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

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Love thy Neighbor  |  Strengthening family unity

Where You Go, I Shall Go - Family Reflection Video

This gospel today reminded me of the Old Testament story about Ruth, the daughter-in-law of Naomi. Naomi’s sons married; but both sons died and the daughters-in-law, according to tradition, were free to return to their original homeland. But ever faithful Ruth would not abandon Naomi, saying to her: "Wherever you go I shall go, wherever you live so I shall live; your people will be my people and your God will be my God too."

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Holy lives of inspiration  |  Love thy Neighbor

Getting Out of Our Own Way - Family Reflection Video

When I was a kid, we used to love watching the "The Three Stooges." It's a special genre, the old vaudevillian, exaggerated physical comedy; "The Three Stooges" featuring Moe, Larry, and Curley. The question from today’s gospel, "Why do you notice the splinter in your brother’s eye, but not perceive the wooden beam in your own eye", always makes me smile and think about that classic show - but also the reality of how I'm doing when it comes to "measuring" my own faults.

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Love thy Neighbor  |  Why pray?

Being Vigilant and Regaining Our Balance with Jesus - Family Reflection Video

Today’s readings caused me to think about being vigilant in our faith life and at times regaining our spiritual balance. They also brought me back to last week when my Mom and I were walking our dog and came upon a neighbor who lost her balance and suddenly hopped out of her sandals. I offered to help and as she steadied herself using my arm as a support, our dog, Erin, gave a warning bark.

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Love thy Neighbor

Getting Power Over the Urge to Retaliate - Family Reflection Video

Two monks lived in a cave for over ten years. One day, one of them proposed, "Let’s do what the world does." "What does the world do?", asked the second. "Well, they quarrel," said the first. "So, how do we begin a quarrel?" asked the second monk.

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Healing the family  |  Love thy Neighbor

Coming to Terms with Anger: Family Reflection Video

The words of Jesus today can make us feel worried. He said, "Everyone who grows angry with his brother shall be liable to judgment" (Mt. 5:21). Is there anyone here or joining online who has never been angry? Even Jesus got angry a few times, but he used it in the right way and for the right purpose. 

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Holy lives of inspiration  |  Love thy Neighbor

The Company of Jesus - Family Reflection Video

As I read about Jesus in the gospel today, walking to Jerusalem with twelve of his disciples, I was reminded of the Band of Brothers: a brotherhood of soldiers on their walk to face the prospect of death and the ravages of war. As Jesus shared his fate with his own band of brothers, I began to ask myself what could be going on in the minds of the twelve? What was their reaction when Jesus told the disciples what was going to happen to Him, and to them?

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