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Saturday, January 30, 2016
Friday, January 29, 2016
They are brokers of hope, agents of mercy, a few kindred spirits, who like friends of the paralytic who brought him to Jesus, bring souls to the Sacrament of Confession who are either paralyzed by fear of judgment or rendered emotionally immobile. Many times I have arranged meetings at places like this, in the shadow of the shrine of the Basilica, to bring people back to the Lord. Let us pray in this year of Mercy for an increase of trust in God's forgiveness. Jesus I trust in You.
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Wednesday, January 27, 2016
Monday, January 25, 2016
Sunday, January 24, 2016
Sunday is a day of the Eucharist, day of rest, day of the family. Here's a game to help relax. #DiesDomini
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Thursday, January 21, 2016
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Hey Saul, why so jealous of David? God loves you. He just loves others differently. Be happy with what you got and let gratitude guard your thoughts, lest in chasing others' gifts, you become incapable of enjoying your own.
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Wednesday, January 20, 2016
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Credo in unum Deum Teaching seminarians to memorize the Mass in the mother tongue. Bonus points to whoever can spot the spelling mistakes.
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Monday, January 18, 2016
Wednesday, January 13, 2016
Tuesday, January 12, 2016
People spend entire lifetimes trying to be strong, beautiful, smart, or perfect, because they lack deep down inside the Love that embraces their weakness, ugliness, darkness, and faults. The strongest, most beautiful, and intelligent thing you can do is give God permission to love you. If you do, you only just want to be yourself, and that's perfect.
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Monday, January 11, 2016
If it's off key, off balance, engenders paranoia, a disturbed kind of anxiety, a mistrust of everybody, makes you hypercritical, rash in your judgment, arrogant in your assessment of situations and people, rude in conduct, even if it is clothed as an angel of light and the most beautiful of ideas or "piety" I wouldn't touch it with a ten foot pole. IT'S NOT GOD. Charity makes you real, calm, humble, and the tell tale mark is simple human kindness.
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Saturday, January 9, 2016
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On this Saturday, like Jesus, I desire to rest in the Heart of my Immaculate Mother. O Mary conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to Thee.
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Friday, January 8, 2016
"Beauty will save the world." -Dostoyevsky Finding great peace in contemplating Baby Jesus touching Mary's face.
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Wednesday, January 6, 2016
Way back Wednesday photo when I was a candidate to SOLT in Belize, Central America, with Fr Tony Blount.
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Sunday, January 3, 2016
What are New Year's resolutions? -The CAN BE good if you are realistic first about the evaluation of your life, and about actual steps you will truly make to improve it. -It is FAR BETTER to examine your life at the end of each day and adjust daily your real behavior based on actual experience, making resolutions that are one step, not ten, in the right direction. Catholics do this every time at Night Prayer, or Compline. -Being truly realistic and honest WITH yourself means you exercise a certain level of suspicion in your own capacity to keep promises. Are your resolutions measurable in time or resources? If not they are probably pie in the sky and pretty ideas with no teeth. Make reachable goals. Accomplish them. Set new ones. Daily. -Being honest ABOUT yourself means that you also avoid self-loathing, undue harsh self-criticism that isn't founded on the Love God has for you but the negative self perception that is born from the dark shadow of not yet accepting His undying love in all the cracks and corners of your misery. God is patient with you, why aren't you? -Thus resolutions of changed behavior are based on true Hope, neither on false presumption, nor on empty despair, but that the Love gives true hope for actual change for the better. -Real resolutions must needs be reflected in your relationships of those closest to you. The people around you that you see are the most immediate mirror of how you actually behave. Are they better off or do they have to recover from contact with you? Do rejoice them or do you embitter them? -They engender hope, joy, and enthusiasm for life lived fully alive and well.
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Saturday, January 2, 2016
"Hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out into our hearts through the holy Spirit that has been given to us." Romans 5:5 This new year God has a plan for you. It includes sorrowful and joyful mysteries, and the more you direct your spirit to Him, the closer you permit Him to walk each hour with you. Thank you Lord for every blessing this new year, especially every trial yet to be faced, in which You prove Your steadfast merciful Presence.
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Friday, January 1, 2016
The best invention since the padded kneeler: air conditioned confessional in the tropics. #PraiseGod #Cool
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The Virgin Mother bore, or carried, not originated, God become man, Jesus. Holy Day of Obligation - get thee to Mass.
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