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"The family that prays together stays together." - Venerable Patrick Peyton

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The Give and Take of Lenten Goals

Every month, I set goals for myself. Sitting down and writing out what I want to accomplish focuses me and helps me to juggle the various aspects of my life—one step in moving toward an often elusive work-life blend. Often, I overshoot. Sometimes, the balls I'm juggling all come crashing to the ground.

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Lent activities  |  Lenten Devotions  |  family prayer

Made for Heaven: First Week of Lent

On the first Sunday of Lent, we hear the story of Jesus’ temptation in the desert. Fr. Agustino explains that Jesus went into the desert to heal what took place in the garden with Adam and Eve. Our own journey into the desert this Lent in which we offer our prayers, sacrifices, and offerings is to redeem those parts within us that are in need of redemption. What do you need to be freed from this Lent?

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Celebrating family life  |  Lenten Reflections  |  family prayer

A Sweet Visitation

New life is abundant in the springtime. Newborn fawns, little bunnies, and fresh white lambs seem to suddenly appear. As much as it may be anticipated each year, the charm of ducklings in a row, flowers adorning even the trees, and the birdsong's beauty are always more magical than remembered from the spring before.

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Love thy Neighbor

Practicing the Faith We Profess - Weekly Homily Blog

The three main pillars of Lent are prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. Today’s first reading from the Book of the Prophet Isaiah teaches us about the kind of fasting that the Lord honors. In the reading, the Lord speaking through the Prophet Isaiah says that if you fast yet at the same time go on and mistreat your workers, underpay them, quarrel, gossip about others, fight other people – what kind of fast is that? How do you expect Me to honor your fast?

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Celebrating family life

Realizing Lent

One of our grandsons is preparing for First Communion and recently practiced for first reception of the Sacrament of Reconciliation. With just a little humor, I asked his parent if the young one had been “repentant” during the practice. I was told that it was “just practice.” I wonder what a seven-year-old understands by repentance and reconciliation. At seven, we all knew what it was to hurt, feel guilt, be alone, or wish we hadn’t done or said something. We understood the need for healing and to have friendship restored.

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Choosing Life by Choosing God - Weekday Homily Video

Moses' message to the Israelites and us reaches a decision point when he says, "I have set before you life and death, the blessing and the curse….choose life." What led up to that dichotomous choice was the promise that if the Israelites obeyed God's commandments and walked with God lovingly, they would prosper, as would their future generations.

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