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Not Resentful
23:22

Have you ever lost your peace and become unhappy because something bad happened? Did someone do you wrong and you could not let it go and get on with loving God because you could not accept what happened? Does God love you so little that you need justice and not more of His love and mercy?

Love is never perfect if it does not let go and let God be God in all things.

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May 22, 2019
Not Irritated
24:27

What bothers you or makes you lose happiness? Is it that things do not go your way? Or when you are insulted?

The love that Christ had for you. The love that went to a cross was not easily irritated by our sins. Shouldn't we love without finding things annoying?

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May 21, 2019
Love Only Jesus
27:59

Do you want God because He is God, or because you crave something? When we seek God to do something for us instead of wanting only to please God, we do not love God as we ought. Love truly does not seek selfish desires above just being loving. If you have to have God accept you as you are, with what you crave to be then you do not love God as God.

We do not think about marrying another person and insisting that they give us our way. Instead, when a man loves a woman and seeks to marry her, he gives himself to love her completely and only. How can we not live that love for God alone?

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May 20, 2019
Love as He Loved
19:06

Would anyone know you are a Christian if you said nothing about your faith? If not, is it because you do not love as Jesus did? This is the one way He told you and commanded you that would allow the world to recognize that you follow Him.

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May 19, 2019
Abandoned to Love
20:41

Is it possible to love anything if you do not seek only it? Too often we want things our way at the cost of what is truly our heart's desire. We want two masters instead of one Lord. But, God calls us to an undivided love of Him that will transform us.

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May 18, 2019
Seeking Only God
21:42

When you are in love does anything matter but the object of your affections? I would doubt that anything would be more important to you than the thing you love, whether it is a person or thing. So when we truly love God with all our heart, mind, soul and being we gain Him instead of losing Him by gaining the created world.

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May 17, 2019
Humble Love
22:54

What are you really? Do you see yourself as something great or important? Or do you realize that you are a creature or sinner saved by grace?

When we love God properly, we have a real proper understanding of who and what we are. Such knowledge stirs us to love God in the reality of truth. 

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May 16, 2019
Prayer: Communicating Love
24:03

If there is one thing that is key to any relationship it is communication. Without some form of understanding what the other thinks and believes, no love or trust is possible. For that reason, the most important part of our relationship with God is the prayer that unites us with Him and makes race possible.

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May 15, 2019
Communion of Love
19:48

How often do you go to Mass and receive communion like you are punching a time clock? Is it really love for God that comes late to Mass, right before the gospel, and departs as soon as communion has been received? I am sure you would not think that anyone really cared about you if they only listened to some of what you have to say- like the gospel only at Mass- or leave once they got whatever you were providing them - like communion at Mass. So why treat God so unimportantly? Why only come to Mass and leave like He is only a thing to be used?

If we truly understood what the Mass and communion really was, we would act differently. We would love Him who so loved us. We would desire it even when we were doing other things.

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May 14, 2019
Renewed by Love
24:01

Why should we think about the things of God? In order to know Him better, of course. How else can we expect to be in love with a God we do not know?

While scripture can be a good place to begin learning about God, we must also learn about Him by doing as well. Going to Mass, living the works of mercy, prayer and just examining our lives are steps by which we can be renewed by love and made fit saints for heaven.

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May 13, 2019
4th Sunday of Easter 2019
13:26

Do you hear the voice of your Shepard? If not, how are you His? Do you live the way that shows you are lead by Him? If not, why do you profess a lie?

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May 12, 2019
Resolving to be a Saint
23:56

In the book of Joshua, we learn that we need to make a decision for Christ. For Joshua declares, "as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord." How often do we continue as Christians in the sins that we committed before we dedicated our lives to Christ? This is something that should not be. We need to make a resolution that we will persevere in the path that God has laid out before us and truly become the saints that God wants us to be.

