The Good Shepard

A religion teacher tells this story:  "I'm one of thirteen children. One day when I was playing in the street of our hometown, I got thirsty and came into the…

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A Deep Inner Peace

Catherine Doherty dedicated her life to the gospel without compromise. In one of her books, Grace in Every Season, she wrote these very wise words: “One of the basic fruits…

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Divine Mercy

As we celebrate Divine Mercy Sunday, I’d like to share a little story with you. We are encouraged to see and understand the important connection between sin and mercy. Because…

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An Ocean of Possibility

At the beginning of the Easter Vigil there are words spoken as the Pashal Candle is being prepared. These words can easily get lost in the activity that is taking…

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Faith in God

There’s a scary verse that we just heard from the Book of Genesis. I wonder if you picked it up. Here it is: “God put Abraham to the test”. Yikes!…

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You are not alone

Friendship, C. S. Lewis said, often begins with the following observation between two strangers: “What? You too? I thought I was the only one.” When you face a difficulty, isn’t…

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Start of a New Life

An elderly priest making rounds in a prison came upon a despondent young man. “Leave me alone, Father. I’m no good, said the young man. “Everything I have touched has…

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In God’s Hands

A man sits by himself at the far end of the bar. He stares absently into his drink and hears these words coming from somewhere in the room: ...and when…

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Let the demons out

Steve was a hot-head. There was no doubt about it. If anyone gave him any push back whatsoever you could see the face get red, the lips shut tight, and…

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What are we designed to do?

My nephew gave me a rather unusual gift this Christmas. It was a book called, “Meditations”; not the meditations of Saint Teresa of Avila, or Saint Augustine, or Thomas Merton…

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Walking with Jesus

Alan was in his early fifties. He sat in the pew of his parish church waiting for the 10:00 Mass to begin. He was there with his wife and two…

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