Have You Forgotten Who You Are? | #908

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Baptism of the Lord – Baptism greets us at the door and washes away our false identities. It leads to the altar of praise, then sends us out to remind others who they are. God never forgot Jayme Closs or Elizabeth Smart. He has not forgotten you.

Why the Nativity Scene has an Ox and a Donkey | #907

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Holy Family — When the angel comes looking for us, are we going to be too proud, selfish, or busy to serve the Holy Family? Or will we be humble, hard-working, and generous? Let Jesus be the King of your heart; let him be the Lord of your family.

The Baptized Need to Be Opened (#541, 23rd Sunday)

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The Lord Jesus made the deaf to hear and the mute to speak. May he soon touch your ears to receive His word and your mouth to proclaim His faith, to the praise and glory of God the Father. Spend quality time with Jesus and let Him “open” you. (6 Sep 2015)

Bring One Another to Eternal Life (#519, Lent 5)

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The little death and resurrection of Baptism prepares you for the big death and the big resurrection to Eternal life. Both times the Community brings you to Christ. Let us bring others to Christ. Let us bring others to Eternal Life. (22 Mar 2015)

Let Perpetual Light Shine Upon Us (#518, Lent 4)

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Receive the Light of Christ… when you walk in His light, you can avoid stumbling over the latest fads. The light of God’s merciful love can reach you no matter how far you wander. May you keep the flame of faith alive in your heart. (15 Mar 2015)

De-Clutter God’s Favorite Place to Be (#517, Lent 3)

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God loves being in the Tabernacle but His favorite place to be is your heart. At Baptism you were made a temple of the Holy Spirit. Is your temple clean and pure like Jesus, or cluttered and distracted? Listen to the Spirit as he reminds you: stop making My house a marketplace. (8 Mar 2015)

Your True Identity: Beloved Children on the Road to Resurrection (#516, Lent 2)

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Children yearn for parents who love them. Jesus radiates His baptismal dignity as the Father says, “I love you.” Receive your true identity and tell others: Baptism makes us God’s beloved Sons and Daughters on the road to Resurrection. (1 Mar 2015)

Washed and Clothed with Your True Identity (#515, Lent 1)

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In the time of Noah God washed the world clean of sin. Baptism washes the Christian clean and gives each one a new name and a new identity. Sonia Singh rescues abandoned and abused dolls. God has rescued you; you are loved. Do you know it? (22 Feb 2015)