2019

February 22

Chosen and Destined

St. Peter’s first letter, from a renewed, forgiven and enlightened heart, teaches his followers to walk in their identity and destiny.

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February 21

I Don’t Know the Man

St. Peter falls, as Jesus prophesied. Confronting his utter poverty and weakness, doing the very thing he did not want to do, and protested that he would never do!

 

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February 20

They Fell on Their Faces

Peter, James and John on the Mount of Transfiguration. Peter raised again to spiritual heights.

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February 19

Get Behind Me, Satan!

Jesus’ rebukes St. Peter for being duped by Satan and being on the side of men rather than God.

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February 18

Blessed are You Simon Bar Jonah!

The Father reveals Jesus as “Messiah and Son of God” to St. Peter.

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February 15

The Devil’s Domination Over Man

What obstacles do you face in engaging this battle? 

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February 14

Man Prefers Himself

The central temptation underlying the utopian, neo-gnostic projects that are driving the attack on the Judeo-Christian worldview.

 

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February 13

Original Sin

The strategy of the Devil in our time is includes the denial of original sin. How is that strategy playing out in our time? 

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February 12

Be Watchful!

Jesus and the apostles exhort us to be alert, be watchful and to be awake to the reality of the spiritual battle we are all in.

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February 11

Conflict of the Kingdoms

Life on earth includes the inescapable reality of the battle between the Kingdom of Light and the Kingdom of Darkness. How is the battle unfolding in our time?

 

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February 8

The Promises of God

As children of God, united to Jesus, we receive all that he has promised. 

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February 7

The Definition of Christian Identity

What is the foundation of Christian identity? 

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February 6

What Every Human Being Must Come to Know

What must we know and what must we do to be saved?

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February 5

Jesus is Our Lord

The Christian confesses with confidence that, “Jesus is the Lord”, “Jesus is my Lord”, and “Jesus is our Lord”. 

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February 4

Understanding Jesus as Lord and Christ

What did the apostles mean when they proclaimed that Jesus Christ is Lord?

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February 1

Jesus is Savior, Christ and Lord

The fundamental truths at the heart of the “Good News” are revealed in the words: Jesus Christ is Lord.

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January 31

The Last Days

St. Peter declared that the ‘last days’ had begun with the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on Pentecost. What did he mean?

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January 30

How to Access Eternal Life

What was the method the apostles used to bring people the gift of salvation? 

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January 29

Clothed with Power

Jesus told the apostles that they needed to be “clothed with power from on high” in order to fulfill their mission. What did he mean?

 

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January 28

Eternal Life, the Essence of Christianity

What is the essence of Christianity? What is the Good News at the heart of the Church’s proclamation of Jesus as Lord?

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January 25

White Boarding

Rachel shares stories of how she and her roommates are taking concrete steps to grow as disciples of Christ.

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January 24

In Hope We are Saved

Rachel and Peter reflect on St. Paul’s words from Romans 8 regarding the freedom of the sons and daughters of God.

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January 23

Chosen and Destined

Peter and Rachel discuss the meaning of St. Peter’s words, that those who are in Christ have been chosen, destined and sanctified by the Holy Spirit.

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January 22

The Power of Gods Word

Rachel and Peter discuss key passages from the Bible that open up God’s plan and purpose for us.

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January 21

Working for the Catholic Conference

Rachel describes the mission of the Conference and some of the challenging work she is engaged in.

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January 18

Mobilizing Men

John shares how the Lord has led some of the men in his parish to commit their time and talent to supporting one another and to engaging a broader mission to the men in their parish.

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January 17

John’s Healing

John shares the amazing story of his being healed from leukemia.

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January 16

Priest, Prophet, King

John’s conversion led to a change in his willingness and desire to become a spiritual leader, in his marriage, his home, at work and among the men at his parish.

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January 15

Engaging the Mission

John Goff shares how he first came alive in his faith as a Catholic and how that impacted his marriage. 

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January 14

Jesus, the Heir of All Things

Peter comments on the majesty and power of Jesus who is the heir of all things. 

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January 11

The Testimony of the Father

The Father testifies that eternal life can be found only in His beloved Son.

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January 10

Do You Know and Believe in God’s Love for You?

St. John identifies personal knowledge and belief in the love of God as a fundamental characteristic of the Christian life.

 

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January 9

Confidence on the Day of Judgment

What is the source of our confidence before God? 

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January 8

The Spirit of the Antichrist

What is the Antichrist spirit, and how is his worked manifested in the Church and in the world? 

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January 7

What is the Essence of Christianity?

Eternal life!

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January 4

Perfected in Love

How is God’s love perfected in us? 

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January 3

Walking in the Truth

St. John challenges us to live the truth, to walk in it. What does that mean?

 

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January 2

Coming into the Light

St. John reminds us that to be a follower of Jesus means that we are to live as he lived, to embrace his way of life.

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January 1

Mary, Our Mother

Today we celebrate the extraordinary gift of Mary, the Mother of God, which means that Mary is not only the Mother of Jesus, but she is our mother in the life of grace.

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2018

December 31

We Are Gods Children Now

St. John the Apostle rejoices in the fact that our baptism into Christ makes us God’s beloved children. Accepting this truth, and all its implications, is the key to receiving the full joy Jesus wants to give us. 

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December 28

God is Light

St. John tells us that God is life and light. What does he mean?

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December 27

John, the Beloved Apostle

St. John, the beloved disciple, helps us understand the full implication of Jesus’ incarnation, that is, his coming the flesh. 

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December 26

The Martyrdom of St. Stephen

Why does the Church give us the story of St. Stephen’s martyrdom the day after Christmas?

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December 25

Merry Christmas!

The birth of Jesus, Our Lord, is the greatest gift any one of us could ever receive. The Savior, the Christ, who is Lord of all has come to us that we might share in all that belongs to him.

 

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December 24

Prepare the Way

The angel Gabriel appears to both Zechariah, John the Baptists father, and to Mary, the mother of Jesus, the Mother of God.

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December 21

Draw Near to the Lord!

In these last days leading up to the celebration of Christmas, lets draw near to the Lord in order to receive the grace he has in store for us.

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December 20

Light the Darkness

Only through the grace of God, through the indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit can we be a light in the darkness. 

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December 19

The Holy Spirit and Fire!

Jesus is the one who baptizes in the Holy Spirit. What does that mean?

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December 18

The Spirit is Upon You!

Jesus is the one who is anointed, filled with the Holy Spirit.  He has come to give us a share in his own Spirit. 

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December 17

Rejoice Always!

St. Paul gives us the secret to walking in peace. 

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December 14

The Two Ways

Advent provides a challenge and moment of perspective to all of us, leading us into the way that leads to life.

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December 13

The Meaning of Your Life

Do you know and understand the real meaning of your life? Have you found it?

 

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December 12

Our Lady of Guadalupe

Peter reflects on the life of Our Lady and the miracle of Guadalupe.

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December 11

Clothed with Power

Jesus’ power to heal; and the Church’s power to heal.

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December 10

Jesus Heals the Paralytic

What is revealed in the dramatic story of Jesus forgiving the sins and healing the body of the paralytic? 

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December 7

Living in the Promises of Christ

The promises of Jesus bring life and hope to every circumstance. 

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December 6

Declaring the Truth

To gain the freedom the Lord intends for us, Sean underlines an important fact: declaring the truth about who we are in Christ—on a daily basis—releases the power needed for it to become a reality.

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December 5

Encounter School of Ministry

Sean describes how the Lord has brought deeper healing, freedom and empowerment to his life through the Encounter School of Ministry. 

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December 4

His Truth is True for You!

Sean reminds us that the words of the Bible, the truth that is proclaimed, is true for each and everyone of us. 

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December 3

Living with a Renewed Mind

Sean shares his story of conversion and the grace he experienced to live in freedom from habit patterns of sin that had plagued him.

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November 30

The Judge of the Living and the Dead

What does the Church say about Jesus’ final coming and judgment? 

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November 29

The Warrior King

Jesus is a warrior King! He will definitively destroy all opposition to the Father’s Kingdom when he comes again in His glory.

 

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November 28

He Must Be Pre-eminent!

Jesus is Lord! That is the cry of the Church. The key question for all of us, is he first, pre-eminent, is he Lord of my life?

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November 27

Jesus, Center and Goal of History

The Fathers of the Second Vatican Council declared with full confidence and authority the utter uniqueness of Jesus. What did they say?

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November 26

Who is this King?

This final week of the Church year is a celebration of the Kingship of Jesus. 

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November 23

John Sees the King!

The Holy Spirit gives John a revelation of the Lordship and majesty of Jesus, which enables John to see himself and the churches he is caring for in relationship to Jesus.

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November 22

Behold, He is Coming!

The Book of Revelation is filled with a sense of anticipation of the coming of the Lord, a call to be ready for His return.

 

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November 21

A Kingdom of Priests

The Church is a Kingdom of Priests, a nation of people who offer their lives corporately and individually as a living sacrifice to God.

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November 20

The Identity of Jesus

St. John declares some of the titles of Jesus, which reveal profound truth about his unique character. 

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November 19

Living with a Faith Vision

John, the writer of the Book of Revelation, provides a beautiful example of what it means to live with a renewed mind.

