Fight Wrong, Choose Right, and Still Be You

Fight Wrong, Choose Right, and Still Be You

“Wrong is wrong even when everyone is doing it. Right is right even when no one is doing it.” I’m not sure who first said that, but it is a lesson well worth remembering. My parents used to phrase it differently when I was younger. They would ask “If everyone...

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Celebrating Christmas after December 25

Celebrating Christmas after December 25

Fear not. This is not a debate on old calendar vs. new… Rather, it is a look at when to lay down the fast and begin to feast. The rest of the world has already begun celebrating Christmas. Ironically, one of my local radio stations began their “All Christmas Music”...

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Why is it so hard to be grateful?

Why is it so hard to be grateful?

There is a little girl whose toy box is not overflowing with toys, but is full enough to keep her occupied for hours. She is not a spoiled little girl. But after playing, when her mom tells her it is time to clean up, this little girl would rather see...

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Teaching the Ten Commandments

Teaching the Ten Commandments

I realized the other day that I’ve never sat down with my children and taught them about the Ten Commandments.   Oh, we’ve talked about the Golden Rule – Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. We’ve made family rules – no hitting, no name calling,...

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Elevation of the Cross Prayer Beads

Elevation of the Cross Prayer Beads

On September 14, we will be celebrating the Elevation of the Cross, and by celebrating I mean fasting. For this is one of two feast days which we actually commemorate with fasting. Just what are we commemorating with this feast? In 326 AD, St. Helen, the mother of Constantine, made...

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Transfiguration: It’s All about Change

Transfiguration: It’s All about Change

Transfiguration is a mighty big word for little minds to grasp. Add to that the fact that this feast is tucked away in the Dormition Fast, and it is easy for kids to pass over it without appreciating or even understanding it. Here are a few ideas to make this...

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God Doesn’t Take a Summer Vacation

God Doesn’t Take a Summer Vacation

Summer is in full swing. That means trips to new, exotic places or maybe trips to visit friends in old familiar places. Either way, summer often means being away from home for some period of time, and that means not being home for Sunday liturgy. So, what do you do...

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Video: Pentecost Tongues of Flame Craft

Video: Pentecost Tongues of Flame Craft

In two short weeks, we will be celebrating Pentecost. This is one of my parish’s patronal feast days, so it’s a pretty big deal for us, and I love celebrating it. One of my biggest pet peeves of Pentecost, though, is the misunderstanding of “speaking in tongues” that is promulgated...

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