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25 Words or Less

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  A publisher is holding a pitch contest next week where you have to pitch your novel in 25 words or less.  The winner receives a free 25 page edit, and if the manuscript is in good enough shape, a … Continue reading

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Jobs Not Jails

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Back in March I had the privilege of attending the Los Angeles Religious Education Congress and heard Father Greg Boyle, S. J. speak about his life among Los Angeles’ gang members and the many things he has learned from working … Continue reading

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What we Need, When we Need It

I am afraid to look at the online balance of my deferred compensation account.  The stock market’s roller coaster ride of the past week has likely taken a toll on my retirement income, but if I don’t look at the … Continue reading

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T-Shirt Theology

You can tell a lot about a person by the kinds of T-shirts they wear. For example, one of my favorite T-shirts is the one that says,  “Jesus Was a Victim of the Death Penalty”.  Anyone that really knows me … Continue reading

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I Will Never Leave You or Forsake You

One of my favorite scriptures about Hope is Hebrews 13:5-6, which reads for He has said, “I will never leave you or forsake you”, so we can boldly say, “the Lord is my helper, I will not be afraid. What … Continue reading

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Our Father

Do you ever find it hard to pray?  I know that I do.  Sometimes the words seem hollow, or worse yet, forced. I know in my heart what I want to say, but the words have a hard time rising … Continue reading

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Johnny Appleseed

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I was a Girl Scout when I was young and in addition to teaching me to always “Be Prepared”, I also learned a little something about God. First, I learned that “do a good turn daily” was just another way … Continue reading

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This is the Body of Christ

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Children across the faith are looking forward to First Holy Communion, having completed up to three years of sacramental preparation depending on the practices of their local diocese.  Some of these children will be as young as seven years old … Continue reading

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One More Potato in the Pot

There used to be a time when being Catholic meant coming from a large family.  The Church’s teachings on birth control and all children being a blessing from God led to some pretty big dinner tables around the world, particularly … Continue reading

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Does Your Parish Have Money Problems? Maybe It’s Really a Heart Problem!

Everywhere we turn, it seems someone, or some organization, is having money problems.  Our parishes are no exception.  Or are they?  Do our parishes really have money problems?  Maybe what we’re actually suffering from is a heart problem.  Jesus said … Continue reading

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