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November 16

Your Storyline

Living the truth in ones life is to live according to the storyline God is writing for our lives.

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November 15

New Life in the Son

We have been given real power to live a new way of life, one that knows the love and pleasure of God firsthand.

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November 14

Pleasures Forever More

King David tells us that true pleasure, everlasting pleasure are in the right hand of the Lord.

 

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November 13

Power to Live in Love

To know that Christ dwells in us is to experience the love of God the Father, a love that heals us and gives us a new capacity and power to live like Jesus. 

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November 12

Test Your Faith!

St. Paul asks us a crucial question: Do you know that Christ dwells in you?

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November 9

Content in All Circumstances

Is it possible to live with peace and contentment in this world?

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November 8

Its All Dung!

St. Paul describes how he evaluates what really matters in life.

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November 7

Highly Exalted

God the Father has determined that his beloved Son will be exalted above all others, forever. Every knee will bow and every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord!

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November 6

He Emptied Himself

What does it mean to be like Jesus? 

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November 5

To Live is Christ

St. Paul has found the meaning of life, not just for him, but for the whole world! 

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November 2

What Do You Want?

What is the biggest obstacle to our becoming saints? 

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November 1

How to Become a Saint #1

Fr. Thomas Dubay identifies common characteristics found in the lives of the saints.

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October 31

Be Angry but Do Not Sin

St. Paul provides practical teaching on what “putting on the new man” looks like.

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October 30

A Renewed Mind

The battlefield is in the mind. To put on the new man means first to acquire a fresh new spiritual way of thinking, that is, the mind of Christ.

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October 29

Put Off the Old Man

St. Paul reminds us that to become a saint means putting off our former way of living and to put on the new man that is Christ Jesus. 

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October 26

Estelatus Mission

Estelatus shares how the mission of preaching and ministry that began with him in the prison continued once he was released. 

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October 25

Estelatus Conversion

Estelatus shares the beautiful story of his conversion while in prison.

 

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October 24

Estelatus Troubles

Estelatus shares his story of his wayward years, steeped in crime which ultimately ended with six years imprisonment. 

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October 23

Access in One Spirit

St. Paul gives us a beautiful picture of the effects of Jesus’ passion, death and resurrection: he brings us peace with God and peace between Jew and Gentile. Once enemies now one in the Holy Spirit.

 

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October 22

The Biblical Worldview

St. Paul provides a powerful summary of the fundamental realities of the biblical worldview.

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October 19

Be Warned O Kings!

The Lord warns the Kings who oppose him to be wise, to fear him, so they can find life.

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October 18

God Laughs

How does God respond to the vain thing the Kings of the earth have done? 

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October 17

The Kings of the Earth

The Kings and rulers of the earth set themselves against the Lord.

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October 16

The Two Ways

The Psalmist reminds us, there are only two ways: the way of the blessed or the way of the wicked.

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October 15

Getting Free from Strongholds

The Lord has given us weapons to use in this time of spiritual combat.

 

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October 12

Engaging the Battle

The Church is being purified so she can be renewed. The purification is at its core a spiritual battle, one that we all must take up.

 

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October 11

Exposing the Strongholds

The Lord is disciplining his Church, in part, to break spiritual strongholds that are crippling the Church and her mission.

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October 10

The Trial of Evil

The catechism tells us that the unavoidable trial of evil that the Church must endure, “ushers in the struggles of the last days.”

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October 9

A Time of Distress

The catechism tells us this is a time “marked by ‘distress’ and the trial of evil which does not spare the Church.”

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October 8

Christ Dwells in His Church

To understand the times we’re living in we first need to understand that Jesus is Lord of all. As the catechism says, “Christ is Lord of the cosmos and history.” 

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October 5

The Kerygma

Steve describes the importance of discovering the Kerygma, the core message of the gospel, the central message of the New Evangelization.

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October 4

Taking It to the Streets

Steve talks about how he eventually led others to join him in sharing the gospel on the streets.

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October 3

Pro-life Testimony

Steve tells a moving story about a young woman who changed her mind about having an abortion after Steve shared the gospel with her.

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October 2

Miraculous Medal

Steve shares how he got the inspiration to begin St. Paul Street Evangelization.

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October 1

Steve’s Conversion

Steve shares the steps that led to his conversion.

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September 28

The Lord is My Helper!

It’s of the utmost importance for us to hear, to listen, to the one who is speaking to us through this time of discipline and purification.

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September 27

They Know God’s Decree

God our Father wants to bring us into the freedom of Jesus, His beloved Son. 

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September 26

To Share His Holiness

Why does God our Father discipline us: so we can share His holiness. 

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September 25

He Disciplines Those Whom He Loves

The Church today is experiencing the discipline of our loving Father. 

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September 24

Silence

If we find a place of silence within, and listen, we will hear the voice of our Father.

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September 21

Bring Down Strongholds

To enter into the freedom of the Holy Spirit we must do battle against Satan and his demons who try to erect strongholds in our minds that prevent us from living in the truth.

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September 20

What No Eye Has Seen

The Holy Spirit has come to give us a new heart, to give power to become children of God, to impart to us a deep, life-changing affection for God.

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September 19

The Folly of the Cross?

The cross of Jesus looks to the world like folly: a failed messiah, cursed. But the cross is just the opposite, it reveals and is, the wisdom and power of God!

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September 18

Beloved Children of God

The Holy Spirit gives us the power to understand and live as children of God.

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September 17

The Gift of the Holy Spirit

The most precious gift any human being could ever receive in this world is the gift of the Holy Spirit.

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September 14

Reflections on St. Jacinta and St. Francesco

Ralph Martin highlights the unique response each of the visionaries made to Mary’s appearing. 

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September 13

Vision of Hell

Mary reveals to the children the stark reality of Hell and the need to make reparation for the sins of the world.

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September 12

Mary’s First Appearance

Mary comes to the children and begins to reveal the mission Jesus has for them.

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September 11

Outraging the Heart of God

The Angel reveals to the children that God is profoundly offended by the sins of the world.

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September 10

Meeting the Angel

The children are addressed by an angel sent from heaven who teaches them how to pray.

 

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September 7

Walking in Him

Cynthia talks about becoming a Catholic, being profoundly inspired by the “theology of the body.”

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September 6

Coming Home

Cynthia shares her story of attending her first Catholic Mass and consequent decision to enter RCIA.

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September 5

Rescued

Cynthia shares an amazing story of the Lord hearing her prayer for help at a moment when she was about to give in to temptation to walk away from her sobriety.

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September 4

Covenant Love

Cynthia shares her story of encountering the Lord’s covenant love.

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September 3

Facing Addiction

Cynthia tells her story of battling alcohol and drug addiction. Hope and truth begin to break into her life through the witness a young Catholic man she met at work.

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August 31

The Slavery of Untruth

Where does the post-Christian utopian vision of reality lead?

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August 30

Christian Identity

Where does identity really come from? 

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August 29

The Collapse of Christendom

The Christian moral and spiritual vision that has informed our Western Civilization for 1500 years or more is being overthrown.

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August 28

Understanding Our Times

We are living through a change of the ages. What is it all about?

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August 27

The Eucharist: Our Hope

The Eucharist is the great “sign of the times” because it is the sign that eternity has entered time.

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August 24

Be A Saint!

Who are the wisest people on earth? The saints. 

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August 23

The Way of Wisdom

Jesus is the way, the way of the Father’s wisdom for each and every human being.

 

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August 22

The Foolishness of the Cross

Why is the cross considered foolishness to the world?

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August 21

The Wisdom of God

What is the wisdom of God? How does one find it? 

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August 20

Mary, God’s Choice

God’s ways are not our ways. The choice of Mary, Our Lady, is a dramatic example of just how different God’s ways are. 

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August 17

Joy in Serving Jesus

Fr. Jim Rolph shares about the inspiring work he is doing as Chaplain of Flint Powers Catholic High School.

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August 16

Fr. Jim Rolph’s Story

Fr. Jim Rolph shares his story of conversion and discernment process he went through in becoming a priest. 

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August 15

id916

Katelyn and Katie describe the inspiring work they are doing through the young adult ministry id916.

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August 14

Katie’s Story

Katie Perrotta shares her story of conversion and mission. 

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August 13

Katelyn’s Story

Katelyn Miller shares her story of conversion and mission.

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August 10

An Eternal Weight of Glory

Dr. Anderberg shares insight into the power of living with an eternal perspective. 

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August 9

The Death of His Sons

Dr. Anderberg shares the heartbreaking experience of the death of his two sons. 

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August 8

Signs and Wonders

Dr. Anderberg shares how he experienced the Lord working through his medical practice. 

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August 7

Praying Together as a Couple

Dr. Anderberg describes how prayer became the foundation of his marriage and work.

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August 6

Baptist becomes Catholic

Dr. Anderberg shares his experience of becoming a Catholic.

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August 3

Manifestation of the Spirit

Fr. Ed describes the various ways in which the Holy Spirit equips us for mission. 

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August 2

Sober Intoxication

What does it mean to be intoxicated by the Holy Spirit? 

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August 1

Who is the Holy Spirit?

Fr. Ed explains the meaning of key Biblical terms used to describe the Holy Spirit.

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July 31

The Power of Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit brings power to live differently. What does that look like?

