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Lenten Obstacle Course

Not an Obstacle Course to Easter

“Lent is not an obstacle course to Easter.” It was a familiar phrase during my time attending Georgetown University, repeated early and often throughout Lent by one of the Jesuits. “Lent is not an obstacle course to Easter.” Take a minute and really think about it.  Almost everything we do in Lent is just an […]

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Ash Wednesday – Things I Need to Know

Here is you go-to list for things you need to know about Ash Wednesday. This much loved and feared day seems to come out of nowhere each year and leaves many Catholics saying, “Oh, man, is Lent already?” and others asking, “What should I be giving up for Lent?” We have already had a wonderful […]

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Indulgences

“The doctrine and practice of indulgences in the Church are closely linked to the sacrament of Penance. What is an indulgence? An indulgence is a remission before God of the temporal punishment due to sins whose guilt has already been forgiven, which the faithful Christian who is duly disposed gains under certain prescribed conditions through […]

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30th Sunday in Ordinary Time

As I was reflecting on the readings for this Sunday I was struck by a couple of reccurring themes: consolation and rejoicing. In the first reading from Jeremiah we hear of the rejoicing of the people of Israel in the consolation of returning to their homeland. God said, “I will console them and guide them”, […]

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It is more important to BE LOVED, than to GIVE LOVE

Shocking isn’t it? But it’s true. Upon listening to Catholic radio on my drive in to work in the morning (which I suggest everyone do, whether through a local station or streaming on an app, as it is so much better than local news and radio), I heard a conversation that focused on addiction. A […]

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