Faith, Family, and Fatherhood

A fishy story from the Bible

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A fishy story from the Bible

Peter: ...and I kid you not.  I threw the line in just as Jesus told me and I pulled out this enormous fish.  I mean, I fought him for a good 10 minutes... Thomas: Peter: ...no really, and then, when I finally got him to shore, I opened his mouth and there was a coin worth exactly twice the Temple tax just like Jesus said. Thomas: Peter: What? Thomas: I doubt that's what really happened... There are a lot of great fish stories in the bible but this one truly is a whopper.  Sandwiched between miracles, parables, and the Transfiguration...

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Every Light in the House

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Every Light in the House

Luke 12:32-48 I’m probably dating myself but there’s a country song by Trace Adkins I used to love to sing that pops into my head whenever I read a Gospel passage like this. Lucky for you, I’ll simply list the chorus lyrics here rather than sing it: “Every light in the house is onThe backyard's bright as the crack of dawnThe front walk looks like runway lightsIt's kinda like noon in the dead of nightEvery light in the house is onJust in case you ever do get tired of being goneEvery light in the house is on.” How many of...

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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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Giving God the Gift of Self

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Giving God the Gift of Self

When I was a child my parents would give me money to purchase birthday and Christmas gifts for my siblings and for them.  I would take the few dollars given to me and buy some toys for my brothers and some trinkets for my parents.  As I look back I realize that they gifted me the money that I used to purchase a gift for them.  Essentially, they purchased their own gifts but they allowed me to play a part.  They allowed me to use that gift of money along with my own knowledge and creativity to pick out a...

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Learning to think as God thinks.

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Learning to think as God thinks.

Matthew 16:13-23 St. Dominic On my journey back to the Catholic Church after years of selfish living I was invited by a Catholic gentleman to join the Knights of Columbus. This man was part of my life when I was a member of the Boy Scouts. Now, after years of wandering, he was ready to accept me, forgive me, and bring me back into the Church and into that fellowship of men. We worked on many projects together and I held him in high regard. When news came that he had an inoperable brain tumor the parish was shocked. He,...

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