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"Why Are You Troubled?"

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“Why are you troubled?”  These are the direct words Jesus spoke to His apostles during one of His appearances following the Resurrection.  The living God stood in front of His apostles and asked them, “Why are you troubled?”  That same living God stands in front of us today, asking us that same question.  As I spent time in prayer pondering that question, I realized there was much on my mind and my heart that seemed to be consumed with trouble.  God does not want our heart to be troubled…He desires for us to give Him those troubles and allow Him to work within our lives. 

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Sturdy Shelter

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“Let those who are friendly to you be many, but one in a thousand your confidant.” (Sirach 6:6 NAB) This has been my life motto since I was about 18.  I got burned many times by many people I considered “friends” while I was in high school.  I shared my heart with people I considered “friends” only for it to be trampled on by those same people.  I made a conscience decision to be kind to others, but to share my heart with very few.  This has made for a bit of a lonely journey, but God has always given me at least one person during the different seasons of my life that I was able to call that one in a thousand confidant!

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The Art of Celebrating Easter: More Joy, Less Bingeing

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Every year the Church asks 1.2 billion faithful Catholics to pray, fast, and give alms more for 40 days (plus a few for the Triduum and such) to prepare for 50 days of celebrating Jesus’ resurrection.  

If you asked those 1.2 billion people which is longer, Lent or Easter, how many would realize it’s Easter?  

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Tis the Gift to Be Simple

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“I wished we lived in a world where everything was as simple as it is for my six-year-old son.”  This was the thought that swam around my head over and over today as I watched his joyful face and stamina as he competed in his FIRST Track Meet.  This was not just any track meet, but instead it was a track meet full of children who have different “special” needs.  He did every, single event from throwing the discus, to running an obstacle course, and then his favorite…the long jump.  He did it all with a smile on his face, never complaining if he did not get it the first time and cheered for himself no matter how “good” or “not good” he did, according to the world’s standards.  Those standards did not matter to him…he did it with joy, and he did it for the glory of God. 

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Your Family Needs St. Joseph...Now!

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Seriously, if you have a family and/or are employed, you need St. Joseph!

 Two months ago, I would likely have taken one look at an article with this title and kept on scrolling.  It’s not that I was anti-St. Joseph or anything.  It’s just that I’ve never experienced “needing” anyone outside of my family to take care of my family.  These kinds of articles tend to talk about people who lived long ago, did important stuff, and are now saints we should build a devotion to.

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Hope, Joy, and Pink

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We have entered the “joyful” week of lent!  The fourth Sunday, which in our house is affectionately called, “PINK Sunday!”  Of course, we know that it is Laetare Sunday, but I have a lot of priest friends and I am married to a deacon, and they loudly proclaim that they are wearing rose, NOT pink.  (Of course, I disagree and chalk it up to them being color blind 😊)

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Two Common Spiritual Temptations

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“Do not fear what may happen tomorrow. The same loving God who cares for you today will care for you tomorrow and every day. God will either shield you from suffering or will give you unfailing strength to bear it. Be at peace, then, and put aside all anxious thoughts and imaginings.” - St Francis de Sales

I like this quote because it addresses two big spiritual temptations that I always struggle with. 

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