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January 29, 2018 - Bringing Glory to God Through Personal Testimony

Monday of the Fourth Week in Ordinary Time

Scripture Readings

One of the most important aspects of discipleship is sharing what Jesus has done in my life. Today's Scriptures testify to this in a striking way. Hearing another person's story, or telling our own, inspires everyone involved. Personal testimony about how God has worked in our lives brings glory to God in a manner that is unique and powerful.

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January 28, 2018 - Holiness is a Personal, Family, and Social Pursuit

Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Scripture Readings

At every visit home, one of the greatest edification I receive is from my parent’s spirituality. First of all, they are two very genuine people. So I believe that their spiritual life is also genuine. Their hour-long morning and evening prayer, their selfless intercession for every need of the world, their participation in daily mass, their devotional practices and corporal works of mercy are truly inspirational. Not once have I felt that my priestly holiness and spirituality is superior to theirs. In fact, I have felt that the opposite is true. I know that my parent’s holiness far exceeds mine. And I know this to be true about them not only as retired people but even when I was a child. For that matter, there are many people in this congregation of whom I would say the same thing. 

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January 27, 2018 - Boats, Naps, and Prayer

Saturday of the Third Week in Ordinary Time

Scripture Readings

It is striking how the same passage can speak into our lives in so many different ways.  I have read this gospel a number of times and always find encouragement or conviction in a new area.  This time it was conviction.  I read the passage and thought to myself, “This is my prayer life.”

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January 26, 2018 - Grandma Lois

Memorial of Saints Timothy and Titus, bishops

Scripture Readings

“As I recall your sincere faith that first lived in your grandmother Lois… I am confident lives also in you.” - 2 Timothy 1:5

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January 25, 2018 - Conversion as a Process

Feast of the Conversion of Saint Paul, Apostle

Scripture Readings

After I graduated from high school I fell away from the Church. Truthfully, in my heart, I had fallen away long before that. Although my entire education took place in Roman Catholic schools, it felt very oppressing and I was only going through the motions from the time I was a sophomore in high school my mid-twenties. That is when my husband and I started our family and I knew we must care for the spirituality of our children. While I did all the things I was supposed to do as far as educating and informing our children about the Catholic faith, I had never had a personal experience of Jesus. Now I know how important that was.

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