Whoever loses his life will save it

Saint Albert the Great, Bishop and Doctor of the Church (Optional Memorial)   Whoever loses his life will save it.    What’s the best thing you could do if you’re ever caught in quicksand?   Relax!   It may sound illogical, but the last thing you want to do is fight frantically to get out.   Because the more you struggle, the deeper you will sink.   The key is to loosen up, lean back, and allow your body to float.   Your legs will slowly rise...

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The Kingdom of God is among you

32nd Week in Ordinary Time The Kingdom of God is among you.    Sometimes hidden forces are the most powerful.   Think about the work that goes into digging a canal: huge machines, lots of noise, noticed by everybody.   Now, compare that with the way the Colorado River carved the Grand Canyon.   It was a slower process, and no one would have even noticed what was happening at first.   But the final results are much more impressive.   No...

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One of them, realizing he had been healed, returned

Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini, Virgin (Memorial) One of them, realizing he had been healed, returned.    Why do humans everywhere give gifts to each other?   Probably for two reasons.   First, we give gifts to one another as a sign of our love and affection.   We are grateful for their role in our lives, and we want to show them how much they mean to us.   Second, gifts are also a way to cement or deepen our relationships with our loved ones. ...

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The souls of the just are in the hand of God

Saint Josaphat, Bishop and Martyr (Memorial)   The souls of the just are in the hand of God.   If God had hands, what do you think they would look like?   Maybe the outstretched finger bringing forth life in Michelangelo’s famous fresco The Creation of Adam?   Maybe the strong, slightly aged hands clasped gently in prayer depicted in sixteenth-century artist Albrecht Dürer’s drawing Praying Hands?   Or perhaps the capable, calloused hands of...

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Quote of the Week | November 11, 2019

“Struggling and suffering are the essence of a life worth living.   If you’re not pushing yourself beyond the comfort zone, if you’re not demanding more from yourself – expanding and learning as you go – you’re choosing a numb existence.   You’re denying yourself an extraordinary trip.” -Dean...

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You should forgive him

Saint Martin of Tours, Bishop (Memorial)   You should forgive him.    “How can Jesus expect me to forgive someone who has hurt me so much or so often?”   Jesus knows how hard it can be to forgive, but he still wants us to try.   Perhaps we feel deeply hurt, offended, or betrayed.   Or maybe the sheer repetition of even a minor offense has left us exhausted or exasperated.   Still, Jesus says, “Forgive.”   There are no conditions or loopholes to...

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God is our refuge and our strength

The Dedication of the Lateran Basilica (Feast)   God is our refuge and our strength.   Although the Lateran Basilica is located in Rome, today’s feast is a celebration for the whole Church.   Long considered the mother church for Catholics throughout the world, the basilica has a tumultuous history.   Built sometime between 311–314, it was plundered in 455 and destroyed by an earthquake in 896.   It was rebuilt but then burned down twice. ...

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