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May 11, 2019
Choosing to Desire Love
17:32

How do we being to overcome our sins without desiring to be holy? There is no other way to greater things with God than to love Him with all our heart, mind, soul, strength and everything that we are. With desire, we enter into the conflict of wrestling with Satan and ourselves. This is where we begin to cooperate with grace and enter into the love of God that saves us.

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May 10, 2019
Love is not Lukewarm
26:59

Have you found that at times you are not as devoted to God? That there are moments when you are just indifferent to what He wants or desires for you? These moments can come during prayer or on a Sunday morning when we head out to mass/church and maybe instead stay home because we do not feel like going.

Such a lukewarmness or indifference to the things of God show that we are in a very dangerous state of not loving God or others. This can lead to wickedness that must be fought with and overcome.

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May 10, 2019
Love is not Jealous
24:45

Why does it matter to you if you fail? Do you get upset with the success of others? In both of these acts, we show that we are not loving. 

When we truly love God above all things, our success and the success of others becomes unimportant. For we are fixed with one thought, to please God. If we please Him, we cannot possibly be failures or have reason to hate the success of another.

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May 08, 2019
Love is Kind
24:17

One of the sure ways in which we show we are Christians is to be gentle, kind people. We ought not to be people who seek to be avenged when wronged. We should turn the other cheek and love those who treat us with evil malice.

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May 07, 2019
Love is Patient
24:34

Why do bad things happen? This seems to be a very common question for many people during difficult times. But the answer to this question is found on a cross. A cross where you are crucified with Christ. A cross we must be willing to take up and follow Him with.

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May 06, 2019
3rd Sunday of Easter 2019
21:39

The theme for today's reading is about duty. We continue to think about our obligation to love God and obey Him more than a Sanhedrin that would command us not to speak about Him. Our obedience is based on the love of God that forgave us and commands s to take care of those around us.

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May 05, 2019
Obligated To Love
28:27

If someone was willing to pay a debt that you were unwilling to pay, would they have a right to your love? Or some sort of reciprocal action?

Many when they see the offer of eternal life as offered from the cross respond in one of two ways. They either take that gift and assume they are not obligated to return such love in repentance or they refuse that gift not wanting to be in debt to a God that loved them so much that he gave His only Son.

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May 04, 2019
Faith That Loves
27:16

No one can believe without knowing the love that inspires that faith. This is the great lesson of the gospel. God so loved the world that we can believe in Him for eternal life.

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May 03, 2019
Love in a Sacrament
25:05

As we consider the love of Christ the one thing that reveals His personal love more than any other is the Blessed Sacrament. In it, we can taste and see that the Lord is good because by it we can taste Him, feed on Him, and receive Hin into our very beings.

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May 02, 2019
Loving Like Christ
26:52

Nothing motivates the heart to love more than recalling the greatest act of love that is done on their behalf. This is the principle behind the command to love one another as yourself. Because it is not a command to love in a way you might want to experience love. It is rather a command to love in the manner in which you have been loved. The "as I have loved you" ( John 13:34-35).

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May 01, 2019
A Love which Dies
24:24

This Easter we get a chance to consider the great love that God has for each one of us. A love that died on a cross and rose again to call us into an intimate fellowship with a God that loved us from all eternity and was consumed with each of us and our wellbeing even when we were lost in sin.

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Apr 30, 2019
The Goal of the Gospel
26:41

After going through Lent and experiencing the blessing of Easter for the past 8 days we now come to the end of our review of the gospel. And, thereby, we come to ponder one more question, what is the goal or purpose for all of this? The answer is simply that we be a waste for the Lord.

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Apr 29, 2019
Divine Mercy Sunday 2019
20:24

Do you have an open hand to help or a closed fist? Today with certain political issues we are asked this question in various ways. Do we act in mercy or do we hold up a barrier that prevents to mercy of God to be known through us?

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Apr 29, 2019
Do you know him?
14:35

When it comes to the basis or our Christian testimony there is only one issue that should be the bedrock on which we are believers. We should know Him. Nothing else matters but whether or not we really do know the Christ that we serve.

