Confession and the Fig Tree

In this Sunday’s Gospel Jesus speaks of repentance and gives the parable of the fig tree. In the Sacrament of Reconciliation, we find the gardener who will not give up on us, as we kneel before the mercy of God — again and again and again.

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The Resurrection and Spiritual Hangriness

Hangriness is when you’re so hungry you get angry. You turn into a real piece of work. You can’t get anything done and you’re probably not a joy to be around, at least until you grab a snack. Everybody gets this way sometimes. We can be this way in our souls, too.

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Sharing Easter Joy: Tips for reaching out to your neighborhood on Easter weekend

This Easter season, here are ways to engage the wider community when your church enjoys a period of high visibility. Proclaim the joyful news of our Resurrected Lord on the most important holiday weekend of the spring season.

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It Is Good We Are Here

The mystical works of our unfathomable God are often unexplainable and even inconceivable, yet that does not make them any less magnificently true! As the apostles saw Jesus transfigured upon the mountain, but we glimpse his glory in the Eucharist.

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Filling the Basket This Lent

Many of us will participate in the time-honored tradition of doing penance, or “giving something up” for Lent. When we do this, we are mimicking the Israelites who filled their baskets with the first fruits of their harvest, “and having set them before the Lord, your God, (bowing) down in his presence” (Deuteronomy 26:10). What are we going to bring before the Lord this Lent?

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Fresh Ideas for Your Spring FUNdraiser

Many parishes and church organizations need fundraisers but worry about how people may respond to them reaching out for additional assistance. Here are some innovative, delightful, easy, with great profit-potential, ways to raise funds for your parish.

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Growing Pains

Here is the reason for Lent: to make temptation our friend. There is no doubt that we sin, even though we often prefer to forget or deny that fact. We are sinners. Given that fact, every temptation becomes an opportunity to choose either for grace or sin.

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Planted in the House of the Lord

Forrest Gump said life is like a box of chocolates. I say, we’re all like grab-bags of produce dumped on someone’s doorstep — but if we’re Christians who live our faith publicly, we’re stamped with the name of God. If your thumb is green enough, you know that you can tell a lot about a gardener from the produce he grows. We who are planted in the house of the Lord — what do we reveal about our Gardener?

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Supporting Your Team: Protecting Against Burnout

You’ve probably noticed signs of stress and fatigue as your staff continues to navigate ever-evolving information and protocols, all while maintaining their regular tasks and responsibilities. Here are a few ideas to help safeguard your staff from burnout.

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Thanking God for Missing Spears

I think if we look, we can all find a “missing spear moment” in our lives, when it hits us right in the gut that God has kept us safe from an impending disaster. This can be physical disaster, sure — but more commonly, I think it is spiritual disaster. Often the salvation comes through the gift of a person, or people, through whom God reveals His mercy.

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Give Us This Joyful Season

The Season of Lent is a time for Christians to “get back to basics,” focusing on the quality of our discipleship. This means that Lent isn’t an end in itself. Rather, Lent — which comes from an Old English word meaning “springtime” — is ultimately oriented toward our celebrations of the Resurrection at Easter and our renewal of our Baptism Promises on Easter Sunday.

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Tips for Targeted Email Messaging

In the United States, 90% of citizens aged 15-64 use email, and 84% of citizens 65+. This means that most of your community has email addresses, and they check their email. But what can you do to get them to open parish communications? Try targeted email messaging.

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