Persistent Prayer

I love the boldness of Abraham in the first reading today (Genesis 18:20-32). His negotiation skills are on point. But what impresses me the most is his persistence and how he relentlessly seeks justice from God when he says, “Let not my Lord grow impatient if I go on. What […]

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Pokémon Go – Catching Teens Instead of Pokémon

Unless you’ve been living under a rock (or somehow haven’t been anywhere near teens in the past week), a new mobile game has taken the world by storm. It’s possible that you’ve been noticing countless teens meandering around your church, nearby parks, malls, and other public locations with their eyes […]

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It was a day in June, and I found myself in the adoration chapel at St. Francis Convent in Alton, Illinois. I saw the words, “Veni Si Amas” inscribed on the monstrance. Sister said to go and simply love Him. “Come if you love.” Deep down I knew He was […]

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“For I know well the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare, not your woe! Plans to give you a future full of hope.”– Jeremiah 29:11 “I came that they might have life and have it to the full”– John 10:10 It’s no secret that […]

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But First…

“I will follow you, Lord, but first let me say farewell to my family at home.” Luke 9:61 I still remember the call. I was being offered my dream job in Arizona, and I hesitated. I hesitated because it meant leaving my family, financial security, ministry, and friends. I still […]

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Youth Minister Follow Up After LEAD

As a fifteen-year-old girl, Jesus made His first appearance in my life (or more likely it was me who finally opened my eyes to Him) in adoration at my first Steubenville conference. This life-altering experience was the beginning of my lifelong commitment of faith to Christ. Since then, Jesus has […]

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God, Why the Long Wait?!

Why does God seem to take forever in answering our prayers? We pray and we pray, and we pray, and we pray, but it’s like He doesn’t even hear us! Must be nice up in those clouds without a care in the world! Is God playing golf up there? Am […]

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Gold Stars and Bloody Crosses

As an elementary school student, I was a people pleaser and a teacher’s pet. I always wanted to be the first one with the right answer. I thrived with the affirmation that a teacher would give me when I got it right. I covered my desk with the gold stars […]

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Will The Real Men, Please Stand Up?

“Christ the new Adam, in the very revelation of the mystery of the Father and of His love, fully reveals man to himself and brings to light his most high calling” Guadium et Spes, 22 A principal element of the crisis of authentic masculinity is the fact that men, and […]

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Which of Them Will Love Him More?

Saturday night I went to vigil Mass and absorbed the readings and Gospel. I paid close attention to the judgment and disgust the Pharisees had for the “sinful woman” and the mercy and forgiveness Jesus showers on her. I was shocked at the courage this woman had to enter a […]

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