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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!

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It’s Not WHAT You Give Up for Lent, but WHY? | #915

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Ash Wednesday – It’s good to give up things because we want to be better, healthier, have more time, less addicted. But Lent is about uniting our sacrifices to the sacrifice of Christ on the cross. If we die with Him, we will also rise with Him.

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The Right Way To Use All Things, Including Erasers Shaped Like Wrenches | #913

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Ordinary 6 – We wouldn’t be so worried about pleasure, power, possessions or popularity if we believed in the Resurrection. We must use created things as much as they help us to fulfill our purpose, and rid ourselves of them so far as they hinder us.

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Sufferings Are Stepping Stones (#725, Easter 4)

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The Good Shepherd lays down his life for his sheep. What about the trials we go through? We want abundant life. But to get there, our Good Shepherd must lead us through sufferings and trials. The sufferings are stepping stones. [AUDIO]

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We Have No Idea How Much God Suffers (#721, Good Friday)

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We have no idea how much God suffers, because we have no idea how much God loves us. Jesus takes our sins and buries them in the tomb. “I love you this much,” says Jesus, and he stretches out his hands and dies for you. [AUDIO]

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How to Find Hope in Suffering (#614, Lent 3)

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Featuring Deacon Michael: God knows well what we are suffering. St. John Paul II and Blessed Chiara Badano both found hope by uniting their sufferings with the sufferings of Jesus. They encountered Jesus and came to know I AM as Our Father. [AUDIO]

The Sign of True Love (#542, 24th Sunday)

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It’s not enough to say “I Love You”; we must do it. Jesus loves by serving and sacrificing. So must we. He asks His friends to walk with Him down the road of suffering. We should never fear the cross for it is the sign of True Love. (13 Sep 2015)

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How to Pick the Perfect Cross (#441, Holy Cross)

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The cross was an instrument of torture and oppression. But Jesus has turned it into a sign of God’s great love. Love conquers all. How can we turn our burdens into crosses? By carrying them with love, just like Jesus did. The path of Jesus is hard, but it’s worth it.

Ord22 – Full of Love, Free of Selfishness | #137

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Ordinary22 – I just got back from World Youth Day 2011 in Spain. Peter (and I) life for pleasure and avoid pain. Jesus has something better in mind: a life full of love and free of selfishness. He invites His disciples to do the same. Follow Him!