three wonderful little children. Then the bottom fell out of his world: Jim was...