Faith, Family, and Fatherhood — Lent2017

The Garden of our Soul

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The Garden of our Soul

Wednesday of Holy Week I recently gave a parish mission and one of the topics covered confession with special emphasis on the value of frequent confession. While studying in preparation I discovered this wonderful quote from the Catechism of the Catholic Church: 1863 Venial sin weakens charity; it manifests a disordered affection for created goods; it impedes the soul's progress in the exercise of the virtues and the practice of the moral good; it merits temporal punishment. Deliberate and unrepented venial sin disposes us little by little to commit mortal sin. However venial sin does not break the covenant with...

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Into the Night

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Into the Night

Wednesday of Holy Week John 13:21-33, 36-38 The sadness of Christ for the coming sin this one shared his table his cup, once a friend. Betrayal, deceit, and lies who is it Lord? surely, it is not I One who sits and sups one who witnessed all one who values passing things one who Satan calls Betrayal, deceit, and lies who is it Lord? surely, it is not I. Upon his breast his beloved this morsel do you see to him whom I give one last attempt a friend to be. Betrayal, deceit, and lies who is it Lord? surely,...

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Love your enemy

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The prayer God always answers.

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The prayer God always answers.

In today's Gospel Jesus says, "...what man of you, if his son asks him for bread, will give him a stone?  Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a serpent?" What man indeed? We know, or at least we think we know, how to give good gifts to our children. When it comes to the basic needs, we know what good gifts to give. However, our children do not always want those good things we have to offer. They often want the stone instead of bread or the serpent instead of a fish. You and I are no...

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What I Have Failed To Do

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What I Have Failed To Do

I believe today's Gospel passage completely destroys my "but I'm a good person" argument. I often like to compare myself with others and say, "well, at least I'm not like this person. At least I'm not - murdering, stealing, committing adultery (insert potential mortal sin here)." However, this passage mentions none of those sinful things and yet I still see folks cast into "the eternal fire prepared for the Devil and his angels." Most of us grow up learning about the sins we shouldn't commit. We are taught to follow the Ten Commandments and avoid doing evil things. Unfortunately, we...

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