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Thank God: Be a Grateful Samaritan Leper

Lent 2017 has arrived. And so Catholic people dive back into some of the culture of our religion: Wearing ashes on the forehead at work and answering questions about that. Going to fish fries at the local parish. Giving up

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Embrace the Cross, Drink the Cup — All Year

“Whoever wishes to be my follower must deny his very self, take up his cross each day, and follow in my steps.”  (Luke 9:23) Take up his cross. Take up your cross. Each day. But… you’re eating chocolate again, aren’t

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“Do Not Sin Anymore”

On the first Wednesday evening of March, my parish held its annual Lenten Penance Service. Our pastor and one of our permanent deacons led prayer, read a Gospel selection and delivered a brief homily. Then, our pastor and six visiting

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Be Hospitable and Be Present

My Lenten meditation and prayer this year has yielded some spiritual fruit. I am trying to work toward a renewed focus on something in my life: Be Present. It’s a simple idea. I want to pursue a life that does

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Lenten Reflection: Love Despite The Defect

A study published in 2012 in a publication called “Prenatal Diagnosis” says that as many as 90 percent of all pregnancies with a prenatal diagnosis of Down syndrome resulted in “pregnancy termination,” i.e. abortion. Other studies indicate that about 6

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An Acceptable Time For Repentance

Brothers and sisters: We are ambassadors for Christ, as if God were appealing through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. (2 Corinthians 5:20) The beginning of Lent on the Catholic liturgical calendar also traditionally

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Never Give Up, But Instead Encourage

Therefore, encourage one another and build one another up, as indeed you do. (1 Thessalonians 5:11) The first time I realized we had runners in the family was at relatively short cross-country race at a local park. My children’s grade

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Mike & Donna Eisenbath

Offering HOPE for the journey...