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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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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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Tarry in the Triduum

Tarry in the Triduum

When Holy Week arrives, there is a sense of anticipation. Palm Sunday begins a countdown to Easter for many people, a time when we can return to the things we gave up for Lent. But is this the right way to approach Holy Week? How do we make the most effective use of our time during the holiest week of the liturgical year?

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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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