Faith, Family, and Fatherhood — Meditations

Pumpkins and Sacraments

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Pumpkins and Sacraments

I was asked to re-post this for Halloween, enjoy. Reclaiming the Night  It seems as though the world always takes things we Catholics celebrate and twists them for pleasure and gain. For instance, Mardi Gras has gone from a celebration before we enter a time of self-examination and penance to an excuse to drink, party, and worse. Halloween is no different. It has turned from a time of remembering those who have gone before us in Christ as well as our own mortality to a time of celebrating darkness and even evil. The world has taken our remembrance of those...

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Who is in Control of your Life?

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Who is in Control of your Life?

Wednesday, October 3rd Luke 9:57-62 Recently a semi-famous actor/comedian stated that he was "eternally grateful" that his wife had aborted their first child.  He reasoned that otherwise the life they have now, the life they crafted and created would not have been possible.  If that child had seen the light of day, then perhaps the careers they now have, the home the enjoy, the lifestyle they live, and the children they chose to have would not be here today.  He reasons, for some reason, that that first child they conceived would have ruined their lives.  And so he or she...

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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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Good Sheep and Good Shepherds

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Good Sheep and Good Shepherds

Friday, September 28th, 2018 "Certainly, if there are good sheep there are also good shepherds; good sheep give rise to good shepherds" - St. Augustine For the past couple of weeks we have been reading in the Office of Readings St. Augustine as he lambastes the shepherds who tend to themselves and ignore the flock.  Yet today, this one line stings the flock; "Certainly, if there are good sheep there are also good shepherds; good sheep give rise to good shepherds" If we look at the current situation in the Church it is easy for us to stand in the...

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The Everlasting King

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The Everlasting King

Thursday September 28th, 2018 St. Vincent de Paul Luke 9:1-6 An earthly king doth question who, Be the man who dost such things. Be he a prophet or Elijah of old, Or the one whose neck made sword to ring? The king's perplexed, His vision blurred, His past and future vexed. Can bone and sinew, Join the spirit, And the living flesh? Tis not a prophet from of old, Nor the bane of Baal he sees. Tis not the Voice, No, none of these, Tis the everlasting King. Author's Note:  I realize that not everyone appreciates poetry.  In speaking with...

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