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More Than Repaired—Transformed

More Than Repaired—Transformed

Have you ever felt broken beyond repair?

Fr. J. shared a story of how he once broke a precious vase. He could have fixed the vase, but to no avail. Even if every piece were glued back into place, you’d still see the multitude of cracks running through the vase.

Sometimes, we resemble that vase and we wonder: Can God fix me and, if so, why doesn’t He?

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Preparing for Mass

Preparing for Mass

Do you prepare for Mass?

We prepare for so many things—work, school, a birthday party, a vacation—so as to do or enjoy those things as best we can.

Likewise, we need to prepare to celebrate the sacrifice of the Mass. It is…

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Cultivating a deep, personal relationship with God that grounds your whole life.

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Delving into the saints, sacraments, and various teachings, devotions, and traditions that make up the fabric of life in the Catholic Church.

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Drawing close to others through Christ and helping them on the road to Heaven.

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Bringing our Faith into the secular world and letting it shape and inform us regarding college life, entertainment, mental health, and other areas of struggle.

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Short reflections reminiscent of those “Ah ha!” moments we all have when something clicks with us.

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Contemplating the Good in Others

Contemplating the Good in Others

I had coffee recently with my friend Frances. We were talking about the struggle all of us encounter at times when people fail to understand us. Frances then shared with me a beautiful image God planted in her mind regarding this difficulty.

Contemplating the Good in Others

I had coffee recently with my friend Frances. We were talking about the struggle all of us encounter at times when people fail to understand us. Frances then shared with me a beautiful image God planted in her mind regarding this difficulty.

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