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You Don’t Have to Be a Saint to Save Someone

One of the biggest internal obstacles to people sharing the Gospel is their own personal sense of sinfulness. “How can I tell others to live more Christ-like when I don’t live the way I should?” This is the question that…

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Get Up Again

Human beings make mistakes. “To err is human”, famously writes Alexander Pope.  This means we human beings need forgiveness. A lot of forgiveness! Peter asked Jesus, “Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? As…

The Disease of Secret Sin

In my last article I contrasted public sin and private sin. However, I felt like I wasn’t able to give proper attention to the latter as I was to the former. So allow me to expand on my reflections here….

Yes, You are Enough!

In You Are Enough: What Women of the Bible Teach You About Your Mission and Worth.author Danielle Bean helped me trust the goodness of God through the struggles and victories of fascinating Old Testament women. She writes, “It can be…

Public Sin vs. Private Sin

Brebeuf Jesuit High School in Indiana has been at the center of a news story. One of their faculty members has entered into a same-sex “marriage.” The Archbishop of Indianapolis urged the school to dismiss the teacher for giving public…

The Passion Suffered by the Heart of Jesus: Prayerful Reflections on the Stations of the Cross

I did not know that St. Pope John Paul II had written a scriptural Stations of the Cross in 1991. These stations go deeply into the passion, death and resurrection of Jesus. Laura Marie Durant, OCDS, has written a deeply…

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Wanting

To want something badly is a characteristic human experience. Some things we want so badly that we go to extremes to get them, which can lead to wrongdoing. This is why, of the seven deadly sins, four of them are…

Promoting Life in a Culture of Death

Responses to Abortion Memes

As I wrote in my last article, the culture war surrounding abortion has heated up. One of the things that I’ve noted is new and strange memes that the pro-abortion side has unleashed. A meme is an idea that gets…

The Holy Spirit and Disney

The high school production of Mary Poppins was glorious and magical! My granddaughter Nancy played Mrs. Banks, the mother of the children who hires Mary Poppins when she unexpectedly shows up to be their nanny. In the musical based on…

Sharing your Catholic Faith Story: Tools, Tips and Testimonies, by Nancy H.C. Ward

I believe we all have a story. And it’s not done until we have left this world for heaven. I love other people’s stories, reminding me of how God pursues us all differently; the still, small whisper is heard in…