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Becoming Like Children

“When you love someone, you want to touch them.” That was the answer of a second grader at a First Holy Communion Mass when asked why we receive the Eucharist.  At first, this answer sounds a bit odd…a bit simple.  But think about this for a moment.  We love God so, so much, yes? We […]

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Does Jesus Ask You to Hate Your Parents?

“Whoever loves father or mother more than me, is not worthy of me…” This is a hard saying from Jesus, especially in its alternative form found in Luke’s gospel: “if anyone comes to me without hating his father or mother…” Would Jesus really ask us to hate our parents, even when the fourth commandment expressly […]

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Jesus, the model parent

There are so many ways in which I wish I could be more Christ-like. Of course, we all strive for these qualities, as we should, but it never ceases to amaze me how many new and different ways Christ shows me the ways to be better than I am. I realized another facet recently. Patience. […]

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The Importance of Prayer

We sometimes both compartmentalize and limit ourselves in our faith, because we place more importance on things such as work, socializing, having fun, etc. We minimize our faith without meaning to. We simply forget about it in the hustle and bustle of everyday life. In order to avoid putting our faith in a box and […]

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Mary of Bethany’s Genius

The Papist has abounded lately in articles about the beauty of “useless” things and the importance of leisure.  These are great and timely topics, and I’d be remiss not to put in my own two cents. When I open my Bible in search of fodder for meditation I am often drawn to the episodes involving that […]

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