 

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July 30

We Cry Abba

Fr. Ed and Peter discuss the meaning of becoming adopted sons and daughters of God.

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July 27

The Face of Christ

The gospel is the instrument through which the light of revelation is shed into the human heart.

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July 26

A Revelation of Jesus Christ

St. Paul said he received, “a revelation of Jesus”. What did he mean?

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July 25

The Father's Anger

Jesus’ warnings about the consequences of sin is strong and a significant part of his preaching. He speaks with consistent urgency, teaching us to make a break with habit patterns of sin. 

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July 24

He Delivered Us

St. Paul tells us that Jesus delivered us from this present evil age. What does he mean?

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July 23

The Eucharist

Peter reminds us of the beautiful, life-changing gift we are given in the Eucharist.

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July 20

Overcoming Sin

Ralph and Peter discuss the Devils strategy to torpedo Jesus’ purpose through our lives through sin.

 

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July 19

To Live in the Holy Spirit

Ralph and Peter share insight into what it means to walk by the Spirit.

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July 18

Prayer, Union with Jesus

Ralph and Peter discuss the central place prayer plays in the life of a disciple. 

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July 17

Seek First the Kingdom of God

How can we cooperate with Jesus’ High Priestly prayer?

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July 16

Jesus’ Prayer

Ralph shares insights into the prayer of Jesus, that each one of us can share in the love between the Father and the Son.

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July 13

Pray, Pray, Pray

How do we fight evil? 

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July 12

Engaging the Battle

St. John Paul II makes it clear that everyone, all the baptized are called to take up their place in this epic battle.

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July 11

The Battle for the Family

The devil’s ultimate aim in the current battle is to deconstruct and to ultimately destroy marriage and the family.

 

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July 10

The Temptation to Suppress the Truth

The spiritual battle the underlies the vote in Ireland is a battle we are all engaged in.

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July 9

Ireland’s Apostasy

St. John Paul II speaks to Ireland about her moment of decision on a visit in 1979.

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July 6

All In

The Church will flourish in our time if the baptized become disciples.

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July 5

A Radical Change of Life

What does it mean to be converted, to become a disciple of Jesus?

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July 4

Who’s Your Master?

Jesus said a man cannot have two masters. 

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July 3

Deny Yourself

Jesus sets the terms of the relationship. 

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July 2

Follow me

What does it mean to become a follower of Jesus?

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June 29

i.d.9:16

Pete shares a two more tips on how to reach millennials and he concludes with some important information about ID916, the Renewal Ministries outreach to men and women in their 20’s and 30’s.

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June 28

Hope for Millennials

Pete shares characteristics of the millennial generation and ideas on how to reach them with the faith.

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June 27

Chris’ Death

Pete shares inspiring and heart wrenching details about the death of his father Chris.

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June 26

Father and Son

Pete talks about his relationship with his father Chris and how it impacted his life.

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June 25

Team Burak

Pete shares some of practical wisdom from growing up

 

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June 22

Alpha and Omega

Jesus identifies himself as the Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end of all things. And as he told John, he tells us: Fear not!

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June 21

Jesus is Above All Dominion, Power and Authority

St. Paul prays to God the Father that the community in Ephesus, and each one of us, will receive the help we need from God to see Jesus in His glory.

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June 20

Bios and Zoe

C.S. Lewis provides an important distinction in trying to understand what it means that we receive new life, the Christlife, when we are baptized.

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June 19

This Saying is Sure

St. Paul, in his letter to Titus, underlines the essence of what Christ has done for us. He is certain that for all who die in Christ to become “heirs in hope of eternal life.”

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June 18

In Him Was Life

Christianity is not a moral system or philosophy. Christianity is new life, the life of the risen Christ given to all those who believe in him and are baptized into him.

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June 15

Seeing the Unseen

Are you living with an eternal perspective? Is the unseen world more real to you than what you see?

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June 14

The Weight of Glory

St. Paul contrasts the trials of this world with the eternal weight of Glory that awaits all those who live and die in Christ Jesus.

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June 13

Earthen Vessels

St. Paul tells us we bear this great treasure in frail, corruptible bodies. What treasure is he speaking of?

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June 12

Something is Missing in Our Preaching

Fr. Cantalamessa helps us understand why so much of the preaching that happens in the Church today is lacking the dynamism and power that St. Paul is speaking about. 

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June 11

The Glory of Christ

St. Paul gives us a vivid picture of the spiritual warfare that is at the heart of evangelization.

 

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June 8

Be Holy!

How do we respond to this great grace we have been given by Our Lord: “Be holy, as I am holy.”

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June 7

The Power of Christian Hope

The one who hopes lives differently.

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June 6

Beloved, We Are Gods Children Now

The Holy Spirit wants to lead us to live in the freedom of the sons and daughters of God.

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June 5

Look at Jesus!

Jesus prayed for you and me from the cross: “Father, forgive them, they know not what they do.”

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June 4

Battling for Hope

The gift of hope, given to us by the Holy Spirit, must guarded, protected, fed.

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June 4

Live in this world in light of eternity

2Peter 1:2-7

Psalm 91:1-2, 14-15, 15c-16

Mark 12:1-12

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June 1

Indescribable and Glorious Joy

Christianity means change, transformation, a new creation. The change runs so deep that even the most difficult circumstances in life cannot take it away from us.

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May 31

Faith, More Precious Than Gold

St. Peter reminds us that faith, our personal faith in Christ, is a treasure more precious than gold. Why? 

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May 30

The Down Payment

The Holy Spirit is the down payment, the first installment of the full inheritance that awaits us in heaven. 

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May 29

Your Inheritance

Each believer has been given a literal share in the riches and glory that belong to Jesus. What is that inheritance?

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May 28

His Great Mercy

St. Peter reminds the young Christian community in Asia Minor of the great gift of mercy God has bestowed on them in the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.

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May 25

A Prophetic Sign

Sr. Miriam challenges all of us to be a living sign of healing and hope for those around us.

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May 24

Theology of the Body

Sr. Miriam gives a brief description of the meaning of St. John Paul II’s “Theology of the Body”.

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May 23

Be Healed

Sr. Miriam describes the fundamental insights Dr. Bob Schuchts has brought to healing the whole person. 

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May 22

Go Big or Go Home!

Sr. Miriam shares what God can do with a broken life if we let him. 

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May 21

Conversion

With honesty and deep insight into the human heart, Sr. Miriam shares the compelling story of her conversion. 

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May 18

Receive the Gift of the Holy Spirit

Pentecost isn’t simply a past event, it is a present reality. The Church lives by her “perennial Pentecost.” 

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May 17

The Last Days

Pentecost is the beginning of the “last days”, the final chapter of human history, the time of the “Spirit and witness”.

 

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May 16

He Has Spoken Through the Prophets

The prophets of Israel foretell the coming of the Holy Spirit, the promise that the law of God would be written on the hearts of men.

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May 15

Jesus Enters Glory

The Catechism tells us that when Jesus entered heaven, he entered, in his humanity, into the power and authority of God the Father. What does that mean?

 

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May 14

The Ascension

St. Luke gives a clear account of Jesus’ final moments with the apostles before he ascends to the right hand of the Father.

 

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May 11

Seek and You Will Find

Barbara reminds us that God is faithful to his promises. He said, “seek and you shall find.” Barbara’s story is a call to each one of us to trust in the promises of God and to seek him with all your heart.

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May 10

1st Communion with Pope Francis?

Barbara receives her First Communion at St. Peter’s in Rome at a Mass with the Holy Father, Pope Francis.

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May 9

Catechetical Institute

Barbara shares the amazing story of how she became Catholic. 

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May 8

Baptized Catholic?

Barbara, to her great surprise, found out she had been baptized as an infant.

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May 7

Barbara Meets Jesus

Barbara tells the story of how she came to believe in Jesus.

 

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May 4

Worthy to Suffer Dishonor

The apostles rejoiced because they had been found worthy to suffer dishonor for the name of Jesus. Are you?

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May 3

Speak about this Life

An angel comes to release Peter from prison, and he charges them to continue to tell others about “this Life.” Christianity is a new life in the Holy Spirit, a sharing in Jesus’ resurrected life.

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May 2

We Must Speak

St. Peter speaks with boldness before the religious leaders who sought to silence him. Nothing will stop them from proclaiming the Gospel.

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May 1

Filled with the Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit came upon the apostles is their time of need, just as Jesus promised. This promise is for all who are baptized into Jesus.

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April 30

No Other Name

St. Peter causes a stir in the Temple because, in the name of Jesus, he healed a lame man. He then used the opportunity to call all those who were present to repent of their sins and receive forgiveness in Jesus.

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April 27

Rebuild the Church

Dr. Wood gives a stirring challenge for each one of us to respond to the Holy Spirit, to catch the fire, and to take our place in rebuilding the Church.

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April 26

Theology of the Body

The timely, prophetic teaching of St. John Paul II equips the Church with the antidote we need to face the devils attack on the family.

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April 25

Need to Know Him

Christianity is a revelation of God’s story. Dr. Wood provides an inspiring snapshot of central themes and characters in that story.

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April 24

Saving Grace and Athletics

Dr. Wood presents an inspiring picture of how the grace of God equips us to bring down the dragons that are set against us.

