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Look Down and See the King Is At Your Door | #944

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Ordinary 26 – Where do we find friends in high places? We find them in the low places! When you open your heart to the poor, you open your heart to Our Lord. Look down and see — the King is at your door. Look down, don’t fright, he’s covered in sores.

FOR THE POOR

Get Yourself Some Friends In High Places | #943

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Ordinary 25 – We are stewards, entrusted with God’s blessings. Why are you squandering God’s money on yourself and on this world? Even the dishonest steward learns that money isn’t everything. Use the gifts God has given you to bless others!

Prophets, Fireflies, and Fireworks | #835

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Ordinary 14 – 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.

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Building the Kingdom one Block at a Time (#647, 27th Sunday)

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Does your corner of the God’s Kingdom reflect good stewardship? God can do amazing things when we just do the little tasks we have been given. Mother Therese and St. Therese of Lisieux were fruitful because they were faithful. [AUDIO]

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Do This Before You Die (#645, 25th Sunday)

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We are Stewards of God’s stuff. God expects us to use it wisely, generously, and for the good of others. All the stuff we have will one day belong to others. Use it while you still can to make your Master proud of you. [AUDIO]

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100,000 Miles and Counting

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My first year in my three-parish assignment was also one of the snowiest years on record. After the third snowfall of 14+ inches, I decided it was time for a vehicle with all-wheel drive. I took delivery of my new Subaru Forester on the feast of St. Anthony in 2011. It was the year of the tsunami and nuclear reactor meltdown; …

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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)