Faith, Family, and Fatherhood — John

Cleansing of the Temple: A Poem

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Cleansing of the Temple: A Poem

Saturday November 9th Basilica of St. John Lateran (The Pope's Cathedral) in Rome Feast of the Dedication of the Basilica of St. John Lateran, Rome John 2:13-22 The temple was filled, With dirt and grime, Selling and cheating, Lying and crime. Zeal for the temple, Consumed Our Lord. Turning over tables, Many looked for the door. There is no escape, From the filth inside, Except by a scourging, Of our deepest pride. The temple, the body. The whip, confession. Read the Gospel closely, To understand this lesson. The body is the temple, Of the Holy Spirit, this is true. Christ...

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What will Purgatory be like?

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What will Purgatory be like?

What will Purgatory be like?  I've often wondered about this very question and I think it's one worth pondering today, the Feast of All Souls. From the Daily Roman Missal - "The Church, after celebrating the feast of All Saints, today prays for all who, in the purifying suffering of purgatory, await the day when they will join in their company.  The celebration of the Mass, which re-enacts the sacrifice of Calvary, has always been the principal means by which the Church fulfills the great commandment of charity toward the dead.  We can also relieve their sufferings through our prayers,...

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Lift High the Cross of Christ!!

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Lift High the Cross of Christ!!

Saturday, September 14th – Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross The cross is not pretty. It is not jewelry nor is it decoration. It is a symbol of a form of brutal, merciless capital punishment. Yet I venerate it with my very being. In fact, today I kissed the reliquary holding a piece of the True Cross at a local parish. I may kneel before a cross or crucifix lost in prayer for hours. It seems absurd. It seems ridiculous, like a man saying prayers, lifting heart, mind, and soul to the Almighty, and moved to do so...

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Proof of a Relationship with Jesus

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Proof of a Relationship with Jesus

John 1:45-51 Relationships are interesting things. They are interesting because for the most part there is no “real” way to prove that they exist. I have a very close relationship with my wife. However, there is no concrete proof that the relationship really exists. I could show you my wedding ring but that’s just a symbol and anyone off the street can have a golden band without having a relationship. I could show you my children, a “product” or “result” of the said relationship, but here too the “proof” could be dismissed because it really doesn’t give evidence that my...

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Bearing fruit in everyday life.

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Bearing fruit in everyday life.

Feast of Saint Lawrence, deacon and martyr I wish I had taken a picture of our garden shortly after planting in the spring. It would be a barren picture of brown-grey dirt, empty, and by all appearances lifeless. Yet deep in that soil new life was beginning. Those dying seeds were about to rise to a new and a more fruitful life. The tiny sunflower seed, only a half an inch long, has sprung forth to a flower that towers 14 feet above the garden. The almost invisible lettuce seeds have died and in their death emerged with layer upon...

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