Faith, Family, and Fatherhood

How to never sin, well, almost never.

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How to never sin, well, almost never.

"In all you do, remember the end of your life, and then you will never sin." - Sirach 7:36 Lately I have been meditating a great deal on the end of my life. Since the death of my grandmother and the death of my wife's grandfather, I have taken many an opportunity to think about life, death, judgement, and what is really important. As I think back with fondness on the lives of these dear people I have a persistent thought that they are gone from this world. In due time, even their happy memory living in my heart and...

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The most wonderful time of the year!

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The most wonderful time of the year!

You know the tune... It's the most wonderful time of the year With fish fries a smelling and everyone telling you "try giving up beer" It's the most wonderful time of the year. It's the pray-prayingest season of all with weekly prayer meetings and mission priest greetings out in the church hall It's the pray-prayingest season of all There'll be stations for praying and rosaries saying And lovely desserts to forgo There'll be sacrifice stories and tales of the glories of Lenten times long, long ago It's the most wonderful time of the year There'll be much ashes showing on...

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Preparing for your Lenten Marathon.

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Preparing for your Lenten Marathon.

For Catholics and other Christians, Lent is a sort of New Year. It is a time to examine ones life, compare it to the life of Christ, and work toward bringing the former more into line with the latter. Like New Year, it is filled with resolutions and vows, promises of penance and change. It is a time of death for old habits and a time of rebirth or rejuvenation for the soul. However, there also lies hidden in Lent a very serious and dangerous trick of the devil. The temptation presented by the Father of Lies is to “overdo”...

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Be a Fool for Christ's sake!

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Be a Fool for Christ's sake!

Mark 3:20-21 I often wonder what life would be like for St. Francis if he were to live in our day. What would it be like if a friend of ours renounced the successful family business his father owned and chose a life of poverty? What would our reaction be if a friend we went to high school with showed up at our door dressed in burlap asking for the scraps from our dinner or extra building materials we may have in the basement? Most likely you and I would smile, offer them a cup of coffee, and then call...

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We're on a Pilgrimage

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We're on a Pilgrimage

Mark 3:7-12 I don't like crowds. I am the type of person who stays away from a crowd. I don't do well at football games or concerts. You can imagine my anxiety level when I took a youth group to Toronto in 2002 for World Youth Day. There I was sleeping in a field, soaked to the bone with close to a million of my closest friends. But it was all worth it. The lack of food, the long hike, the downpours, the heat, the sweat, the blisters, the fatigue was all worth it. It was a tremendous blessing to...

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