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April 23

Why the Book?

Dr. Wood explains the fundamental inspiration for his new book: The Light Entrusted to You.

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April 20

What We Have Seen and Heard

The religious leaders, including the High Priest and his family, warn Peter not to speak about Jesus. How did Peter respond? 

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April 19

Turning Up the Heat

St. Peter speaks a hard word to the Jewish men and leaders who are gathered in the Temple. He speaks the truth in love and calls them to repent and to believe in Jesus. How did they respond? 

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April 18

Peters Message

St. Peter spoke clearly, with courage and passion, telling all those who were present at the miracle of the healing of the lame man in the Temple, that it is by faith in Jesus that he was made whole.

 

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April 17

The Apostles are Faithful to the Message

What is of primary importance for the Church is to be faithful to the message and life Jesus has called us to. The apostles were faithful to the life and message. What is that message?

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April 16

Jesus Opened the Scriptures

Luke’s Gospel provides an account of Jesus’ first resurrection appearance to the apostles. He tells us that Jesus, “Opened their minds to understand the Scriptures.” What does that mean?

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April 13

What I have I give you!

St. Peter heals the lame man at the Beautiful Gate. He said, “Silver and gold have I none, but what I do have I give you. In the name of Jesus of Nazareth, rise and walk.”

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April 12

Live Radically

The Lord is disciplining the Church and bringing judgment upon the world in our time. He’s calling us back to steadfast devotion to the him, to the teaching of the apostles, to the life of a disciple.

 

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April 11

They Held Steadfastly

The Acts of the Apostles tells us that the first believers, those who heard the preaching of the apostles, repented of their sins, entered the waters of baptism, received the Holy Spirit, and held steadfastly to all the apostles taught. 

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April 10

Lord and Christ

St. Peter proclaims the central message of the Church, under the anointing of the Holy Spirit. What did he say?

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April 9

Repentance and Forgiveness is Preached

In Luke’s account of the first resurrection appearance of Jesus to the apostles, Jesus is said to have, “opened their minds to understand the Scriptures.” What did he communicate to them?

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April 6

Pursue the Promises of God!

Jesus calls out to us today through his Church, through the Gospel. He calls us to follow him with everything we’ve got, no matter what the cost. We must pass through the cross to glory!

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April 5

Social Non-conformity

Jesus has shown us the way to eternal life: obedience unto death. He was raised from the dead because of his obedience to the Father. That obedience demanded social non-conformity.

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April 4

Obedience is Life!

Jesus shows us on the cross what love looks like. The Father vindicates all that Jesus said and did by raising him from the dead.

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April 3

Christ in You!

St. Paul tells us that the glory of the mystery of the gospel is “Christ in you, the hope of glory!”

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April 2

The Mystery of Our Religion

Jesus Christ is Risen! 

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March 30

Good Friday

What happened on the Cross of Calvary? What difference does it make in my life today? 

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March 29

Chrism Mass

Peter talks today about the meaning of the Chrism Mass and the Holy Thursday Mass.

 

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March 28

The Suffering Servant

Jesus is the fulfillment of the Suffering Servant Songs from the prophet Isaiah. 

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March 27

The Breaking of the Fellowship

Jesus knows he is about to be betrayed by Judas, denied by Peter; the truth of the sin sick condition of the human heart is revealed even among the twelve.

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March 26

Christ Died for Our Sins

Jesus came to die, to lay down his life in order to put away sin, your sin and mine. 

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March 23

You Are Not of God!

Jesus told the religious leaders that they were not of God. How did he know? Because they refused to believe his word.

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March 22

Your Father the Devil

Jesus tells the religious leaders that the Devil, not Abraham, not God the Father, is their father. Why? Because they do what the Devil desires them to do.

 

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March 21

Continue in My Word

Who is a disciple? The one who receives Jesus’ words and continues in his word. 

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March 20

I Do What Pleases Him

Jesus’ conflict with the Pharisees continues to intensify. He warns them that if they do not believe in him they will die in their sins.

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March 19

The Faith of St. Joseph and Abraham

St. Joseph was a son of Abraham. Abraham believed God, he staked everything on God’s command and promise. St. Joseph did the same. What are you prepared to do?

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March 16

St. Augustine's Battle with Sin

Peter reads the moving account of St. Augustine’s honest account of his battle against sin and his experience of the grace of conversion.

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March 15

Rising at the Voice of His Command

Every human being will hear the voice of the Son of Man and will rise to eternal life or to condemnation. 

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March 14

No Judgment or Condemnation

Jesus has been given the power to give life to whom he chooses and to be the final judge of mankind.

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March 13

He Called God His Father

The drama of Jesus’ passion begins to build as religious leaders push back against his words and deeds.

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March 12

Embracing Lent

Lent is a season of transformation. If we embrace that grace by receiving the Lord’s word into our hearts he will change us. 

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March 9

A Fresh Blossoming is Coming

The Church is being pruned so she can blossom again, for the glory of God and for the salvation of souls. 

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March 8

The Battle to Live by Faith

The battle in our time is for fidelity, faithfulness, for a full embrace of the essence of the faith in the face of an intensely secular culture and a weakened Church. 

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March 7

A Time of Trial and Testing

Pope Benedict XVI, as a young priest, predicted a time of great trial and testing for the Church. That time is now! 

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March 6

Say Yes to Jesus!

Lent is a time to recommit your life to living the faith with your whole heart, to lay hold again, or for the first time, the essence of the faith. 

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March 5

The Essence of Christianity

St. Paul summarizes what is the essence of our faith. 

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March 2

The Call is for All the Baptized

Tim and Peter discuss the fundamental call to mission at the heart of the Christian life. 

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March 1

The Deliverables

Tim explains the five key elements of the ministry of L’Alto.

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February 28

The Birth of L'Alto

Tim shares the story of the genesis of the parish-based ministry L’Alto.

 

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February 27

The Road to Discipleship

Tim shares how he learned, at the Franciscan University of Steubenville, how to walk in the footsteps of Jesus.

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February 26

Encountering the Lord

Tim shares his story of how he encountered Jesus in a life-changing way as a teenager.

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February 23

The Nose

Our prayers are described as incense before God, a sweet smelling aroma before God.

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February 22

Hands and Mouth

The Lord has equipped us to enter into the lives of others, to extend his grace and mercy to those in need. Each encounter is an opportunity to introduce people to the Lord, whether explicit or implicit.

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February 21

The Ears

Are we hearing the voice of the Lord and the voices of those around us?

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February 20

The Eyes

The Lord wants to help us see everyone and everything as he sees it. See that God is already here, everywhere, at work.

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February 19

Walking in the Footsteps of Solanus Casey

Billy shares his story of learning to engage in the ministry of Jesus in daily life. 

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February 16

He Cancelled the Bond

St. Paul tells us that Jesus cancelled the bond set against us by nailing to the cross. What does he mean?

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February 15

Transfer of Dominions

Jesus’ victory over Satan in the desert was a foreshadowing of Jesus’ ultimate victory.

 

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February 14

Ash Wednesday: Take Up Arms

Lent is a time of spiritual combat, a time to conquer the work of the devil in your life. 

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February 13

Preparing for Lent

Lent is a time to enter into the desert with Jesus.

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February 12

Chosen for Salvation

We are beloved, chosen, a called to be saved and to obtain the glory of God!

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February 9

Walk in the Light

Jesus gives us the capacity to see clearly, to come out of the darkness and into his light.

 

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February 8

The Unavoidable Battle

To not understand that we all are living in a spiritual battle is to live in denial of the most fundamental reality human life. 

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February 7

The Sin of the World

Sanity demands that we acknowledge the reality of original sin and its logical implications. 

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February 6

Should I Trust My Heart?

The world is telling us to “trust your heart” as the only barometer to defining who we are and how we should live. Is that wise? 

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February 5

Jesus Reads the Heart

Jesus has the only perfect reading of the condition of the human heart.

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February 2

Do Not Be Anxious

Knowing the truth about Jesus, living that truth, is the source of our peace. 

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February 1

Christ is Pre-eminent

Jesus is first in all things, therefore he must be first in your life and mine! 

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January 31

You Belong to Christ

All things are his, all was made through and for him.

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January 30

Living in His Power

We can live each day with faith, hope, love, endurance, patience and joy, because of what Jesus has done for us and has given to us. 

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January 29

The Eucharistic Lord

Jesus is lifted up and exalted as Lord of all at each of and every Mass.

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January 26

God Laughs

Peter reflections on Psalm 2 and its deep relevance for the situation in the world today. 

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January 25

The Fathers Delight

God the Father delights in his beloved Son, the faithful one, and he longs for the day when all creation will acknowledge the victory of Jesus.

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January 24

Every Knee Will Bend

God the Father has enthroned his Son Jesus, and he has determined that every knee will bow and every tongue will confess to the glory of God that Jesus Christ is Lord!

 

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January 23

Christ in You!

Pope Benedict XVI exhorts us to enter into our full baptismal dignity, for the objective fact of our becoming a new creation in Jesus, to become a subjective, lived, daily experience in our lives. 

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January 22

Receiving Oneself from Christ

Identity, human identity, our individual identity is not something we create. Authentic identity is something we receive. 

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January 19

You Belong to Christ!

