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Month: March 2017

Becoming Comfortable in Your Faith

This Easter is the 19th Easter since becoming Catholic. I remember those first Masses after making my First Communion. The RCIA classes had prepared me with the knowledge and background on what it meant to be Catholic. However, I remember feeling uncomfortable in the “how” to be Catholic. I was quite nervous. Trying to make sure that I was standing, sitting and kneeling at the right times; for fear of somebody saying something. Because, well, you know, everybody was watching me, the new guy. Over the years, I had moments like this and still do. I am at lector and...

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A New Heart and a New Spirit

“Cast away from you all the crimes you have committed, says the LORD, and make for yourselves a new heart and a new spirit.”  — Ezekiel 18:31 For whatever reason, Old Testament readings are the most challenging for me to put my head around. However, this verse and what precedes it, are pretty straightforward. The Lord’s message is simple: those that sin shall die; those that turn away from sin shall live. My Lenten Challenge During the season of Lent, we are called to turn away from sin, to repent for our sins. It is a time to reflect on...

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A Lenten Sacrifice to Improve Our Relationships

“What are you giving up for Lent?” This is a question that’s being asked in Catholic households, including ours. In years past I have given up different things, like drinking beer, soda, liquor. I have also taken a different approach by working on something in my own character, like yelling at my kids less, working on improving a relationship. It’s in this vein that I came across this article today, “Give up this Bad Relationship Habit For Lent” by Dr. Gregory Popcak on the Catholic Exchange website. Dr. Popcak suggests that we give up loving our comfort zones more...

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