Faith, Family, and Fatherhood — John

Proof of a Relationship with Jesus

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Proof of a Relationship with Jesus

Feast of Sts. Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael John 1:47-51 Relationships are interesting things. They are interesting because for the most part there is no “real” way to prove that they exist. I have a very close relationship with my wife. However, there is no concrete proof that the relationship really exists. I could show you my wedding ring but that’s just a symbol and anyone off the street can have a golden band without having a relationship. I could show you my children, a “product” or “result” of the said relationship, but here too the “proof” could be dismissed because...

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What sign can you do?

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What sign can you do?

18th Sunday of Ordinary Time 2018 If I wasn't in the same boat as these sinners following Jesus I would probably be laughing right in their face. I often wonder how Jesus kept from rolling on the grass laughing at what some people do. Today we hear the crowd ask Him, "What sign can you do, that we may see and believe in you? What can you do?..." Is this not the same crowd who in verse 2 we are told - "followed him, because they saw the signs he was performing on the sick."? Are these not the same...

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What sign can you do?

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18th Sunday of Ordinary Time 2018


If I wasn't in the same boat as these sinners following Jesus I would probably be laughing right in their face. I often wonder how Jesus kept from rolling on the grass laughing at what some people do.

Today we hear the crowd ask Him, "What sign can you do, that we may see and believe in you? What can you do?..."

Is this not the same crowd who in verse 2 we are told -...

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Into the Night

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Thursday of Holy Week

The sadness of Christ,
For the coming sin,
This one shared his table,
His cup, once a friend.

Betrayal, deceit, and lies,
Who is it Lord?
Surely, it is not I?

One who sits and sups,
One who witnessed all,
One who values passing things,
One who Satan calls.

Betrayal, deceit, and lies,
Who is it Lord?
Surely, it is not I?

Upon his breast his beloved,
This morsel do you see,
To him whom I give,
O...

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The Garden of our Soul

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Wednesday of Holy Week

I recently gave a parish mission and one of the topics covered confession with special emphasis on the value of frequent confession. While studying in preparation I discovered this wonderful quote from the Catechism of the Catholic Church: 1863Venial sin weakens charity; it manifests a disordered affection for created goods; it impedes the soul's progress in the exercise of...

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