Using the insights of Pope Benedict XVI, Peter reminds us that those baptized into Christ no longer belong to themselves but to him. This is the wellspring of Christian joy. 

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January 18

Family Dynamics

Rachel and Peter speak very openly the family dynamics that were both a source of pain and grace. 

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January 17

Whats Happening with Catholic Millennials

Rachel shares encouraging stories about Catholic millennials who are living as intentional disciples.

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January 16

Rachel Shares Her Testimony

Rachel shares about a life-changing encounter with Jesus in the context of confession. 

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January 15

Working for the Minnesota Catholic Conference

Rachel talks about the work of Catholic Conferences, their principles and agenda. 

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January 12

Reflections on St. Jacinta and St. Francicso

Ralph Martin highlights the unique response each of the visionaries made to Mary’s appearing. 

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January 11

Vision of Hell

Mary reveals to the children the stark reality of Hell and the need to make reparation for the sins of the world. 

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January 10

Marys First Appearance

Mary comes to the children and begins to reveal the mission Jesus has for them. 

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January 9

Outraging the Heart of God

The Angel reveals to the children that God is profoundly offended by the sins of the world.

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January 8

Meeting the Angel

The children are addressed by an angel sent from heaven who teaches them how to pray.

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January 5

Seeing What Jesus Sees

What does Jesus see that most people in this world don’t: the last shall be first. 

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January 4

The Law of the Spirit

Jesus gives to us a new life principle, the Holy Spirit, the Spirit that raised him from the dead. The Spirit changes everything; the gift that surpasses all understanding.

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January 3

Life Changing Knowledge

Seeing what Jesus sees will produce new life in us, an outlook, a way of life that will produce the peace and joy we all seek.

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January 2

What Jesus Sees

Christian faith is “participating in the act by which Jesus sees.”  What does Jesus see?

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January 1

See What Love

Begin each day by first remembering who you are! What matters most is not what you have to today or any day, but what God has done for you.

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December 29

Live the Commandments

What does it mean to know Jesus and to be his follower? 

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December 28

The Murder of the Holy Innocents

The world is a place of profound spirit combat, a battle between the Kingdom of Darkness and the Kingdom of Light. 

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December 27

What is the Essence of Christianity?

Do you know what is the essence of Christianity? 

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December 26

The Martyrdom of Stephen

The day after Christmas the Church in her wisdom gives us the story of the martyrdom of St. Stephen, why? 

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December 25

A Son is Given to Us!

Merry Christmas! A Savior is born for us, a Son is given to us! Rejoice, and receive the gift. 

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December 22

Give Thanks to the Father

St. Paul exhorts us to not only turn from sin, but to live a new pattern of life.

 

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December 21

Dont Get Drunk

St. Paul gives a powerful exhortation to turn from habit patterns of sin in our lives.

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December 20

Up, In, Out

The Holy Spirit wants to lead us to live in the three great loves of Jesus. 

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December 19

Becoming What You Are Meant to Be!

Do you know who you are? 

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December 18

Blessed Solanus Casey

The beatification ceremony for Blessed Solanus Casey was a beautiful Catholic moment.

 

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December 15

You are Light in the Lord

You are called to be a light, someone who, by God’s grace has passed from darkness to light. Someone who has learned what it means to imitate Jesus in this life. 

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December 14

A Fragrant Offering

St. Paul reminds us that we are called to be a “fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.” Advent is an important time to assess where we are in relationship to that call.

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December 13

Holiness and Godliness

The day of judgment ought to impact how we live now.

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December 12

Father Forgive Them

God’s judgment comes to us because he wants us to repent, to receive his mercy, to become his children, so that we can live with him forever!

 

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December 11

Dissolved with Fire

St. Peter tells us that before the Lord returns all the elements of the cosmos will be destroyed by fire.

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December 8

The Immaculate Conception

Mary, Our Mother in faith, shares in an entirely unique way in the victory of her Son, Jesus. 

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December 7

All Judgment Belongs to Jesus

The Catechism of the Catholic Church gives a beautiful description of why Jesus is judge of the living and the dead.

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December 6

Jesus, I Trust in You!

St. Paul reminds us that we will all have to give an account of our life before the judgment seat of Jesus Christ our Lord. On what basis will we be judged? 

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December 5

Every Knee Will Bend

St. Paul reminds the troubled church in Corinth that every person will bend their knee before the majesty and authority of Jesus, and will confess with their lips that he is Lord.

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December 4

Be Watchful!

Jesus exhorts each one of us to be alert, to be watchful and to be about the work he has each of us to do.

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December 1

Suffering Various Trials

Suffering for righteousness has meaning and is of great value. Why?

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November 30

Faith that Saves

St. Peter proclaims the truth that God gives to Jesus’ followers a faith that saves. Faith is a gift, a way of knowing and seeing, a capacity to believe and to trust all that Jesus has given to us. 

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November 29

An Imperishable Life

What we have been given by Jesus is beyond our wildest imagining: peace, joy, happiness, fulfillment, a love beyond all telling, sharing in the glory of God! 

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November 28

Exalt the King

The Christian is anointed by the Holy Spirit to be a priestly people, that is, a people who live with God, who offer their lives as a living sacrifice to God in imitation of Jesus their King. 

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November 27

Chosen and Destined by the Father

St. Peter reminds the persecuted churches in Asia Minor that they have been chosen and destined by God the Father to become his children and to share in all that belongs to Jesus.

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November 24

The Gift of Presence

Debbie gives important advice about how to live in the present moment. 

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November 23

The One Thing Necessary

Debbie discusses humility and obedience as essential characteristics that allow us to receive.

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November 22

Learning to Receive

Debbie discusses how to cultivate an attitude of receptivity through prayer and trust.

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November 21

Tell Me Who I Am!

Debbie shares about the importance of receiving our identity from the Lord.

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November 20

The Art of Being, Not Doing

Debbie talks about the cultural pressure to find our value in “doing” and how we can peacefully love out our vocation as women.

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November 17

Time of Decision

God’s judgment, his severe mercy, is upon the world. 

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November 16

Unfruitful Works of Darkness

St. Paul identifies the core problem that plagues our society today.

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November 15

Shared Pretense

The constant temptation of the human race is to construct a life, a society on our own terms, apart from God. 

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November 14

Harvey Weinstein

God is a father who disciplines those whom he loves.

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November 13

Jesus Sets Things Right

Jesus shows us how we are called to live, how we can reach the fulfillment of all our deepest desires.

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November 10

Do You Want God or Not?

That is the key question for the world and for the church. There is a way out of the chaos of our times, the simple secret of humble surrender and loving devotion to God.

 

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November 9

Imitate the Angel of Peace

God reveals to us through the Angel of Fatima and through the children of Fatima that the worlds destiny, its desire for peace in the world and the human heart can be found in one place.

 

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November 8

Follow the Children

What is the way forward for each one of us at this time of great challenge for the Church in this chaotic, secularizing culture: follow the example of the children of Fatima. 

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November 7

The Angel of Peace

The Angel that appeared to the children of Fatima was sent by Jesus to teach the kids how to pray, how to prepare themselves to receive the message of Our Lady.

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November 6

Our Lady of Aparecida

Peter describes the amazing things happening in the Church in Brazil.

 

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November 3

Decision Time

Jesus waits our response to his offer of salvation. 

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November 2

From the Power of Satan to God

St. Paul gives us the precious words of Jesus, in detail, as he describes the very essence of evangelization.

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November 1

St. Pauls Proclamation

Open their eyes, lead them for darkness to light, from the power of Satan to God. 

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October 31

St. Peters Proclamation

There is no other name under heaven and earth though whom we can have our sins forgiven. 

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October 30

The Forgiveness of Sins

The mercy being offered through evangelization is the forgiveness of sins. All of have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.

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October 27

The Normal Christian Life

Peter reflects on the amazing way in which the Lord shows us through Dr. Horton’s life what’s possible for every disciple who gives God permission. 

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October 26

Mission in China

Dr. Horton shares how the Lord opened doors to share the Gospel with colleagues in China. 

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October 25

Signs and Wonders

Dr. Horton begins to pray for healing and conversion for friends and colleagues. 

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October 24

Stepping Out

Dr. Horton shares how the Lord healed and equipped him for the work of ministry. 

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October 23

Confronting the Darkness

Dr. Horton shares the story of facing unexpected hardship and the call to repentance and conversion.

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October 20

Living in Freedom

Lloyd shares what he’s learned about leading men and women into the freedom of the sons and daughters of God.

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October 19

International Catholic Missions

Lloyd tells the story of how he and Nancy began their international mission work. 

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October 18

We Belong to Him

Lloyd shares how the Lord took him deeper into mission and service to the poor. 

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October 17

Give God Permission

Lloyd shares how learning to “give God permission” became a point of dynamic change in his life and faith.

 

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October 16

Lloyds Conversion

Lloyd shares the inspirational story of how he came to faith in Jesus in the Catholic Church.

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October 13

Miracle of the Sun

The Miracle of the Sun, which happened one hundred years ago today, confirmed the truth of the Marian apparitions of Fatima.

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October 12

The Third Secret

The Third Secret give to the children of Fatima spoke of the attack on the Pope, the persecution and suffering of the Church, and the triumph of Mary’s Immaculate Heart.

