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"The family that prays together stays together." - Venerable Patrick Peyton
Holy lives of inspiration | Return to the Church
My name is Nicodemus. My name means I was a victor among the people. One night my wife asked where I was going. "Out," I said. "You know the Pharisees. It's urgent." She said, "But Nicodemus, it's midnight. Is it that young troublemaker again? You haven't been yourself since you heard about Jesus. You said He was dangerous."
Healing the family | Strengthening family unity
A man on a business trip for about two weeks went out for breakfast. When the waitress came to his table, she asked, "What can I get you?" The man paused and said, "I'll tell you what. I'd like the special, but I want my toast burned to a crisp, my bacon like a piece of rubber, my coffee weak, and when you bring me the food, I want you to yell at me." Puzzled, the waitress said, "What are you, crazy?" "No," said the man, "I'm just homesick."
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Holy lives of inspiration | Seasonal Reflections
Last week, here in the United States, we had the finals of what is called March Madness, the college basketball championship. The students of the winning team are still basking in the glory of that final basketball game. Congratulations and pats on the back are still being given to the players. Although they want to hold on to that special moment, it quickly fades. The coaches are already thinking about recruiting new players and making plans for all the other aspects of next season.
What comes to mind when you hear the name Judas? Most of us think of betrayal first. Judas betrayed Jesus. Judas struck a deal with the authorities. Judas is the one who sold Jesus out. The second thing that comes to mind is a sense of relief. The disciples gazed at one another, uncertain which one was the betrayer. "Lord, who is it?" one of them asks, but they all want to know. It could be any of them, judging by their uncertainty and question. When Jesus gave Judas the piece of bread, I'm sure Peter and the others breathed a sigh of relief.
Dad: "Kids, it’s time for bed." Kids: "Throw us in bed! Dad, throw us in bed!" (Dad picks a kid up in his arms.) Dad: "Did I ever tell you about the three men in the book of Daniel who were thrown into the fiery furnace?" Kids: "No!" Dad: "Their names were... Shadrach... Meshach... and ToBedYouGo!
We are in a new phase of Lent. There is no longer a focus on penance, but on promise. Taking its inspiration from the prophet Isaiah, it describes God's promise to Israel. During the Babylonian exile, Israel felt that God had forgotten them because of their grievous sin. They believed God had "kicked them to the curb" or "thrown them under the bus." God uses picturesque figures of speech to reassure them of his love, despite the discipline he had enforced.