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Apr 27, 2019
Easter Friday 2019
18:39

In today's first reading the apostles were asked, "by whose authority do you do what you do?" This question was asked of Jesus when he went about preaching and doing good, and it is also asked of us. 

Authority is a huge issue that shows whether or not we accept or reject salvation. And, it is important that we understand whose name we do something. Is it our own or Christ's?

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Apr 26, 2019
Easter Thursday 2019
18:58

As we continue our celebration of the Resurrection with the continued remembrance of Easter, we come to a reminder of just how this event is something that the gospel is based on. We are granted the ability to be forgiven if we cooperate with grace, a grace we do not merit but must accept. This is the repentance that is preached in the name of Christ.

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Apr 25, 2019
Easter Wednesday 2019
15:32

Today's Gospel reading has a funny moment in it. A moment of two blind men seeking to teach Jesus about His death and resurrection when they walked with Him on the road to Emmaus. It is funny because they were the ones who did not know something. A something that was revealed when Jesus completed a Mass and gave Him his body and blood.

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Apr 24, 2019
Easter Tuesday 2019
14:31

Today's mass readings continue our celebration of the resurrection by pointing us to the future blessing of Pentecost. The giving of the gift of the Holy Spirit. For in the gospel we are told that Jesus must ascend to heaven, as He declared on the night he was betrayed, so that He could send another Paraclete. The result is what Peter called in Acts, the gift of the Holy Spirit.

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Apr 23, 2019
Easter Monday 2019
17:06

We are right now in the 8 days of the Easter Event. Much like the Feast of Unleavend Bread or of Tabernacles are 8 day long feasts in Judaism, Easter is something that is an 8-day long remembrance of the Resurrection and not just one Sunday of Easter baskets and candy.

We recall that Jesus is alive. This is our testimony. A testimony that is at odds with the message of the world. A message that is contrasted in the gospel reading today.

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Apr 22, 2019
Easter 2019
20:52

Happy Easter. Christ is risen. Risen indeed!

But, what does that really mean for you? Does that mean something special or is it just a historical thing that has no personal meaning to you? Does the fact that Jesus rose from the dead impact your life and mean something? Or is it just an event that happened that changes nothing in your life?

Jesus has risen from the dead. Is he meaningful in your life? Is this resurrection a reality of God with you? Among us? In your life? Or a detached thing that has no real impact on who and what you are?

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Apr 21, 2019
Easter Vigil 2019
44:06

After a period of silence that started with the end of the Good Friday service comes the Easter Vigil mass. For many, this period is silent because there is no mass said between the end of Holy Thursday and the Easter Vigil and they believe that for over 24 hours there was no "daily sacrifice." But they are wrong. All that has transpired since the Mass of the Lord's Supper until the Easter Vigil is the sacrifice of the Mass. That is why these services make up what Catholic tradition calls the Triduum. 

And, it is here in the beginning of the Easter Season with the Vigil Mass that we conclude the Mass of the Lord's Supper. We conclude it with the capstone of Christianity, the Resurrection of the Lord Jesus. We do this because this one event is part of ever mass and liturgy. We do this because it is the basis for everything we now are.

To help us see that the Church gives us an abundance of readings to point us back to the gospel and see how far the Lord has brought us. And, with that, we now reflect and ponder the gospel. We see in the death, burial, and resurrection the full gospel and our part in. And, here, today we renew ourselves to this new life of relationship with our God.

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Apr 20, 2019
Good Friday 2019
26:19

What is the point of Suffering? Why do bad things happen? The simple answer is that such things are the result of sin. But, the larger answer points to suffering not being something that wins. There is no termination of things in loss or misfortune. All things work toward a greater good when you are united with God. This is the heart and soul of the gospel message. It is the message hidden in the cross.

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Apr 19, 2019
Mass of the Lord's Supper
16:55

Lent comes to a close with the beginning of the Passion and Death of Jesus. And, this begins with the celebration of the first Mass in the Upper Room when Jesus transforms the Jewish Pesach into a remembrance of this Passion, Death, and Resurrection.

