Tips to Avoid Anxiety This Holiday Season (#601, Advent 1)

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Avoid the anxieties and tribulations of the season: Look back with Gratitude. Look forward to more blessings by praying a decade of the Rosary every day as a family. Let us wait in joyful hope for the coming of our Savior each day of Advent. [AUDIO]

A Holiday Season of Thanksgiving (#553, Thanksgiving Day)

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It’s easy to forget how blessed we are. Thanksgiving reminds us of the proper attitude, even in the midst of suffering. In all things give thanks. Let’s make the “holiday season” be a Season of Thanksgiving. (26 Nov 2015)

Start a Gratitude Journal

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I was talking to a priest friend about issues in our parishes. The more we talked about our problems, the more frustrated we both became. Our challenges grew bigger and our abilities shrunk. Then my friend said he’d read an article about a pastor who was incredibly successful. His Masses were well attended and his collections were overflowing. “What was …

Jesus Knocking at the Door

To Enter the Kingdom, Let the Kingdom Enter You (#552, Christ the King)

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Jesus is the King of everything — stars and planets, stuff, animals — everything but you. Jesus invites but does not force; the choice is yours. Do you want to enter God’s kingdom? Then you must allow the Kingdom of God to enter you. (22 Nov 2015)

Prayer: Consolation and Desolation

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I was on retreat a few years ago and discovered how wonderful prayer could be. For the first time in my life I was looking forward to my daily prayers. Within a few weeks after I got home, I had stopped daily meditation. My prayer had gotten dry and fruitless. It was hard to put the time in only to …

Stop Singing Hell’s Theme Song (#551, 33rd Sunday)

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When the world starts to fall apart, we know that Jesus is closer than ever. God loves us and has plans for our ultimate happiness. The theme song of Hell is, “I Did It My Way.” Change your tune! The theme song of Heaven is “Amazing Grace.” (15 Nov 2015)

How to Get Greater Blessings from God (#550, 32nd Sunday)

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The poor widow is not afraid to give away her last piece of bread. God gives her a greater blessing. What is God inviting you to sacrifice? Every Christian must live a life of daily sacrifice until we sacrifice our life itself. (8 Nov 2015)

Prayer: Dealing with Distractions

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Anyone who has invested time and energy in prayer has discovered that it’s difficult. Prayer requires work, and it is often fraught with distractions. One of my most frequently asked questions is how to deal with distractions. Since I have mastered the art of praying without distractions, I will LOOK A SQUIRREL! Where was I? It seems to me that …

The Dead are Alive in Christ (#549, All Souls)

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Christ is the vine and we are branches. Our prayers help the dead; their prayers help us. We call this the Communion of Saints. Do you wish Christ had taken your loved one by the hand and said, “Be healed?” Our faith tells us that He did. (2 Nov 2015)