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Let Your Thoughts Turn on the Praise of God

Let Your Thoughts Turn on the Praise of God

When I recently began praying the Divine Office, something significant leapt out to me. In prayer, it is easy to focus on ourselves. We ask for favors, thank God for things He’s done, and beg His pardon for our sins. How much time, though, do we devote to praising Him?

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Choosing to Enjoy Life Amidst Anxieties and Troubles

Choosing to Enjoy Life Amidst Anxieties and Troubles

“Do you know,” said Anne confidentially, “I’ve made up my mind to enjoy this drive.  It’s been my experience that you can nearly always enjoy things if you make up your mind firmly that you will.”

In this scene, eleven-year-old Anne is facing the prospect of being sent back to an orphan asylum because…

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It’s Not Too Late: Beginning Now Wherever You Are

It’s Not Too Late: Beginning Now Wherever You Are

With Laetare Sunday come and gone, we are officially more than halfway through Lent. It’s about this time that priests break out the “Stay on track! Don’t give up! Easter is coming!” homilies. Not without reason, mind you. It’s easy to start out Lent with grand resolutions only to…

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Lent: It’s Not a Self-Improvement Program

Lent: It’s Not a Self-Improvement Program

Too often we treat the Lenten season as a self-improvement program. Instead of seeking to draw closer to God, we end up seeking ourselves. A classic example is someone giving up chocolate so they can lose weight. Their focus is on an ulterior motive, not God.

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Spiritual Stupor and the Duty of the Moment

Spiritual Stupor and the Duty of the Moment

The account of David committing adultery with Bathsheba opens thus: “In the spring of the year, the time when kings go out to battle, David sent Joab with his officers and all Israel with him; they ravaged the Ammonites, and besieged Rabbah. But David remained at Jerusalem.”

Take note of that last bit, “but David remained in Jerusalem.” That’s where the trouble begins.

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Celebrating Advent at St. Joseph’s Shelf

Celebrating Advent at St. Joseph’s Shelf

November’s at an end, and it seems we barely scratched the surface with the topic of “Suffering with Christ”. Don’t worry, we’ve got it noted down as something to cover more of in the future.

To decorate for the season of Advent, starting December 1st, we’ll have an Advent wreath….

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Memento Mori: Month of the Holy Souls

Memento Mori: Month of the Holy Souls

Are you ready for your death?  So many things in the world attract us and take our attention away from the fact that we were made for eternity.  Beginning with Halloween at the end of October and all throughout November, the Church remembers in her prayers in a special way all those who have died.

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St. Joseph’s Shelf Is Up!

St. Joseph’s Shelf Is Up!

Welcome to St. Joseph’s Shelf!  We’re excited to be launching the site and are so glad to have you here. The purpose of this site is simple: We want to help you sanctify your ordinary life and become a saint. How?  By diving deep into important subjects that...

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