Faith, Family, and Fatherhood — Scripture Study

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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A Mother Who Keeps Her Promises

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Our Lady of Guadalupe

Luke 1:26-38 or 39-47

Over the past couple weeks I have witnessed the Rite of the Catechumenate at two different parishes. Those seeking admission to the Catechumenate are asked two primary questions. First, they are asked, "What do you ask of God's Church?" To which they reply, "faith." Second, they are asked, "What does faith offer you?" And they reply simply, "eternal...

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Bringing Others to Jesus

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Monday, December 11th, 2017

Luke 5:17-26

Have you ever been paralyzed? This could be physical, emotional, or spiritual paralyzation. I think many of us have been paralyzed at some time or another. We know the agony that comes with desiring to do something but not being able to will ourselves to do it. So there we sit, stuck in a rut or flat on a mat, waiting for something or someone to heal us.

Do...

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Conceived Without Fear

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Conceived Without Fear

Friday, December 8th, 2017 Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception What do you think you would do if you were to come face to face with God this very instant? We all like to imagine what we would do, but if we were honest with ourselves we would admit that we would probably want to crawl under the closest rock. Even though we may have just come back from Confession and Mass, we would still know that we are not worthy to stand in the presence of God. Throughout Scripture we are given examples of how people react to encounters with...

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