On the Nativity of St. John the Baptist: JtB & Me

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Today, we celebrate the Solemnity of Nativity of the St. John the Baptist. In his homily for today, Pope Francis pointed us to St. John the Baptist (or as I always call him in my head “JtB”) as a fitting role model for us in our daily walk as Christians: At the Vatican website, we [Read More...]

On Lap Swimming and Spiritual Perfection

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So be perfect, just as your heavenly Father is perfect. Matthew 5:48 Perfect? Really, Lord? Me? Couldn’t I just be “kinda perfect” or “trying my best to be perfect”?! These were some of the thoughts ringing in my head this morning as I prayed my way through today’s gospel. As often as I’ve read Matthew [Read More...]

Church to Welcome Thousands

From the USCCB:   Thousands of New Catholics Prepare to Receive the Sacraments this Easter   Archdiocese of Washington reports record numbers entering the Church Galveston-Houston welcomes over 2,000 people Easter Vigil rites will be held in English, Chinese, other languages in some communities   April 10, 2014   WASHINGTON–A widow honoring his late wife [Read More...]

My Lenten Prayer and Fasting Amidst California’s Drought

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My Lenten prayer and fasting this year has included a new focus since the March 7th release of the following press release from Sacramento’s Bishop Jaime Soto. While the rest of the country has been struck by the “polar vortex”, we here in the Central Valley of California are literally begging God for rain and [Read More...]

Fr. Barron Invites You to Journey with Him This Lent!

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This looks super cool! Would you like a deeper, more powerful Lent this year? To start each day by drawing closer to Christ? Then sign up for Fr. Robert Barron’s free daily Lent reflections list. Each day, from Ash Wednesday (March 5) until Easter Sunday (April 20), Fr. Barron will send you a short reflection, straight [Read More...]

Evangelii Gaudium Day One: A JOY EVER NEW, A JOY WHICH IS SHARED

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Happy New Year! If you’re Catholic and you’re reading this, my greeting makes sense as we find one another on the eve of the first day of a new liturgical year and celebrating the dawn of a new Advent. I love Advent. That wasn’t always the case… In my younger years, Advent’s seemingly penitential nature [Read More...]

St. Jerome’s Prayer for Christ’s Mercy

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Today, we celebrate the life of St. Jerome, a priest and Doctor of the Church. If you love reading the Bible, you can thank St. Jerome for his lifetime of work spent toiling over sacred scripture. I was happy to discover the following prayer attributed to St. Jerome: A Prayer for Christ’s Mercy O Lord, [Read More...]

Wisdom of Saint John Chrysostom, Bishop and Doctor of the Church

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It is simply impossible to lead, without the aid of prayer, a virtuous life. St. John Chrysostom image credit [Read more...]

His Word, Pope Francis and the Grace of His Light

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Can I tell you how happy I am that we’re back to the routine of Pope Francis sharing his daily homily from morning Mass in Rome? For me, my days simply go a bit better with his daily teachings on the gospel so readily available. Today’s homily on Luke’s fourth chapter was just the shot [Read More...]

Caught in God’s Net

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God’s goodness, even in light of my personal shortcomings, never ceases to amaze me. This morning, I had some fruitful prayer time with today’s gospel from Matthew 13. I was particularly struck by one portion of Jesus’ teachings to his disciples: The Kingdom of heaven is like a net thrown into the sea, which collects [Read More...]


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