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Apr 18, 2019
Bearing the Cross
24:28

Throughout Lent, we looked at various parts of the gospel and examined just how we are to live out in a relationship with the gospel. Today we come to reflect on the meaning of the cross and how we are crcified with Christ. All of our lives are to be marked by this one thing .... that we are crucified with Christ. This is where our Lenten journey begins and ends. It begins with self-denial in giving up something, but ultimately it becomes a true expression of our lives that we live for others and not to please ourselves.

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Apr 17, 2019
Our Sin Nature and the Cross
26:30

Why was the Cross necessary for our salvation? The easiest answer to this question is to point out that it corrects what is wrong in how we became corrupted by sin. The cross is the place where we die to self and the natural weakness toward sin that is built into our nature as a result of sin.

Much like eating too many sweets can produce diabetes and smoking can cause lung cancer, sin causes our nature to be weakened ad crave a sinful thing. The cross is that surgeon scalpel to remove that from us and make our eternity a return to purity.

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Apr 16, 2019
One Body
26:37

Have you ever felt like you were meant to be part of something greater than you? Most of us feel the need to be part of a greater society or click. We like to have millions of Facebook friends and popularity is something we crave deep down inside.

All of this is something that God stirs in us so that we can see how we fit in His plan for our lives as members of the one body of Christ.

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Apr 15, 2019
Palm Sunday 2019
22:56

Today begins Holy Week. In 1 week it will be Easter Sunday. What is it that we see, but our Savoir riding in triumphantly into Jerusalem and later in the readings we are reminded that this triumph was bought with death. Death on a cross.

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Apr 14, 2019
Walking After the Spirit
26:56

When we know that we have died and been raised to a newness of life in Baptism, we learn the lesson of the Early Church Fathers who taught a gospel message based on a Divine Exchange. We are crucified with Christ (Gal 2:2o) and as a result, we now taste divine things (Hebrews 6:4; 2 Peter 1:3). Learning to cooperate with grace is the key to our being branches on the divine vine of Christ. It is how we live saintly, holy lives. It is the key to everything that we are called to be as born again new creatures in Christ.

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Apr 13, 2019
The Body of this Death
24:00

Death is the way of freedom from both sin and our sin nature (concupiscence). In both, we need to see the answer on a cross. For freedom from sin, or forgiveness, we find the blood of Christ testifying to His death for our pardon and purchase of freedom. In freedom from our sin nature, the cross is still the cross of Christ, but one in which we are crucified on as well. For we must die to sin in order to be freed from it.

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Apr 12, 2019
Holy Spirit your Gift
21:41

When we think about our salvation experience, many of us forget the greatest blessing. The Person of God in the Holy Spirit. God wants a relationship. He gives us Himself. We can be united with Him and be a dwelling, a Temple of the Holy Spirit.

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Apr 11, 2019
Eternal Purpose
22:34

The basis for the gospel is rooted in the eternal purpose of God in our creation. God wants a people to be in His image and likeness (Gen 1:27). This is the reason why God created us and redeemed us.

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Apr 10, 2019
Presenting as Sanctification
22:27

Why present yourself to God? Why make sure that who you are and what you can do gets used as an instrument of righteousness?

It is because you are alive with new life by grace. Because you are purchased with the blood of Christ and belong to God. Because you are not your own anymore.

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Apr 09, 2019
Baptism and the Cross
25:47

How do we experience salvation? By baptism. It is the way that scripturally saves us. Look at Mark 16:16, Act 2:38, or even, 1 Peter 3:21. Does it not show you the way of salvation is not a sinners prayer but baptism? 

The Philippian jailer in Acts 16 was baptized by Paul who declared that baptism was the way to the newness of life in Christ (Romans 6:1-11). Why follow a tradition of man and say a mere sinner's prayer instead of receiving the full gospel that Christ commanded in the great commission of Matthew 28:18-20?

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Apr 08, 2019
Knowing the New Thing
16:54

Do you know that your salvation is the New thing that God is doing? Do you want to experience it?

