Faith, Family, and Fatherhood — Advent2016

Bringing the Paralyzed to Jesus

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Bringing the Paralyzed to Jesus

Luke 5:17-26 Have you ever been paralyzed? This could be physical, emotional, or spiritual paralyzation. I think many of us have been paralyzed at some time or another. We know the agony that comes with desiring to do something but not being able to will ourselves to do it. So there we sit, stuck in a rut or flat on a mat, waiting for something or someone to heal us. Do you know someone who is paralyzed right now? Again, this could be physical, emotional, or spiritual. Do you know someone who is depressed and cannot lift themselves out of...

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Jesus' House of Healing

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Jesus' House of Healing

*The Advent Scripture Challenge is hosted by Real Life Rosary.  During this season of Advent we are using the book 4 Simple Steps to Better Meditations (FREE PDF DOWNLOAD) to dive deeper into reading the daily scriptures.  Please click any of links for more information.  Join our Facebook Group to stay up to date.  What follows are my thoughts and prayers from today's readings using the 4 Simple Steps Method and Worksheet. Step #1 - Clear the Mind. Today I am distracted by the things I need to get done around the house but don't have the time due to my...

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Waiting on a Sign

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Waiting on a Sign

Mark 4:18-22 Feast of St. Andrew, Apostle If you are like me, you have probably asked God for a sign at one time in your life. I can think of at least a dozen times when I have asked God for some sort of sign. I have asked for signs that would help me make a decision. I have asked for signs to show me what I was to do in life. I have asked for signs to help me win the lottery - hey, I'm a weak, sinful, selfish human person who is still loved by God! God is...

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St. Nicholas Day Gift Ideas

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St. Nicholas Day Gift Ideas

If you are like me, St. Nicolas Day, Advent, and Christmas all sneak up on me way too fast and I'm never prepared.  It often feels like it goes so fast that I don't get to enjoy it! This year I'm working on doing little things that will help me keep my focus on Christ.  One thing that I'm doing and I'll invite you to do also is the Advent Scripture Challenge.  Over 200 of us in our Facebook group are reading the daily readings and sharing our thoughts and meditations.  We are using the book 4 Simple Steps for...

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A Thief in the Night

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A Thief in the Night

I have often struggled with today's Gospel because the parable appears to portray Jesus as a thief. We know from His discourse on being the Good Shepherd that a thief comes after the flock only to steal and destroy. How then can the Lord Jesus, the Divine Physician and Divine Lover, be a thief? I believe the key to this passage is the word "night". Night, throughout scripture, is associated with sin and deception. We can think of Issac being deceived in the darkness (poor eyesight) by his son Jacob whose very name means - the deceiver. We can see...

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