Faith, Family, and Fatherhood — Mark

Undaunted Faith

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Undaunted Faith

Mark 2:1-12 There is so much to this reading. Every time I read it I think of something different to meditate on. In the past I have always seen the paralytic as merely along for the ride. I have read it with the idea that perhaps he was telling his friends to put him down or to give up. Maybe he was discouraged by the crowd and asked them to simply take him home and they could try another day when Jesus wasn't so busy. Maybe that says more about my personality and what I need to work on. But...

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Asking God for Signs

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Asking God for Signs

Mark 1:14-20 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 patient when we ask for...

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John the Baptist, a martyr for marriage.

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John the Baptist, a martyr for marriage.

The Passion of St. John the Baptist The late Father John Hardon often said that sexual immorality often ends in homicide. I would add that it can also end in spiritual homicide or suicide. When humans seek to follow their own base desires in the area of sexuality, death is often the result. By misusing the very faculty designed by the Lord to bring forth life, death enters in.  Death is often the result because of an attempt to hide evidence or in some sick, twisted way, remove the guilt. A rapist may kill his victim so that she may...

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The Least

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The Least

Mark 9:33-37 Once bitten twice shy is the saying and I think it applies to the first part of today's Gospel reading. Jesus tells the disciples of His coming Passion for the second time. Scripture says, "they did not understand the saying, and they were afraid to question him." Again we see the disciples thinking as man thinks and not as God thinks. Therefore they didn't understand how this sort of thing could happen to the Messiah. Why were they afraid to ask Jesus any questions? Perhaps they were afraid that He would call them "Satan" as He did Peter....

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Feast of the Transfiguration - Go for the Glow

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Today the Church celebrates the Feast of the Transfiguration.  In this video meditation we take a look at who is transfigured and how that affects us today.


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