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Summit reflection video for the 7th Sunday in Ordinary Time with Leah Murphy.
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Jesus knows what it is like in the desert, but He also knows what it is like to emerge from the desert having remained faithful to God. This Lent, we look to Jesus as our model and pray that we can follow His example, prevailing against the temptations of the devil and growing deeper in our relationship with God.
Ascend provides insightful and fun background information, prayer challenges, and weekly explanations of the Sunday readings to help Catholics dive deeply into the Word of God through the Mass readings from the 1st Sunday in Advent to The Solemnity of Christ the King for Cycle C.
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by Trenton Mattingly
The more I see that He suffered, the more clearly I see how much He loves humanity. It is a solemn reminder that love is rarely easy — it can be tough and even ugly.
by Caitlin Sica
But that’s the danger in stereotypes, they don’t tell the whole story, they don’t reveal truth. The truth is that addiction does not discriminate.
by Sam Brebner
Even the Bible admits sin is fun. The Book of Hebrews talks about enjoying “the fleeting pleasures of sin” (Hebrews 11:25). Of course, the key word in that passage is “fleeting.” Sin presents itself as enjoyable, fulfilling, and exactly what we need. But the fun doesn’t last.
by Sophia Swinford
We all mess up. So, instead of beating yourself up about all the things you’ve done wrong, here are some things you should surrender to God and let go of
by Marie Stettler
I always struggle to adequately portray the obstacles I was facing and manipulative nature of the relationship in which I had found myself in, but within one week of discovering I was pregnant, I had scheduled an appointment at Planned Parenthood. In that time, I had allowed myself to buy into every lie Satan sold me
Then If you had asked me seven years ago if I was pro-life, I would have automatically said, “Personally, yes, but politically, I’m pro-choice.” I took the comfortable position, the position that didn’t impose my beliefs on anyone else. I was able to take this stance because I knew nothing […]
Nowadays, it’s common for people to identify as spiritual rather than religious, which makes it tempting to think of the Church as an outdated way of relating to God. Or maybe even to think of her as a barrier between God and us. If I know Jesus and have a personal relationship with Him, then why have the Church at all?
That’s where I was about a year and a half ago. I was still going to Church every Sunday, and I was involved in a youth group, but I wasn’t praying as much. Life slowly became less about loving God and loving the people around me, and more about what I wanted. Sin, and one form of sin in particular, started to make its way back into my life.
by Hudson Byblow
In my pursuit of truth, over and over I’ve arrived at truths, only to find out they were already upheld by the Catholic Church. This really helped me see how my previous perspective about the Church “forcing” truth onto people was off the mark.
by Thomas Clements
I was supposed to be having the time of my life just like I saw on TV and in the movies, but the movies never showed the sadness I was going through or the hurt I was causing myself and others by living only for myself.