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Apr 07, 2019
Reckoning Faith
27:36

In order to really believe in something, you must know that it is true. This is a principle in life and also in religion. There is no real faith that exists in something we do not believe in as a reality.

Faith in God is something that is based on knowing the facts of God's existence. And, faith in salvation is based on the facts we know about Christ and his redemption by the Cross and resurrection.

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Apr 06, 2019
Knowing Our Place in His Death
24:08

When it comes to the Catholic understanding of salvation, the first step is a realization of grace. God has to have done something for salvation to be possible. As a result, our first response to God is acknowledging just what that something is. This "knowing" is our first act of cooperation with grace by which we receive the blessing of God by faith.

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Apr 05, 2019
The Cross of Our Nature
25:34

As we investigate what Romans has to tell us about our own nature we find in chapters 5 through 8 that in Christ Jesus we have the ability to live holy and righteous because of Christ. This newness of life comes to us as a result of our being baptized. This is the clear message of we really understand it of Romans chapter 6. Our old nature, which is a nature inclined to sin which the church calls concupiscence, is overcome by the new nature that is provided to us in Christ Jesus if we only understood how his baptism brings us into this newness of life.

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Apr 04, 2019
The Blood of our Redemption
26:00

When we are saved the basis for that redemptive act is based in our relationship to God by the atoning work of Christ's passion, death, and resurrection. This is because what Jesus did had an effect on God, others, and Satan.

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Apr 03, 2019
Choose Whom You Will Serve
23:10

We all stand before God and must give an account of how we have lived. We can choose to live for Him or we can choose to live for ourselves and lose our very souls.

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Apr 02, 2019
Free to Choose
24:33

God created you with the ability to make a choice. This ability to choose is what makes all of your moral actions something that you can be blamed for or praise for. As a result, the gospel attempts to motivate you to make a praiseworthy moral choice. Unfortunately, many who preach the gospel fail to understand exactly how the mind works in order to make that choice. And it is for this reason that many believe that salvation is a mysterious happening that can only come about from an act of God rather than by the sinner making a simple choice.

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Apr 01, 2019
Father of Two
23:48

Today's reading contains one of the most famous parables in the entire Bible. The story of the Prodigal Son. But, this story is not about the one son, it is about the Father, it is about both sons, it is about us.

If we really understand the feasting that we are called to with every Mass, we would see that Christ our Passover is that provision of a fatted calf that we receive as children of a loving Heavenly Father.

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Mar 31, 2019
Decide to Change
28:37

When it comes to the gospel, the one fact that remains is that you must cooperate with the grace of God to be saved. This is because God wants a relationship with you. A loving relationship. He does not want you to be a puppet. He wants you to choose to love Him, not be forced to.

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Mar 30, 2019
Set Free By Truth
23:55

Many will tell you that if the truth will set you free, but few can tell you from what. When Jesus spoke to the Jews in John 8 He made it clear that the freedom He referred to was a freedom from sin. Truth is what converts the sinner and makes them fit for heaven. If you want to overcome your sinful nature you must hear the gospel so that faith can come. But, you also need to do, act on what you hear. For it is not enough to be a hearer only, you must be a doer of the word of truth that you hear (James 1:22).

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Mar 29, 2019
Overcoming Sin with Truth
26:24

When we look at the book of Judges, we see a simple message about the sin nature that remains in us even after were are born again. A message that this nature remains to test us. To prove whether or not we want a relationship with God or just things.

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Mar 28, 2019
Jesus the Source of Repentance
23:37

When it comes to being penitent all we have to do is look unto Jesus, the Author and Finisher of our faith. To have a new heart or soul, to repent and cast away sin at all is only possible when we see Him who was crucified and realize that we can reckon our selves dead to sin because of Him.

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Mar 27, 2019
Forgiven Because We Repent
25:23

Can we remain sinful and receive the pardon of God? This is an issue that Paul inquired about in Romans 6:1. And, if we think logically, the answer is simple, no we cannot. Repentance must be part of the faith we have in God. If we continue to sin, our lives make a mockery of grace and reveal that we do not consider our way of living in sin to be something with eternal consequences.

