Faith, Family, and Fatherhood — Advent2017

An Eternal Family Tree

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Matthew 1:18-25

I often like to contemplate the chain of events that brought me to existence. I wonder what sort of things had to happen for my father and mother to meet. Then I dive deeper in grandparents, great-grandparents and on and on. Could one missed appointment have meant my not being born? Could a premature death changed our family's lineage forever?

I also like to think about the people in...

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Christmas Gift Guide for Dad

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Christmas is right around the corner and if you are like me, you are probably reading this on Christmas Eve wondering why Amazon hasn't got that whole delivery within an hour or drone thing going on.  If it is the day before Christmas, I may be able to help you out but I'd suggest bookmarking this article for next year.

Below you will find a list of ideas for dad on Christmas. These ideas are based...

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A Mother Who Keeps Her Promises

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Our Lady of Guadalupe

Luke 1:26-38 or 39-47

Over the past couple weeks I have witnessed the Rite of the Catechumenate at two different parishes. Those seeking admission to the Catechumenate are asked two primary questions. First, they are asked, "What do you ask of God's Church?" To which they reply, "faith." Second, they are asked, "What does faith offer you?" And they reply simply, "eternal...

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Bringing Others to Jesus

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Monday, December 11th, 2017

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...

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Conceived Without Fear

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Conceived Without Fear

Friday, December 8th, 2017 Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception What do you think you would do if you were to come face to face with God this very instant? We all like to imagine what we would do, but if we were honest with ourselves we would admit that we would probably want to crawl under the closest rock. Even though we may have just come back from Confession and Mass, we would still know that we are not worthy to stand in the presence of God. Throughout Scripture we are given examples of how people react to encounters with...

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