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Pray, Date, Marry – via NC Register

Great relationship advice from Sarah Swafford: it’s stuff I learned years ago, but it’s always nice to have it reinforced and hear it from a different perspective. I’m probably gonna check out her books soon.

Humor and Holiness =)

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Just had to share a joke I heard at Mass today:

A young man was walking out of church after Mass when the priest stopped him. The priest told him, “You should be in the Army of the Lord!” The young man smiled and said, “I am in the Army of the Lord.” The priest then asked, “If you’re in the Army of the Lord, how come I only see you at Mass on Christmas and Easter?”

The young man leaned in closer to the priest and whispered, “I’m a secret agent.”

😀

[edit]: I’d like to add one thing: in the spiritual warfare we are all involved in, in the battle between good and evil, love and hatred, it is quite clear that the war cannot be won by secret agents. Do not be afraid: take arms and fight!

If you’re Catholic and you haven’t been to Reconciliation in a while, here’s food for thought.
If you have been to Reconciliation recently, here’s food for thought 🙂
One of my favorite quotes is: “The Church is a hospital for sinners, not a hotel for saints!” 🙂

HEARTS ON FIRE

The Miraculous Mercy of God Pictures, Images and Photos

In my life time, the Sacrament of Reconciliation has gone from one of the most frequently celebrated to one of the least. There were usually long lines every week and not before Christmas and Easter.  Part of the reason for this has to do with misconceptions people have about this sacrament. Here is a by-no-means-complete list of misconceptions.

01.  Most people come to the sacrament with the idea that it is God who will change rather than themselves.  The idea is that God seemingly withholds forgiveness until the sinner has sought and deserved it.  But the fact is that reconciliation requires no change in God, but rather a change in us:  God’s healing.

02.  It is commonly misunderstood that the initiative rests with the penitent, but in the gospels it is the other way around.  Jesus offers forgiveness, urges it upon his hearers, and always makes the approach.  In February…

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Welcome to my new blog!

Hi everyone, and welcome to my brand new blog! If you didn’t know, today is Mardi Gras (Fat Tuesday), which makes tomorrow Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent, which is the penitential liturgical season which prepares us for Holy Week, which recalls the suffering and death of Jesus Christ on the cross on Good Friday, and culminates in Easter Sunday, celebrating Jesus’s resurrection from the dead, giving the faithful hope in eternal life with him. Traditionally during Lent, one takes up practices of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving (charity) to help grow in our personal relationship with God.

I’ll talk more about Lent in the next post, but one of things I’ve chosen to do this year is start up this blog as a tool to help me better witness to Christ and fulfill his command to spread the Gospel as a part of the Church he founded on Earth. The Catholic Church has placed an emphasis on the New Evangelization, first articulated by Blessed Pope John Paul II, which means finding new, creative, and inspiring ways to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ. In keeping with this missionary spirit, I’ll be sharing interesting articles that I come across as well as some of my own writings and reflections, which hopefully lead you (and me!) to greater relationship with Christ and his Church. I hope this blog is a helpful resource to you, but even more so, I hope that it honors and glorifies God. As the Jesuits say, Ad Maiorem Dei Gloriam! (For the Greater Glory of God!)