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A recent article from a prominent online news source called on Pope Francis to end the practice of praying “Lord I am not worthy that you should enter under my roof, but only say the word and my soul shall be healed” before Holy Communion. The author, a self-described “healed ex-Catholic,” called it negative reinforcement […]

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Are You a Fan or a Follower?

Jesus: Are You a Fan or a Follower?

An Everyday Stewardship Reflection for the 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time Facebook, Twitter, and other forms of social media can be powerful tools of communication. They allow people to stay in touch. They provide an avenue for fresh ideas. People can be engaged in conversations and be exposed to issues of the day in ways […]

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10 Points on Good Stewardship

10 Points on Good Stewardship for Students

The stewardship way of life is for everyone, even those who are young. As students go back to school as another summer has passed, it is a great time to reflect on how a student is called to live out his or her stewardship. Here are 10 things to focus on as the academic year […]

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Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Today is the Feast of the Assumption. Although it is not a holy day of obligation for Catholics in the US, it is still a very important day in the life of the Church. Feasts dedicated to Mary say more about her son, Jesus, than herself. I would love to share with you Scott Hahn’s […]

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All through Love and Nothing through Fear

For Sunday, August 21, 2016, 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time Isaiah offers us a vision of utter inclusivity and welcome: “From them I will send fugitives to the nations … and they shall proclaim my glory among the nations. They shall bring all your brothers and sisters from all the nations as an offering to the […]

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Faith and family

Living with Authenticity

An Everyday Stewardship Reflection for 20th Sunday in Ordinary Time 2016 Politics and religion are supposed to be two topics you never bring up at family gatherings because they often drive wedges between people who love each other. It would be far easier to talk about pop culture and other frivolous topics than politics and […]

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Causing Discomfort for the Comfortable

For Sunday, August 14, 2016, 20th Sunday in Ordinary Time The experience of the human spiritual journey cannot be summed up easily for there are as many different experiences as there are humans. No two journeys are alike. Most stories of conversion span years or decades, yet that is not to discount or discredit those […]

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Reimagining the Examen

Get This App: Reimagining the Examen

I love to find tools to help Everyday Stewards on their daily walk and today I want to share one such tool with you–the Reimagining the Examen app. If you are familiar with Everyday Stewardship spirituality, you know that the prayers of St. Ignatius of Loyola play a big part in our daily life, especially […]

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Patience is a Virtue

Patience is a Virtue

Patience is a virtue. At least that’s what they say. Many think it was Geoffrey Chaucer in The Canterbury Tales who first used the saying when he wrote, “patience is a great virtue of perfection.” However, it was actually William Langland  in his poem, “The Vision of Piers” written in 1370. Now the poem was in Middle English, so […]

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10 Must Haves for Your Parish Website

  An important tool for effectively communicating the vibrancy of your parish A parish website is not a plot of land on the Internet, a billboard, or directory listing of events. A parish website is a destination for seekers to learn more about Jesus Christ and parishioners’ window into their world of faith. If your […]

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Faith in the Desert

For Sunday, August 7, 2016, 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time The situation seemed impossible! It had started out as a morning excursion to a nearby site, The Springs, in the Judean Desert. Since we had an average temperature of over 100 degrees for the last two months, The Springs drew us with visions of “cool, clear, […]

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Father Jacques Hamel, Pray for Us

The recent murder of Father Jacques Hamel is too horrible to imagine. How it happened is contained in this article from the UK’s Mirror. Let us pray for our world and ask for Fr. Hamel’s intercession, for he is a martyr who now is with God. From the Catechism of the Catholic Church: 2473 Martyrdom is the supreme […]

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