 

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October 11

The First and Second Secret

The vision of Hell, devotion of Immaculate Heart of Mary and consecration of Russia.

 

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October 10

Becoming Children of God

The children of Fatima show us the kind of childlike faith, trust and obedience that the Lord desires for each of us. 

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October 9

The Children of Fatima

Peter begins to share the story of the three children of Fatima.

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October 6

Follow Me

Have you said yes to Jesus’ call? 

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October 5

Wholesome Fear

St. Francis, that joyful soul, produced a “wholesome fear” in the hearts of those who heard him preach, even the rich and the powerful. 

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October 4

Memorial to St. Francis

St. Francis took Jesus at his word. 

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October 3

Your Destiny

Do you understand your destiny in Christ?

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October 2

Chosen and Sanctified

St. Paul identifies a fundamental characteristic of a Christian mind: the awareness that we are chosen, beloved and called by God.

 

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September 29

Tools for Growing in the Lord

Debbie shares key themes and strategies she emphasizes in helping young women grow in the Lord. 

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September 28

Debbie Herbeck on the Growing Mission of Be Love Revolution

Debbie shares key elements of BLR.

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September 27

Interview with Debbie Herbeck and Emma Nowak

Emma shares her experience of coming alive in her faith through Pine Hills Camp and BLR.

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September 26

Interview with Debbie Herbeck and Jane Vogel

Debbie and Jane describe the values 

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September 25

What is the Be Love Revolution?

Debbie describes the vision and ministry of the Be Love Revolution. 

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September 22

Dr. Williamsons Testimony

Dr. Williamson provides a short and inspiring account of his own personal encounter with Jesus and the transformational change it made in his life. 

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September 21

Confirmatory Sources

Dr. Williamson identifies other historical evidence supporting Jesus in New Testament letters, writings of Roman and Jewish historians of the period, archeological evidence and historical effects of the life and ministry of Jesus.

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September 20

Do Miracles Undermine Reliability?

Dr. Williamson describes on the miracle accounts actually strengthen document reliability of the Gospels.

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September 19

Credibility of the Documents

Dr. Williamson makes a strong case for the high degree of reliability of the Four Gospels.

 

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September 18

Reliability of Biblical Manuscripts

Dr. Peter Williamson presents a clear picture of the enormous manuscript evidence in support of the reliability of the Bible as an accurate historical source for Jesus.

 

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September 15

Being a Catholic Prosecutor

Scott shares how his faith is informing his work on a daily basis. 

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September 14

The Gift of Being Open to Life

Scott shares why the teaching of the Church in Humane Vitae was so life changing.

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September 13

The Experience of God

Scott talks about his quick return to the Catholic Church and the revolutionary experience of the teaching of Humane Vitae! 

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September 12

In or Out of the Catholic Church

Scott shares the story of exiting the Catholic church but quickly being challenged by a business partner to reconsider. 

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September 11

Catholic or Protestant?

Scott shares his journey of being challenged to live his faith as a college freshman. 

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September 8

Show Forth His Glory

We, the Church, are called to show forth the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ to a world that has fallen from glory. 

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September 7

The Twin Towers

The tragedy of 9/11 reveals the fading glory of this passing world.

 

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September 6

Obtaining the Glory

St. Paul tells us that we can obtain “the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ” through the gospel.

 

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September 5

Listen to Him

God the Father has something to tell each and every one of us: listen to Jesus!

 

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September 4

Transfiguration

Peter, James and John are given a glimpse of the majestic glory of Jesus, the Father’s beloved Son. 

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September 1

Be Perfect

The call to holiness is at the heart of what it means to be a disciple. 

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August 31

What Must I Do?

Tom discusses key elements of what the Bible and the Church says about salvation.

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August 30

Where did the Bible Come From?

Tom discusses the tripod of the fonts of revelation: Scripture, Tradition, Magisterium. 

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August 29

Peter, the Rock

Tom discusses the founding of the Church on the Rock of Peter. 

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August 28

What Jesus Did Do?

Tom Nash shares with us why he wrote his new book and what’s in it. 

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August 25

Discovering Your Call

John shares how to his great surprise the Lord had more in store for him than he ever realized. 

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August 24

Missionary Discipleship

John reminds us that Jesus wants to lead each of us into his mission of building his Kingdom.

 

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August 23

Love and Money

John shares how he learned, step by step, to bring his whole life, including his money, under the Lordship of Jesus.

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August 22

Imitating Christ

John shares how he was helped by others on the road to following Christ. 

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August 21

Becoming a Disciple

John shares the story of how he first came to Christ. 

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August 18

Abba! Father!

If the Spirit of Jesus Christ is in you, then God is your Father! That fact changes everything. 

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August 17

Sons and Daughters of God

To be Christian means to become a son or daughter of God. There is nothing more precious, more powerful, more beautiful.

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August 16

His Spirit Dwelling in You

At the heart of Christianity is the gift of new life, eternal life. That life comes from the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of Jesus, the only Son of God.

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August 15

Varsity Catholic

Joshua Fons describes his work with Focus among varsity athletes, leading Bible studies and helping students grow in faith. 

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August 14

Becoming a Focus Missionary

Joshua Fons shares his story of how he became a Focus missionary.

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August 11

Subdue Your Flesh by the Spirit!

St. Paul makes it clear that we need to fight, to subdue the unruly passions within us and that lead us into slavery to sin, through the help of the Holy Spirit. 

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August 10

You Belong to God

We are no longer our own, that is, if the Spirit of God dwells within us. 

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August 9

Children of God

St. Paul makes it clear, we are children of God only if we have the Spirit of God.

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August 8

Walk By the Spirit

St. Paul contrasts two principals or laws at work within us: the law of sin (flesh) and the law of the Spirit.

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August 7

No condemnation!

In Romans 8:1 St. Paul tells us we have been freed from condemnation by the saving work of Jesus Christ.

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August 4

You are the Beloved

You are a beloved child of God. This is your identity. Nothing else will ever satisfy you. 

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August 3

The Battle for Identity

There is, in each human life, a battle for identity.

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August 2

Identity, Purpose and Destiny

How do we come to find out who we actually are?

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August 1

St. Francis Echoes St. Paul

St. Francis, as with all the saints, followed in St. Paul’s footsteps, as he carried forth the good news of Jesus in words and deeds. We’re called to do the same. 

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July 31

St. Pauls Conversion

St. Paul’s conversion reveals profound truths about Jesus, the Church and the mission of every disciple. 

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July 28

I Didnt Know

Sr. Ann shares that the Lord has given us his Holy Spirit so that we can be empowered to live a new way of life, a life rooted in the knowledge of his love.

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July 27

FIRE

Sr. Ann shares the story of the ministry of FIRE, collaborating with Fr. Michael Scanlan, Ralph Martin and Fr. John Bertolucci.

 

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July 26

Franciscan University of Steubenville

Sr. Ann shares wonderful stories of her collaboration with Fr. Michael Scanlan in bringing renewal to Franciscan University. 

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July 25

New Joy

Sr. Ann shares how a fuller life in the Holy Spirit produced a deep abiding joy in her heart.

 

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July 24

Sr. Anns Deeper Conversion

Sr. Ann describes how she, as a religious sister, encountered Jesus in a new and life-transforming way.

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July 21

Seeing What Jesus Sees

What does Jesus see that most people in this world don’t: the last shall be first. 

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July 20

The Law of the Spirit

Jesus gives to us a new life principle, the Holy Spirit, the Spirit that raised him from the dead. The Spirit changes everything; the gift that surpasses all understanding.

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July 19

Life Changing Knowledge

Seeing what Jesus sees will produce new life in us, an outlook, a way of life that will produce the peace and joy we all seek.

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July 18

What Jesus Sees

Christian faith is “participating in the act by which Jesus sees.”  What does Jesus see?

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July 17

See What Love

Begin each day by first remembering who you are! What matters most is not what you have to today or any day, but what God has done for you.

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July 14

Follow Him!

Jesus makes a deep, total, complete offering of his life for your salvation. He’s asking you right now, “do you want to follow me, will you become my disciple?” What will it be? 

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July 13

The Hour of the Laity has Struck!

St. John Paul II, echoing the teaching of the Second Vatican Council, reminds us that every baptized person has been personally called and sent by Jesus to engage the mission of the Church. 

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July 12

The Devil is Real!

Many today, some even in the Church, do not believe that the Devil is real. Do you?

 

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July 11

The Demoniac

Peter tells a dramatic story of a deliverance from demonic forces that happened to a young man in Hungary.

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July 10

Expectant Faith

Scripture tells us, “without faith it is impossible to please God.” The Lord loves faith; it pleases him. What kind of faith do you have? 

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July 7

Be Imitators of God

The whole purpose of this life, and what we in the end will be judged by, is to imitate Jesus. 

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July 6

The Attitude of the Saints

The saints are a living example that holiness is possible for each one of us. 

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July 5

The Renewed Mind

The Holy Spirit wants to literally “renew our minds” with a fresh, spiritual way of thinking. 

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July 4

Futility of a Darkened Mind

To live with a darkened mind is to live as if God doesn’t exist, and to live with goals and values that are outside his purpose. No matter how exciting they may be, they are empty.

