Though the Road be Long

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What hope we have, even in the longest night, for the light will overcome. We will not fear, for we know the sun will rise. Hallelujah is our song! The journey continues. While there has been a little light in terms of the opening of some ‘non-essential’ businesses, we continue our exile from Mass, with no end in sight. I …

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God Promised to Handle All My Problems then This Happened | #1026

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Easter 3 – I dropped my “God will handle your problems” mug and the handle broke right off. Did God let me down? No! Our struggles and sufferings are a participation in the Paschal Mystery. You walked with Jesus and now he walks with you. God’s got this!

Hallelujah Is Our Song

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What hope we have, even in the longest night, for the light will overcome. We will not fear, for we know the sun will rise. Hallelujah is our song. Hallelujah! Hallelujah! He is risen over all. Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah is our song. This past week my family was engaged in a thoughtful, scholarly debate on the next steps out of …

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I Wrote a Book! Oriens: A Pilgrimage Through Advent and Christmas Available This Summer

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I was featured on the second episode of Fridays with Father from Spiritus Ministries. I talk about my Advent meditation book coming out this summer. And I never actually mentioned it’s name! Rookie mistake. It’s called Oriens: A Pilgrimage Through Advent and Christmas and it will be available through OSV. Watch the video to learn more about the inspiration behind …

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Where Do You Find Signs of New Life? | #1025

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Easter 2 – We find peace, not when things change ‘out there’, but when our hearts change. We need to realize the depth of God’s love for us. The trials we are suffering are preparing us for new life. Let Jesus put his finger in your wounds.

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The Easter Sequence

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Easter Sunday, you might have noticed a pause before the priest read the Gospel. This pause was the Sequence, an ancient poem set to music. While it has been translated into English, the original is so much nicer. We can sing the Sequence for every day of the Octave of Easter. Take a little time to listen to it and …

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This Blood Donor Stopped a Pandemic | #1024

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Easter – Jesus offered his blood so that we could be freed from the pandemic of sin. Today he invites you to live a new life in Him. We need to die to our old selves and rise again every year, every week, and indeed, every day. Happy Easter!