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Mar 26, 2019
Annunciation and Our Will
18:52

Today is the Solemnity of the Annunciation. The day in which the Church recalls the Incarnation when the Word became flesh and dwelt among us as a fetus in the womb of Mary. As a result, we see how the Advent/Christmas time points us toward the cross and resurrection because God became a human person and lived among us.

In this dwelling among us, we see that it is obedience that is the true key to everything that Lent and the gospel are all about. Whose will? Is it your will or the will of God that you want to be done on earth as it is in heaven? Is your heaven what you desire or what God desires? 

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Mar 25, 2019
Examining To Find God
24:35

With today's reading, we get told the reason why we have this Lenten season. It is so that we can scrutinize our lives and determine if we truly have found God in the burning bushes of our lives, or if we practice and empty religion that leaves us empty and unchanged.

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Mar 24, 2019
Seeing our Redeemer
23:39

Our eternal hope is based on the future resurrection that we will experience because of our faith in Christ. But this belief is also the basis for our response to the Gospel. We can believe that we can be saints, live holy and resist being sinful because resurrection power sanctifies us and enables us to cooperate with God's grace.

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Mar 23, 2019
New Birth and Baptism
28:02

Have you ever considered how Baptism acts as the means of grace and is not a work that "earns" salvation? Most do not understand this fact because they do not see how a "sinner's prayer" like Baptism does not "earn" salvation but is the means of cooperating with God's grace to affect the outcome of grace in our souls.

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Mar 22, 2019
How to Believe
28:17

When it comes to believing the truths of the gospel many people seem to think it takes a lot of faith to really believe in the gospel. But, the reality is we can believe and grow in that faith if we only act in a way that cooperates with the grace of God.

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Mar 21, 2019
Inability and the Gospel
27:17

of the many things we hear about when it comes to the gospel is our inability. For many the inability that we have is seen as a natural inability, a born this way philosophy, that ends up excusing sinfulness and makes gospel repentance and living a Christian lifestyle impossible. But, the reality is, that is not what our true fallen state is. For we can when we understand how to respond to grace, cooperate with the Holy Spirit, repent and reform our lives and be branches on a vine.

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Mar 20, 2019
St Joseph and the Incarnation
25:23

Today is the Solemnity of St. Joseph. On this day we take a slight pause in our Lenten reflections and consider the relationship of St. Joseph with Jesus and come to an understanding of our place in the family of God by virtue of the Word becoming human. The dual nature of Christ comes into full view through how St. Joseph is seen as an example for us today and also how faith receives and cooperates with God's gracious gift of salvation that is revealed in the Incarnate Second Person of the Godhead who is a son to St. Joseph.

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Mar 19, 2019
Faith as the Means
25:46

Why are we saved by faith instead of by works? It is because faith is the proper way to receive a free gift.

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Mar 18, 2019
Transfigured Into a Living Body
25:45

On this Sunday in Lent we see Abram being declared righteous and entering into a covenant with God. At the same time, we see Jesus transfigured with Moses and Elijah. The Abrahamic Covenant belongs to us by faith and it is one we have with others as part of the Communion of Saints.

Are you one with all who are part of this Body of Christ? Does your Lenten reflection allow you to imitate others, even Christ, in being part of this greater community of believers that is the one body of Christ, the Church?

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Mar 17, 2019
Faith as Repentance
31:29

How do we as Catholics understand salvation? If one really understands the gospel message that we who are Catholic understand, that person would know that salvations beings with an act of God's grace that is unmerited. We do not have a works gospel as is so often reported by many who denigrate the true Catholic faith. In fact, faith is the basis for our acts of penance and how we utilize the sacraments, much like a Protestant utilizes a sinner's prayer and reads their bible daily and lives a committed Christian lifestyle.

In how we as Catholics understand faith, it is the means by which we repent as Jesus commanded in Mark 1:9 and Peter commanded in Acts 2:37. For faith is the way in which we relate to Jesus and live as light in the world (Matthew 5:16).

