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

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The Steps of Zacchaeus: Family Reflection Video

Zacchaeus was wealthy and famous. Although he was a Jew, he enjoyed power and prestige in the society of the Romans because he was a rich tax collector. Zacchaeus’, the name means, “pure and clean” in Hebrew, but ironically, in the eyes of his contemporaries, he was considered “dirty,” dirty as the lepers and harlots. However, deep within him, he had a hunger for a forgiving God. Upon hearing that Jesus was passing through his town, he ventured out and climbed up a sycamore tree to catch a glimpse of him.

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God Lives in Us - Family Reflection Video

There is a story about a little girl standing with her grandfather by an old-fashioned open well. They had just lowered a bucket and had drawn some water to drink. The little girl asked, “Where does God live?”

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God's Dwelling Places: Family Reflection Video

Constantine, the first Christian emperor, built a church on land that once belonged to the Laterani family. This church was the forerunner of the present-day Basilica, which dates back to the 4th century. Emperor Constantine was baptized in the Baptistery attached to the Basilica. 

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Have a Little Faith - Family Reflection Video

Have a little faith. Maybe you’ve had someone say those words to you, or perhaps you’ve said them to someone to offer them hope during a tough time. These words form the title of a good Mitch Albom book about two men (one a rabbi and the other a protestant minister) whose lives encourage others to believe in God when everything around them signals that they should give up and throw in the towel. 

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Searching for God - Family Reflection Video

Are you familiar with the frustration of trying to find something you've lost? I sometimes forget where I put my keys, cell phone, or an important document. As strange as it may sound, my fountain pen was once one of those small things. Whenever I lose this pen, I feel a bit lost. I rejoice every time I find it again, usually hidden somewhere in my backpack. We also find ourselves searching for people.

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The Great Beginning – Family Reflection Video

Chucuito is the name of the remote rural parish in the Andes Mountains of Southern Peru, on the shores of Lake Titicaca, where I was assigned as a deacon, before being ordained a priest. I thank God for how my 3 years there as a young priest formed me in profound ways. My first Feast of All Souls there was an amazing experience.

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