Mending Relationships

Tell my brother to share the inheritance with me. Every parent of more than one child has heard pleas like this one.   “Tell him to stop teasing me.”   “Make her share that toy.”   Many parents know better than to step into the middle of a conflict like this.   Instead, they might ask a few questions to help the child to think or examine his motives.   They help the child find ways to handle the conflict without their direct intervention. ...

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What belongs to God

Repay to Caesar what belongs to Caesar and to God what belongs to God. Do you see the trap these Pharisees were setting when they asked Jesus if it was lawful to pay the census tax to Caesar?   If he had said that the tax was not lawful, he would have been branded as a revolutionary and a threat to the Romans.   If he had said that the tax was lawful, he would have been branded as a collaborator with the oppressive imperial regime. Jesus saw...

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I trust in you

Hoping against hope… Doesn’t that sound like a noble effort reserved only for the great saints?   Consider Abraham, God asked him to sacrifice Isaac, the son of the promise, and it was hope that led him to raise the knife.   We might feel we could never rise to that level! The truth is, you’re probably hoping against hope already.   As a faithful Catholic, you do things that seem out of step or illogical all the time—and each one...

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Quote of the Week – December 4, 2017

“Stay positive and happy. Work hard and don’t give up hope. Be open to criticism and keep learning. Surround yourself with happy, warm and genuine people.” -Tena Desae

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Beware. Hypocrisy, unbelief, unspoken judgments, hatred, resentment, lust, every kind of base desire—all will ultimately be brought to light and shouted from the rooftops.   That thought might make you feel panicky.   We all have sins that we hope will never be revealed.   Like Adam and Eve, we try to hide the things that make us feel ashamed and guilty. But Jesus came bringing good news, not bad.   And today’s good news is this: you are...

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My soul waits for the Lord

My soul waits for the Lord. Did you know that there is a restaurant inside Disneyland with a fourteen-year waiting list?   Most of us will never wait that long for tickets to a Broadway play, let alone a nice meal!   We’re probably more used to waiting a few minutes for the bathroom to become free, for the microwave to finish, or for a bus to arrive.   What’s more, with the growth of devices like smartphones, we now have so many ways to pass...

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I am ready

Ask the master of the harvest to send out laborers for his harvest. What do you think it means to labor for the Lord’s harvest?   Is Jesus talking only about the “harvest” at the end of time? Probably not. Some people have suggested that Luke was a doctor; others say he was a painter.   Either way, he was surely a traveling missionary with St. Paul.   As he went from town to town preaching the gospel, Luke saw many people experience the kingdom...

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