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July 3

Feast of St. Thomas the Apostle

The apostles were the foundation of the household of God, a temple the Lord is building in the earth to his glory. Each one of us is called to be a living stone in that temple.

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June 30

Living as a Disciple

Peter and Joey discuss what it means to live as a disciple.

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June 29

To Learn Jesus Christ

To be a disciple is to be a life-long learner. But to learn what? In the words of St. Paul, “to learn Christ.”

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June 28

Whats a Disciple?

If the Church exists to make disciples, what are we making? 

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June 27

Encountering Jesus

Joey reminds us that the starting point of the faith, of becoming a disciple is to encounter the person of Jesus.

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June 26

Joeys Call to Mission

Joey shares his story of how he decided to work in full time ministry in the Church.

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June 23

Beaten by Rods

St. Paul spoke about the affliction that came his way because of the Gospel. To him it was normal, expected, even a gift.

 

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June 22

Eternal Weight of Glory

Where is your life headed? 

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June 21

Earthen Vessels

We are weak, fragile creatures, completely unable to save ourselves, to reach on our own resources, the fullness of life. It’s offered to us as a free gift.

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June 20

The Face of Christ

God’s glory shines on the face of Jesus. What do we see when we gaze upon that face?

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June 19

Glory to Glory

St. Paul tells us that we are being led into the glory of God, even in this life. What does he mean? 

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June 16

Power and Dominion

The Church, which is Jesus’ body, will last forever! This world, with all of its pomp, glitter, power, money, self-importance, radical independence, lusts is going to pass away. 

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June 15

Knowing and Seeing

St. Paul wants us to see who God is, not only what we are supposed to do for him, but to first see who he is.

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June 14

Sealed with the Holy Spirit

You have been given a guarantee, a down payment, a promissory note of a full inheritance, a share in the life that belongs to Jesus.

 

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June 13

Destined and Appointed

In Jesus, you have been destined and appointed by God your Father to live for the praise of His glory. What does that mean?

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June 12

Chosen and Destined

What matters most, what is of first importance is what God has done for us, not what we are supposed to do for God. 

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June 9

The Great Exchange

Jesus has come to offer each one of us a share in all that belongs to him: eternal joy, happiness beyond measure, peace, contentment, love beyond all telling, family, true friendship. The question is: do you want it? 

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June 8

Live the Life

The choice is ours. Do we want to live the life Jesus is calling and empowering us to live, or do we want to go our own way?

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June 7

Seek First

How are you called to live? It’s simple. Seek first the Kingdom of God and his way of holiness and everything else will be added unto you.

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June 6

Join the Family

The Father has sent his son to regather his lost children, to give them power to become children of God.

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June 5

Dont Be Anxious

Jesus commands us to trust the Father, to not be anxious about anything, but to be ready at all times to live in and to receive God’s provisions. 

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June 2

Repent and Be Baptized

Peter recounts the story of the Day of Pentecost. 

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June 1

Receiving New Life

Jesus died, was raised and ascended into heaven, where he is exalted at the right hand of God the Father. He is the “new creation” from which eternal life flows for the salvation of the world.

 

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May 31

The Visitation

Mary visits Elizabeth and all, including the baby in Elizabeth’s womb, rejoice and the wonder of what God has done and will do through Jesus.

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May 30

Kerygma Continued

Peter breaks down the elements of St. Peter’s message.

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May 29

The Kerygma

St. Peter declares to the religious leaders of Israel the core of the Christian faith, the central facts of salvation which provide the foundation upon which the entire Church is built. 

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May 26

Chosen by God

St. Paul tells us to “walk in a manner worthy of God,” and to remember that he has personally called you “into his own Kingdom and glory”! 

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May 25

The Ascension

Jesus has ascended to the right hand of God the Father where he now reigns in glory. Those who are born anew by water and the Spirit, who live in his Church and persevere to the end will share his glory.

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May 24

Obedience Means Life

Jesus shows us that obedience is at the heart of love. If you love me, you will keep my commandments.

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May 23

St. Pauls Kerygma

St. Paul gives us what is at the heart of the Gospel, what is of first importance: Christ died for our sins, he was buried, he rose from the dead and appeared to Peter, the apostles, to five hundred people at one time and finally to Paul. 

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May 22

The Advocate

Jesus sends forth the Holy Spirit to be our advocate, defender, the one who leads us to all truth. The Holy Spirit teaches us to walk in the footsteps of Jesus; to walk in truth. 

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May 19

Love One Another

Jesus now turns to our neighbor. The call to love begins with loving God first, loving our Father. If we love him we will love what he loves. He loves your neighbor, so much so he sent his Son to die for him or her. 

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May 18

Do You Love the Father?

Jesus’ number one passion, his preoccupation, his joy, his purpose was and is to love the Father. If you are Jesus’ disciple, that too should be, Jesus intends it to be your passion. 

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May 17

The Fruit of the Spirit

Jesus wants to bear fruit in us, the fruit that comes from the indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit. 

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May 16

Keep My Commandments

Jesus connects love, that is loving him and loving the Father to keeping the commandments. Why?

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May 15

You Must Be Born Again

Christianity means change, real change, at the core of our being. It’s a change that leads to entirely new way of living. 

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May 12

Letting Go

Brig shares the important life lesson about learning how to let go when the Lord says its time to let go. 

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May 11

Walk by the Spirit

Brig shares how the Holy Spirit helped him learn to carry the burdens and daily concerns of running a large business by slowly teaching him how to allow the Lord to carry the burdens with him.

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May 10

Tall Trees Catch the Wind

Brig shares about the spiritual battles that began to arise when he became serious about his faith. 

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May 9

Surrendering to Jesus

Brig shares the personal story of coming to a point in his life where he realized he needed more than all the material success he had achieved.

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May 8

Building Two Men and a Truck

Brig shares the amazing story of how Two Men and a Truck came to be. 

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May 5

Specially-abled

Monica shares about St. Thomas Parish’s ministry to children who are mentally disabled. 

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May 4

He Makes All Things New

Monica shares how the encounter with God eventually led to mission.

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May 3

Saved by Love

Monica shares the remarkable story of encountering the life-transforming power of God’s love when she was about to take her life. 

 

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May 2

White Powdered Sugar Donuts

Monica shares the story of God’s provision in her time of desperation.

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May 1

Growing Up

Monica shares the story about her tumultuous teen years.

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April 28

Master Catechists

Dan and Lyn continue their of entering into the Catholic Church and becoming teachers of the faith. 

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April 27

Fr. Marty, a Loving Father

Dan and Lyn share how a loving and wise Catholic priest helped bring them into the Church.

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April 26

My Fathers House

Dan and Lyn go to the streets in response to a prompting of the Holy Spirit.

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April 25

Catholic Dreams

Dan shares the story of having two dreams about the Catholic Church which were “sneak previews of coming attractions.”

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April 24

The Call to Serve

Dan and Lyn share how they met and how God began leading Dan to become a pastor in the Nazarene Church.

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April 21

Do You Know Who You Are?

St. Peter and the apostles knew exactly who they are: sinners, forgiven, born again by water and the Spirit, sent by Jesus under the power of the Holy Spirit to be his witnesses, to seek and save the lost. Do you know who you are? 

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April 20

Times of Refreshing

St. Peter proclaims the Gospel in the temple after having healed the lame beggar at the Gate Beautiful. What does he tell them?

 

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April 19

Salvation to the Gentiles

St. Peter tells us what Jesus has commanded the apostles to preach to the Gentiles as well as the Jews. 

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April 18

Jesus is Lord and Christ!

St. Peter tells us that Jesus has been raised, and that the Father has made him Lord and Christ. What does that mean?

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April 17

St. Peters Testimony

St. Peter, on the day of Pentecost, gives testimony to what he has seen and heard: Jesus Christ is risen! 

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April 14

Good Friday

What happened on the Cross of Calvary? What difference does it make in my life today? 

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April 13

Chrism Mass

Peter talks today about the meaning of the Chrism Mass and the Holy Thursday Mass.

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April 12

The Suffering Servant

Jesus is the fulfillment of the Suffering Servant Songs from the prophet Isaiah. 

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April 11

The Breaking of the Fellowship

Jesus knows he is about to be betrayed by Judas, denied by Peter; the truth of the sin sick condition of the human heart is revealed even among the twelve. 

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April 10

Christ Died for Our Sins

Jesus came to die, to lay down his life in order to put away sin, your sin and mine. 

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April 7

Let Go!

Jesus is dead serious about bringing each one of us to the Father. To get there we must let go; we must surrender our lives to Jesus. Give him everything, hold nothing back. 

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April 6

Fear of the Lord

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. The scripture tells us to “fear God and give him glory.” 

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April 5

Surrender Your Life to Him

Jesus came for a reason, to seek and save the lost. That was and continues to be his mission.

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April 4

Lazarus, Come Forth

Jesus speaks to a dead man and he comes back to life. 

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April 3

If the Spirit of Jesus Dwells in You

St. Paul tells us that we shall be raised with Christ is the Spirit of Jesus dwells in us.

 

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March 31

Tempting God

The devil tempted Jesus by misquoting scripture as a means to get him to disobey the Father. Jesus resisted by speaking the truth. The devil left and waited for a more opportune time. 

