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Only Say the Word!

*The 2017 Online Advent Scripture Study is hosted by Real Life Rosary.  During these days of Advent we are using the book 4 Simple Steps to Better Scripture Meditations to dive deeper into reading the daily scriptures.  Please click any of links for more information.  Join our Facebook Group to stay up to date. Monday of the First Week of Advent - Matthew 8:5-11 "The prayer of the righteous man has great power in its effects." - James 5:16 This story, in the eighth chapter of Matthew's Gospel, is meant to show us both the authority of Jesus and the necessity of faith. Since Jesus' address in the synagogue in chapter 3 all the way through chapter 7, Jesus has been teaching. Chapter 7 ends with...

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St. Andrew and the Baptism of Jesus

Thursday November 30th, 2017 Feast of St. Andrew, Apostle & Martyr In a few days we will begin our 2017 Advent Scripture Study.  Many of us will be using The 4 Simple Steps to Better Scripture Meditations as a guide, journal, and framework for our daily study.  I've used this method for many years and have gained great insight and fruits from it.  I hope you will consider joining us for the study.  Details are below this meditation. Today is the Feast of St. Andrew the Apostle and brother of St. Peter.  In my book Rosary Meditations for Real Life I have a section that is devoted to viewing the 20 mysteries of the rosary through the eyes of different...

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Christ the King and Sins of Omission

Sunday November 26th, 2017 Feast of Christ the King Isn't it interesting that the Gospel doesn't read like this.... "Then the king will say to those on his right, 'Come, you who are blessed by my Father. Inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For you gave in the collection basket and you helped with the festival, and you were on a committee and you never missed Mass, you didn't kill anyone and you didn't drink too much, and you didn't do drugs and didn't commit adultery, and you were pretty nice to your family, friends and neighbors" and "Then he will say to those on his left,'Depart from me, you accursed, into the eternal...

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Virgins, Lamps, and Oil

To use a Jeff Cavins term, I needed to use a lot of Winne-the Pooh theology on this one - think, think, think. What is meant by this lamp that all of the virgins have? What is meant by the oil that some have and others allow to run out? Why is it that those with lit lamps are allowed into the banquet while the others are not? When I think of a lamp I automatically think of light which is not a bad thing. However, a lamp in the Old Testament most often refers to the presence of God. When God makes a covenant with Abraham, God is seen as a lamp passing through the midst of the slaughtered...

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My Guardian Angel

Monday October 2nd - Memorial of the Holy Guardian Angels Matthew 18:1-5, 10 In 1998 I was working for an electrical contractor as an apprentice. We were working on the airport in Columbus, OH., remodeling a large section of the concourse. Since it covered such vast area of the airport the work needed to be done at night when traffic was low. I was not accustomed to working third-shift and it began to take a toll. Every morning, on my hour-long drive back home, I struggled to stay awake. I would roll down the window to feel the cool morning breeze or I would eat so that I was occupied and kept my mind busy. Coffee didn't have any effect....

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