New Year’s Resolutions and Revolutions

New Year’s Resolutions and Revolutions

Many a story reveals the futility of making plans. In action-packed movies that require careful planning to commit the ultimate crime or to rescue comrades in arms and in simply mapping out our days’ strategies, we find obstacles thrown in our path at every turn. In all of these situations,...

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Waiting in Joyful Hope

Waiting in Joyful Hope

As we come closer to the commemoration of the birth of Christ, we would do well to consider exactly what it is that we celebrate. By in large, the Christian world marks the birth of Jesus in the cave at Bethlehem, the “en-fleshing” of the Divine Word, “full of grace...

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Christ Is Here!

Christ Is Here!

The twinkling lights speak of His presence. His birth returns light to the world as He illuminates every shadow of darkness in the world and within us. Christ is here! The evergreen speaks of eternal life. The candy canes display red and white stripes of blood and purity. Christ is...

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Why I Love Seasonal Employees (and Why You Should, Too)

Why I Love Seasonal Employees (and Why You Should, Too)

I had a flashback tonight on my way home from the mall, where I was doing some Christmas shopping. I kept thinking about the sales clerk that rang up the multitude of hostess gifts I had to buy for all of the socials and parties that we attend this time...

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Understanding and Living Our Faith: What Do You Mean Santa Isn’t Real?

Understanding and Living Our Faith: What Do You Mean Santa Isn’t Real?

Do you remember your childhood when you believed in Santa Claus? Do you remember that excitement you felt Christmas Eve in anticipation of what was to come the next day? I remember one Christmas Eve, when I was about 6 or 7, sitting in my bedroom with my brother and...

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Understanding and Living Our Faith:What is Prayer and Why Do We Pray

Understanding and Living Our Faith:What is Prayer and Why Do We Pray

“Prayer is the test of everything; prayer is also the source of everything; prayer is the driving force of everything; prayer is also the director of everything. If prayer is right, everything is right.” (St. Theophan the Recluse) Ask yourself what is prayer and why do we pray? The answer...

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God Perfectly Loves Our Imperfections

God Perfectly Loves Our Imperfections

I am a self admitted perfectionist. In my work, home, and personal life, I struggle to do my absolute best. Sometimes I please others, sometimes I fall short. Over the years, I’ve learned that I cannot control the way others interpret what I do or say. Strive as I might,...

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Watching in the Dark: Horror Films and Spiritual Reality

Watching in the Dark: Horror Films and Spiritual Reality

Does the genre of horror complement the physical and spiritual parameters of our  current existence? It’s that time of year again when otherworldly creatures roam the streets.  Ghostly figures, warty faces, the walking dead – no, not NBN salespeople, but greedy children trick-or-treating. Another tradition is television networks filling their...

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Four Steps to Forgiving Financial Sins

Four Steps to Forgiving Financial Sins

You did all the right things when you developed your financial plan. You stated your goals, you developed your budget, and you swore up and down that you would save a certain amount of money per month. But it didn’t happen. Your credit score is bad, you had to borrow...

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Confessions of a Former Halloween Junkie

Confessions of a Former Halloween Junkie

Earlier this week, I got a phone call from my sister. We live three hours apart, and with eight young children between us, phone conversations are tricky and limited. Even with a 3 day old infant, though, my sister sounds chipper as she reflected on this summer-to-fall transition we find...

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Honey, what shall we do with our kids on Halloween?

Honey, what shall we do with our kids on Halloween?

All things are lawful for me, but not all things are helpful; all things are lawful for me, but not all things edify. (1 Co 10:23) Spending all my childhood and early youth in native Romania, I have to admit that I am not (yet) emotionally involved with all the...

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Bright Sadness: Learning Who We Are

Bright Sadness: Learning Who We Are

During the summer I’ve had the bright sadness of experiencing the deaths of five people close to me who I respected. In many cases, some of us didn’t learn significant details about the reposed until after their death. Peter, a longtime member of our parish, had been a rocket scientist...

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