Faith, Family, and Fatherhood — Advent2017

Unanswered Prayers

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Luke 1:5-25

Whenever I take the time to look back on my life I am amazed at the goodness of God. Especially so in light of my wandering ways. When I look back at the things I asked for and what was given to me instead I am filled with praise and thanksgiving. Like the country song says, "some of God's greatest gifts are unanswered prayers."

Scripture tells us that God's ways are not our ways and...

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An Eternal Family Tree

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Matthew 1:18-25

I often like to contemplate the chain of events that brought me to existence. I wonder what sort of things had to happen for my father and mother to meet. Then I dive deeper in grandparents, great-grandparents and on and on. Could one missed appointment have meant my not being born? Could a premature death changed our family's lineage forever?

I also like to think about the people in...

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Christmas Gift Guide for Dad

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Christmas is right around the corner and if you are like me, you are probably reading this on Christmas Eve wondering why Amazon hasn't got that whole delivery within an hour or drone thing going on.  If it is the day before Christmas, I may be able to help you out but I'd suggest bookmarking this article for next year.

Below you will find a list of ideas for dad on Christmas. These ideas are based...

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The Violent Take It By Force

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Thursday of the Second Week of Advent

Matthew 11:11-15

Today's Gospel reading doesn't seem real...well...festive or Christmas like. John the Baptist is in prison and Jesus is speaking of violence.

We must, however, understand the attitude of the day. The Jewish people are awaiting the Messiah and many rumors have been flying about for the past 3 decades since Herod went crazy killing babies gunning...

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When God says "No".

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Wednesday, December 13th, 2017
Feast of St. Lucy
Matthew 11:28-30

On this day, 8 years ago, my wife and I loaded up my Chevy Malibu and headed East to CHOP, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia leaving 4 kids behind with my parents.  It was a snowy day much like it is today here in Columbus and a very dangerous trip with plenty of wrecks and jack-knifed tractor trailers along the way.

We traveled to...

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