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Mar 16, 2019
Grace Through Faith
26:17

Ephesians 2:8 tells us that we are saved by grace through faith. This reveals the two parts of salvation that each one of us needs to realize and see working in our lives for salvation to be a reality in the gospel sense.

First God must be gracious and provide for us a means of being pardoned without us deserving it, and this is done by the cross of Christ and is offered to us.

Second, we must have faith, cooperate with grace in order to have it operate in our lives. Faith is not a one-time thing but the way we persevere and live a penitent life.

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Mar 15, 2019
Deliverance From Sin
23:20

The Gospel is not merely a presentation of pardon, but it really is a means of being set free from sin. No story of salvation is complete if the danger never gets removed. If you remain in danger of death, not cured of an illness, can true healing be declared?

Jesus came to save us from our sins. We do not continue to love doing them. Repentance is a natural benefit of the gospel.

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Mar 14, 2019
Just, And Justifier
23:41

In the gospel, God is not only seen as a Just God. He is also the one who Justifies us. It is a thing that He does legally. Have you ever considered just how God could justify someone? It has to do with the cross of Christ and how He sanctifies us through our cooperation with His grace known as repentance.

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Mar 13, 2019
God Justifies
22:10

When we look at the core belief that stands in the very heart of the gospel, it is simply this, It is God who justifies.

It is the refrain of the Pharisees when they mock Jesus for proclaiming the paralytic forgiven. "Only God can forgive sins!" But, God does forgive and it is He who justifies.

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Mar 12, 2019
Justifier of the Ungodly
23:31

Why are there so many hypocrites in the Church?

This was a question that was once posed to me and one that makes me marvel at God's grace every time I think about it. For God did not come to save those who cleaned up their lives and live Christianity perfectly. He came to make sinners saints.

It is not a bad thing to realize that there are many sinners in the churches around the world. It is actually the way God makes each one a saint.

Do you mock at Christians who are not yet holy like you are without sin? Maybe you too need a God who will make you a saint instead of an obstinate sinner.

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Mar 11, 2019
Confessing Our Faith
21:33

At the beginning of Lent, we recall why we are in this faith relationship and make a firm purpose to grow in grace. This is the message we find in the readings and in our own personal search for God in this blessed season of penance.

God calls us to be His own. And in the readings this Sunday we remind ourselves why we are Christians.

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Mar 10, 2019
How to Cooperate with Grace
25:08

When we repent we are cooperating with grace. In doing this we act in a specific manner that is not against our voluntary desires. If we understood this, we would see how we are to blame for sin and not victims of a fallen nature.

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Mar 09, 2019
You Can Do It
28:39

Is salvation something impossible? Nope. God never commands us to do something unreasonable. Salvation is near to each of us as Romans 10:8 informs us. We can repent because God by grace enables that to be possible. We just have to act in cooperation with His grace and do what is right and just.

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Mar 08, 2019
Nature of Holiness
27:14

What is the true nature of holiness? Is it the result of our being born anew or is it more of how we cooperate with God's grace and live as saints. Here I attempt to give a reasoned explanation.

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Mar 07, 2019
Changing Your Heart
25:47

As we begin Lent, we need to look at how we are to be converted. For many the idea of us repenting and trying to live better more spiritual and holy lives is something that is looked down on. But, in reality, without us changing our character we miss how we enter into a relationship with God and are not His puppets.

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Mar 06, 2019
The One Condition
22:29

What is the one condition upon which all prayer hinges on? That one thing is the glory of God. If your prayer is done with one motive, to glorify God with the answer, your prayers will prevail.

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Mar 05, 2019
Praying in the Name of Jesus
19:27

What does it mean to truly pray in the name of Jesus? Does it mean that we pray in a way that all of our prayers and with the statement "in the name of Jesus?" Or is that phrase simply a designation of us having a power of attorney privilege by which we need to represent Christ and what we pray for?

