The Light and the Dark

When the cravings of the five senses are tempered, the soul is more apt to perceive the deeper realities of the sacred mysteries. How can we learn to temper our five senses, then, in order to help our souls be more attentive to the arrival of the Bridegroom?

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52 Sundays Brings Families Closer to Christ

Although Sunday has long since been a day designated to God, it rarely is. The Archdiocese of Detroit is trying to change that with its family resource, “52 Sundays.” It includes reflections on saints, a prayer activity, and a recipe for each week.

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We Are Not Made For This World

Living As A Witness

The world will always let us down eventually because we are not made for this world. The Solemnity and readings this weekend help us remember this truth by surrounding us with faithful witnesses who we can look up to and emulate.

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Calculating Love

The truth is, the modern world increasingly seems to have no real idea what love is or how to determine when love is real. That makes the seemingly simple words of Jesus about loving God and your neighbor very complex indeed.

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4 Steps for GivingTuesday in a Pandemic

Because of the virtual shift in everyday life as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, any charitable efforts will likely be electronic in nature. So how can your parish participate in the global philanthropic event GivingTuesday, and how is donor behavior changing?

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Love The Lord, Your God

Growing in Love of God and Neighbor

What presently has your heart? What occupies your mind? And what are you trying to gain at perhaps the cost of your soul? How can you love God with all you have? How can we love God with all our heart surrounded by so many others whom we love?

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When God chose you and me, He had all the information needed to make the choice, and He chose us anyway! I don’t know about you, but if given the chance I’m not sure I’d have chosen myself. God sees in me something that at times seems hidden to me.

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The Flip Side of DIY

Your parishioners do have the ability to sign up for parish communications and online giving — unfortunately, that doesn’t mean they always will. To actively connect with your parishioners, sometimes you need to make the first move — here’s how.

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Made In God's Image

Feet in Two Worlds

We have to keep our feet in two places. While we are of this world, we also are members of another. It is challenging to attend to our civil obligations and duties while remaining loyal to the greater truth that God is God and there is no other.

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Respond with Love

Do you remember a time when you spent much time or money on a surprise or gift for someone else and they failed to appreciate it? We do open ourselves up to disappointment if our expectations do not match the response.

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Does your website accurately portray your parish?

When selecting a church, many people will look at your website first to get a sense of your parish. Bad design, out-of-date information, or an unclear sense of your focus has the potential to derail any efforts to attract new members. Here are a few ways to stay on track.

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Prepare For The Feast

Invited to the Feast

What’s at stake in this Sunday’s Gospel are the same themes of the end of time and judgment that we found in last week’s Gospel. Jesus is pulling the rug from beneath our feet. Remember, this isn’t just a nice story. Parables are intended to throw us off balance.

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