The Assumption and Pedal Power | BP#840

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Assumption of Mary • The Assumption of Mary teaches us three things: 1) Life is a journey 2) It has ups and downs 3) We don’t have to do it alone. Keep peddling!

(15 Aug 2018)

Going Deeper: Do you see your life as a journey? How do the struggles in life look different when you see them as hills to be climbed?

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Seeing the World with Eucharistic Eyes | BP#839

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19th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year B) • A good artist creates art that is beautiful but also meaningful. God is the greatest artist, and his art contains the greatest meaning. The gift of the Eucharist nourishes us spiritually. But it also teaches us to “see” God’s love hidden in the world around us. The only life not worth living is the life you live for yourself. When we see with Eucharistic eyes, we can become the Eucharistic people God made us to be.

(12 Aug 2018)

Going Deeper: When have you seen God’s extraordinary love hidden in something seemingly ordinary? Share your thoughts in the comments.

Thanks to our mission partners Joan and Ron!

Well-Fed Slaves | BP#838

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18th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year B) We become slaves to fear, pleasure, and expectations. Going to a Steubenville youth conference helps me appreciate the freedom of faithful young people. I walked with a couple through a difficult pregnancy that turned out to be a tremendous blessing. The solution to slavery is faithful obedience to God. He helps us walk away from our pleasures and expectations and through our fears into true life.

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Peace is not the absence of troubles; Peace is the presence of God

Peace Is Closer Than You Think | BP#837

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16th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year B) Often on vacation we find that the restlessness has traveled with us. Where can we go to find true peace? Jesus is with us always and He wants to give us peace. You can always take a moment to be present to the God who is present to you. Don’t wait until you go on vacation to look for peace. Move towards the middle of the wheel. Let’s start right now.

(22 Jul 2018)

Going Deeper: For the first 60 seconds of your morning just be still… Breathe deeply, intentionally. Pay attention to what’s around you, consider the ordinary things in the space around you that are in fact extraordinary; sunlight, the smell of coffee, sounds of birds, morning traffic outside the window, the fabric of the armchair you’re sitting in. You get to experience it all. You exist because of the Father’s love. Rest in that free, unearned gift of being and being loved for just a minute. ~from

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A Marriage “in the Church” not in a Church?

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“Father, can you officiate my backyard wedding?” I get these calls several times a year. “No, I’m not allowed to celebrate a wedding outside a Catholic Church,” I explain. One US Diocese is temporarily permitting priests to celebrate outdoor weddings. It’s a one year experiment in meeting people where they are at (in the backyard, apparently). I understand the importance of meeting people where they are at. But I don’t think this is the right way to do it. Even if my Diocese followed suite, I would decline to celebrate outdoor weddings. Let me explain why.

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Your Seat in the Symphony | BP#836

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15th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year B) Can you really “be anything you want to be?” If we take this too far, we find our puny will opposed by every other person, and the whole universe. Our human nature places limits upon us. You can be a janitor, but you can’t be a lightbulb. Trying to be what you weren’t made for leads to anxiety, anger, resentment, depression, even suicide.

There is another answer. You have a creator who has created, blessed, destined, and chosen you. God has made space in the universe for your tiny will. You have a reserved seat at the symphony; you have a roll just for you. Learn to listen to the Conductor and to play your roll well. Instead of screaming at others, “I’m significant”, start telling them, “You are a gift.”

(15 Jul 2018)

Going Deeper: Tomorrow, set out to treat every person you meet as, “Called, blessed, destined, and chosen.” How can your words and actions tell the people around you: “You are significant, You are a gift”?

Thanks to Bishop Barron and Bill Watterson

Prophets, Fireflies, and Fireworks | BP#835

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14th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year B) We probably think that prophets are called to preach the Gospel in far-off lands. But God calls you to preach the Gospel in your own town and to your own family. Here are three suggestions for preaching the Gospel to your children:

  1. Let yourself be challenged and changed
  2. Pray with your children
  3. Play with your children

When we get down to their level and see with their eyes, we begin to realize that they too are the prophets, and we are the rebellious house.

(8 Jul 2018)

Going Deeper: Teach your children the Our Father, if they don’t know it already. If you were to preach the Gospel at home, where would you start? Make a plan.

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Touched By Love | BP#834

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13th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year B) The touch of Jesus is the touch of healing Love. Jesus touched José, Greg, and Kyle through Confessions, daily Mass, and CYE. Sometimes we have to seek Jesus and take hold of his garments. At other times we need to stay put and wait for Jesus. Are you confident in Jesus’ love for you?

(1 July 2018)

Going Deeper: Ask the Blessed Virgin Mary to help you be confident in Jesus’ love for you.

Tell Your Face The Good News | BP#833

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Birthday of John the Baptist • Our family tells us where we come from, but only God can reveal to us who we are. Turn to Jesus for your identity. You will find him calling you to be a disciple and then sending you as a missionary. To be fully yourself, you must live John’s motto: “He must increase, but I must decrease.”

(24 Jun 2018)

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Going Deeper: Joe was an avid gardener and loved to share the fruits of his labor with everyone. Things that Joe loved most in life were the Lord and Blessed Mother, his family, and being a US Army Veteran. Obituary for Paul “Joe” Brabant

What will your obituary say you loved most?