One Happy Father

One Happy Father

But while he was yet at a distance, his father saw him and had compassion, and ran and embraced him and kissed him.  And the son said to him, “Father I have sinned against heaven and before you; I am no longer worthy to be called your son.”  But the...

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He Came to Himself—the Critical Moment

He Came to Himself—the Critical Moment

But when he came to himself, he said “How many of my father’s hired servants have bread enough and to spare, but I perish here with hunger!  I arise and go to my father, and I will say to him, “Father I have sinned against heaven and before you; I...

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Daily Devotion, January 13: What can I Say?

Daily Devotion, January 13: What can I Say?

Hear my prayer, O God; give ear to the words of my mouth.  Psalm 54:2   Good morning Prayer Team! If prayer is communication with God, what then should we say in prayer?  Before I answer that question, let me share this great piece of advice on prayer—God does not...

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Ch, Ch, Changes … for a Spiritual Renewal

Ch, Ch, Changes … for a Spiritual Renewal

  As we enter yet another new year of the Lord’s goodness, we hear from today’s Gospel pericope, on this Sunday after Epiphany, a message of personal renewal: “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand” (Matthew 4:17). How appropriate, given this time of year, when people commit themselves...

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Critical Ingredients for a Divine Revelation

Critical Ingredients for a Divine Revelation

    Humility, Repentance, and Community: Critical Ingredients for a Divine Revelation In examining the Gospel accounts of Jesus’ baptism and the revelation of The Holy Trinity – Theophany – Two questions were prominent in my mind: What can we learn about Who God is and what He is like...

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Sunday’s Gospel: Blessed New Year’s Resolutions 

Sunday’s Gospel: Blessed New Year’s Resolutions 

      What are some New Year’s resolutions you made this year? It is now Day 3 of the New Year – are you still staying faithful to the resolutions? Why do so many people make New Year’s resolutions? Is it because we see something in our lives we...

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Daily Devotion: Establishing a Place for God

Daily Devotion: Establishing a Place for God

  If My people who are called by My name humble themselves and pray and seek my face,and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land. II Chronicles 7:14   Good morning Prayer Team! I had an uplifting...

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Humility and Repentance

Humility and Repentance

On the final Sunday of Great Lent, the Church makes one final plea for us to look into our hearts with Christian humility to see our sinful ways. Saint Mary of Egypt was stopped from venerating the Holy Cross of Christ because of her sinful life. The Disciples were prideful...

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Are You Failing the Younger Generation?

Are You Failing the Younger Generation?

In this episode of Beauty Will Save The World, Fr. Barnabas Powell shares with us on the theme of “Missions and Evangelism.” What to do about the “problem” of youth leaving the Church? Fr. Barnabas proposes that we should begin with an unexpected solution–personal repentance. For all the ways we...

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Zacchaeus and the Salvation of Sinners

Zacchaeus and the Salvation of Sinners

Zacchaeus lives in the Church, abiding as an image of us all. In some sense, everyone of us is Zacchaeus, for everyone of us is a sinner at heart. That is why Zacchaeus is invoked and his example recalled every time the priest enters someone’s home to invoke the presence...

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