Sharing My Prayer of Thanksgiving

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Frequent blog readers will know that I love my alma mater, the University of Notre Dame. I was recently invited to pen a “Prayer of Thanksgiving” to be shared on the University’s FaithND website. The “prayercards” section of the site includes many beautiful prayers that you can send via a variety of formats. This week, [Read More...]

The Generosity of a Widow, The Courage of 10,000+ Martyrs

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I love it when God grants me an especially fruitful prayer time on a busy Monday morning. In my world these days, a 24/7 workweek sometimes renders “Monday” insignificant. But this morning, my “office” actually has a desk and is in California! And today’s “to do” list has me digging myself out of a huge [Read More...]

Why You Should Buy Me a Cow for Christmas!

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I’m constantly amazed by how well our friends at Catholic Relief Services help and support us in our quest to live out the true meaning of the liturgical calendar. As we advance through November toward the season of Advent, now is the time to begin planning how we will prepare for our commemoration of Christ’s [Read More...]

Fr. Barron Offers Free Daily Bilingual Advent Reflections

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This is great news for all of us: Each day, from November 30 until Christmas Eve (December 24), Fr. Barron will email a short reflection on an Advent theme, in either English or Spanish (your choice!). In addition, subscribers receive exclusive videos not found anywhere else, special discount codes for new products, and several giveaways throughout Advent including DVDs, CDs, signed books, and [Read More...]

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...]


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