Monthly Archives: April 2012

October Baby and the struggle with commitment

October Baby and a test of commitment Lately I’ve been thinking about a reflection my brother (Fr. Paul Rutten) gave on our cultures struggle with commitment; whether it is a commitment to a party or a married relationship, our culture … Continue reading

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Prayer to Our Lady of Good Counsel

Posted by Monsignor Charles Mangan + J.M.J.  “Short Prayer to Mary Most Holy of Good Counsel to Implore Her Protection” (from 1796) O Mary of Good Counsel, inflame the hearts of all who are devoted to you, so that all … Continue reading

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Trust and Respond to God’s Call

Hands lifted up in supplication to God will always be strengthened to serve him.  Look at all the great saints who did incredible works though they had nothing.  God glorifies himself by calling us to trust in him and by … Continue reading

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Discernment and Interior Freedom

Posted by Fr. James Mason: Look at some of the practical steps in discerning.  First the facts, what am I discerning? Second, prayer, have I prayed on this?  Simple question but often overlooked, may be it is only a suggestion from another who … Continue reading

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Addressing Moral Political Issues

Posted by Dr. Martin Albl: Although Rick Santorum exited the race for the Republican Presidential nomination, he did bring some important issues into the national spotlight. A key contribution was his insistence that we cannot find the solution to our … Continue reading

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The Inviting Road to Emmaus

Posted by Monsignor Charles M. Mangan + J.M.J. After His Resurrection, Jesus showed Himself to His disciples at various times and in various ways. One of the most poignant manifestations of His risen glory is the revelation to the two disciples making … Continue reading

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Mary, Star of the Sea

Posted by Monsignor Charles M. Mangan +  J.M.J. “Take away this star of the sun which illuminates the world: where does the day go? Take away Mary, this Star of the sea, of the great and boundless sea: what is left but … Continue reading

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The Victory of the Resurrection

Jesus’ Resurrection changes everything.  Without it, his would have been another life ended in death, and our human condition would still be doomed to its fallen state.  By contrast, the gates of Heaven were opened, the glory of God was … Continue reading

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Father, forgive them…

As Jesus hangs upon the cross he utters these incredible words; “Father, forgive them for they know not what they do.” Have these words truly sunk into our own lives? How often are we quick to justify our actions, our … Continue reading

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Holy Thursday

This evening the Church invites us to begin the three days liturgy known as the Sacred Triduum. It will begin with Holy Thursday and end with the Easter Vigil. It will take us through the last days of our Lord’s … Continue reading

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