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March 30

Idolatry

Every human being is subject to the temptation of the devil to seduce us to replace God with an idol, that is, to worship something less than God. Everybody worships something. What do you worship?

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March 29

Worship Me

The devil is after one thing: he wants to be worshipped as God. He is creature who is filled with pride, envy, and hatred toward his creator. He refuses to be a creature; he has become a slave. 

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March 28

Gods Word is My Food

Jesus tells us, as we listen to his response to Satan, the only way to find life is to be in the will of God your Father. 

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March 27

Battle for Identity

The Devil sought to attack Jesus’ identity in order to knock him off course, to get him to turn from the Father’s will, and in that, to enslave him. 

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March 24

Heirs with Christ

We have been given a spirit of freedom, not of slavery. We are God’s children now.

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March 23

Our Hope of Glory

Faith gives birth to hope, which is a deep abiding confidence that we will share in the glory that belongs to Jesus Christ. 

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March 22

Justified by Faith

Faith, the radical abandonment of our lives is trust to God and to Jesus His Son, is what makes it possible for us to be in right relationship to God. 

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March 21

God is Able

How big is your God? Is he bigger than the problems and the pain you face in your life? 

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March 20

Abraham and Joseph

Abraham and Joseph were both demonstrated the kind of faith that pleases God.

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March 17

Through Gods Power

Like St. Paul, you are destined to share in the glory of God. You can taste that glory here and now; you can come into all you were destined for if you say yes to him, each day. 

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March 16

Partakers of the Promise

St. Paul is filled to overflowing with the living knowledge of who Christ is and what he is doing in us and through us.

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March 15

The Mystery of Christ Revealed

St. Paul tells us that the mystery of Christ was made known to the apostles and prophets “by the Spirit.” The same Spirit poured into our hearts in Baptism.

 

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March 14

The Mystery of Christ

St. Paul speaks about the mystery that was hidden in God but is now been made manifest. What is he referring to? 

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March 13

Spiritual Combat

Lent is a season of spiritual combat. Are we entering into the battle?

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March 10

Give Thanks to God

St. Paul tells us exactly what we need to do and how we are to live in these difficult times. 

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March 9

Put on the New Man!

St. Paul is telling us that we have a choice, who will we live, who will I follow, what will I make of my life? Will I be conformed to the desires of my flesh or to the person of Christ? 

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March 8

Set Your Minds on Christ

St. Paul exhorts us to set our minds upon Christ. This is essential, crucial for the life of every disciple. Set your mind on Christ so you can see who you are and where you’re going.

 

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March 7

Strengthened by His Glorious Might

The Lord wants to give us all the strength we need to live with joy and peace in difficult times.

 

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March 6

When I Found Your Words

Jeremiah the prophet said God’s word became for him the joy and happiness of his heart. Can it be that for you?

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March 3

Prudence v Covetousness

Covetousness is the opposite of prudence because it seeks to possess, a frantic drive toward self-preservation. 

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March 2

Reality is the Basis of Ethics

Morality is not something we make up, it’s a rational response to reality.

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March 1

Ash Wednesday

Lent begins with understanding who we are before God.

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February 28

The Theological Virtues

Virtue is the utmost we can be.

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February 27

The Seven Theses

St. Thomas Aquinas describes in seven theses the Christian image of the human person.

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February 24

Come into the Light

We are all called to walk in the light. 

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February 23

The Power of Satan

Jesus told St. Paul that the work he was sending him to do was at its heart spiritual warfare.

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February 22

By Words and Deeds

St. Paul describes how he went about leading people from darkness to light.

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February 21

A Place Among the Sanctified

Jesus reveals his endgame to St. Paul.

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February 20

St. Pauls Conversion

St. Paul encounters Jesus on the road to Damascus, and there, received his call. 

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February 17

Love is a Decision

Pete addresses the importance of embracing ones vocation and the obstacles young adults often experience when faced with its challenges. 

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February 16

Intentionality

Pete shares why outreach to young adults needs to be intentional and strategic.

 

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February 15

Personal Relationship with Jesus?

What does it mean to have a personal relationship with Jesus?

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February 14

Encountering Jesus

Pete speaks about the importance of initial conversion in the work of evangelization.

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February 13

Introduction to id916

Pete describes the mission of id916 and the importance drawing young adults into the life and mission of the Church.

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February 10

Be a Current of Grace

Each and every disciple is called and empowered to be a “current of grace,” that is, a conduit of the Holy Spirit to be extended to others in love. 

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February 9

Walk by the Spirit

The Christian life is a life empowered by the Holy Spirit. 

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February 8

Receiving the Anointing

You too have an anointing! 

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February 7

Christ, the Anointed One

What does it mean that Jesus is the anointed one?

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February 6

Alive in the Spirit

Jesus is the one upon whom the Holy Spirit rests; and it is Jesus alone who gives the Holy Spirit to those who ask.

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February 3

Letting Go

Brig shares the important life lesson about learning how to let go when the Lord says its time to let go. 

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February 2

Walk by the Spirit

Brig shares how the Holy Spirit helped him learn to carry the burdens and daily concerns of running a large business by slowly teaching him how to allow the Lord to carry the burdens with him.

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February 1

Tall Trees Catch the Wind

Brig shares about the spiritual battles that began to arise when he became serious about his faith. 

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January 31

Surrendering to Jesus

Brig shares the personal story of coming to a point in his life where he realized he needed more than all the material success he had achieved

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January 30

Building Two Men and a Truck

Brig shares the amazing story of how Two Men and a Truck came to be. 

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January 27

Collective Deceit

Our society is colluding in a collective deceit, that is, we don’t want to submit to the truth of real things, so we use the force of law to enshrine and protect our idols. 

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January 26

Idolatry and False Freedom

It’s either God or Satan. You’re going to serve somebody. You will live either according to God’s truth or the lie which comes from Satan, whether you know it or not. 

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January 25

The War on Truth

We’re living at a time in which the powers set against the Kingdom of God, the rule and reign of God, are engaged in an intense war against the truth.

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January 24

Knowing the Truth

Jesus has come to give us freedom, his freedom, eternal freedom in God. That freedom cannot be received without living in the truth, God’s truth, in the Son. 

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January 23

Continue in My Word

 Jesus makes clear that internalizing his word, that is “continuing” in his word is foundational for everyone who wants to be his disciple.

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January 20

"I always do what is pleasing to Him"

The words of Jesus in this conflict with the Pharisees teach us a great deal about what it means to be a disciple

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January 19

You Will Die in Your Sins

Jesus told the Pharisees that unless they believed in him they would die in their sins!

 

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January 18

Jesus, the Light of Life

Jesus makes the radical claim that he is the light of the whole world, and he makes it clear that all who are not in him are walking in darkness. 

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January 17

All In

It is essential to make the fundamental decision, from the heart, to put Jesus at the center of your life. 

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January 16

Honor the Lords Day

One of the most radical, counter-cultural things we can do is to obey the Lord by setting apart the Lord’s Day.

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January 13

Rules #13 and #14

Expose the devils strategies to the light, talk to spiritual director or confessor.  Know your vulnerabilities, the devil will attack you at your weakest point.

 

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January 12

Rules #11 and #12

Humble yourself in consolation. Remember, the enemy is strong in the face of weakness, and weak in the face of strength.

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January 11

Rules #9 and #10

What are the principal causes for spiritual desolation? 

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January 10

Rules #7 and #8

This test is for a purpose. Remember, help is on the way! God’s grace is sufficient.

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January 9

Rule #6

Take action, through prayer, meditation, examination and suitable penance.

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January 6

Summary of the First 5 Rules

Here Peter provides final commentary on the first five rules of Spiritual Discernment.

 

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January 5

Rule #4 & 5

The fourth rule, spiritual desolation, reveals the devils tactics against those who are following the Lord. Rule five is key to understanding how to respond when we are under attack.

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January 5

Seeing What Jesus Sees

What does Jesus see that most people in this world don’t: the last shall be first. 

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January 4

Rule #2 & #3

The second rule applies to those who have broken from mortal sin, have repented and are moving toward God, from good to better in the life of a disciple. The third rule, spiritual consolation, describes the work of the good spirit within.

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January 3

Rule #1

The good spirit (the Lord) and the evil spirit (the devil) act in contrary ways in the lives of those who are living in mortal sin, those who are moving away from God.

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January 2

Ignatius Insight

Jesus taught Ignatius to discern the contrary movements of the good and bad spirits within the human heart, mind, imagination.

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2016

December 30

Searching Her Own Mystery

Dr. Kinzer discusses important dimensions of the mystery of both the Church and Jewish People.

 

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December 29

Nostra Aetate

The Church “searches her own mystery” and finds that historic Judaism is part of that mystery.

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December 28

Catholic-Messianic Jewish Dialogue

Dr. Kinzer describes the work of the Catholic-Messianic Jewish Dialogue. 

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December 27

Encountering Catholicism

Dr. Kinzer shares his story of encountering historic Christianity. 

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December 26

Coming to Faith in Jesus

Dr. Kinzer shares his story of how he came to believe in Jesus as Messiah.

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December 23

Going Home

Jesus wants to bring you home to the Father. 

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December 22

Final Judgement

In this season of Advent we are reminded that we all, each one of us will appear before the judgment seat of Christ to give an account for our life.

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