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Mar 04, 2019
To not be blind
17:05

In this Sunday's readings, we have a very simple message: that we should be careful not to judge what we have no way of perceiving until something happens. In our own lives and in the lives of others it's only by our actions that we truly know the nature of the other person and ourselves. It is not until the mouth speaks that we can truly judge the intelligence of the individual. It is not until the person is asked to love that we can truly know that they are a loving person. It is for this reason that we cannot be blind leaders of the blind and not first look at whether or not we ourselves have a hindrance that prevents us from being effective for God.

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Mar 03, 2019
Being God's Image
24:52

Prayer is the one way in which we experience the full reality of how we are created to be the image and likeness of God (Genesis 1:27). There are no other ways in which we truly rule and reign in this life and show the fullness of God's glory then and how we pray down the blessings of God on those whom we live among.

For many the prayer promises that we find, such as the "ask and you shall receive" and the "believe that you have received, and you shall have" seemed too high of a bar to truly believe without qualification. But the reality is that it is through prayer we truly unite with God and represent him to others.

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Mar 02, 2019
One with God
23:53

What is the true secret to effective praying? It is simply to realize how prayer is the result of your relationship to God. As a branch on the vine of Christ, your prayer can be heard and will be answered. in the love that God has with Christ, that you are adopted into. your prayers are effective.

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Mar 01, 2019
Preserving Prayer
29:37

Is waiting for the answer to prayer proof that we cannot rest on a specific answer to prayer? Most would have you think that. Many tell you that when you pray and do not receive an immediate answer to prayer that God said no, maybe or here is something else. But, the reality is, God is waiting. Waiting for us to wrestle the answer of our prayers through. Because it is only with perserving prayer that we can understand if what we are asking for are in the right way, and not amiss (James 4:4).

St Monica waited many years for the conversion of her son St Augustine. Sometimes we need to wait a long time as well.

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Feb 28, 2019
United Prayer
23:42

Have you ever thought about how important Sunday Mass is? Do you realize that as a result of being part of that service we are able to receive the blessing of answered prayer?

Too often people come to a service thinking only about being personally blessed, but rarely about being part of a greater community of believers and receiving answers to prayers as a faith community.

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Feb 27, 2019
Prayer and Love
24:31

Is your prayer life ineffective because you do not forgive and live in the experience of the love of God's forgiveness? One of the main hindrances to obtaining answers to prayer is a lack of love, forgiving love. We cannot pray effectively if our prayers are not filled with the love we live every day.

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Feb 26, 2019
Cure For Unbelief
25:01

As we near Lent we find the Lord showing us why we ought to fast. The reason: so that we can be people of faith. One cannot attain the deeper relationship with God when there are idols that hold us, that we will not let go. As we approach Lent let us think about those things we need to fast from, give up and walk away from in order to have the relationship with God that is a true religion and not a legalistic bondage that we are stuck in.

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Feb 25, 2019
Unrequited love
25:49

Why turn the other cheek? Why give and not expect any repayment? Why forgive and forget?

We do these things because God so loved us that He did all these things to us while we were yet sinners. We do these things because we are now His children and it is only proper to live like Him.

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Feb 24, 2019
Secret to Faith
29:49

Is there some secret that makes faith possible? Many people seem to think there is something missing that makes faith a thing we can use. And, in a sense they are correct. They get on the right road when they understand that faith comes from hearing the word of God (Romans 10:17), but they do not understand why such a listening heart brings faith.

The key to faith is a relationship. A relationship with the God that reveals Himself to us when we pray. If we do not listen and get to know Him it will be impossible for us to believe in Him and receive answers to our prayers or even know what we can ask for in prayer.

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Feb 23, 2019
Chair of St. Peter
30:10

Today the Church gives us a chance to consider the meaning of Peter being granted the Keys to the Kingdom. Is this something that granted authority to the bishops and in particular Peter? For those of us who are Catholic the answer is a resounding yes. But is that the full story? As we examine this we will find it is not. There are a lot more to this than we can skim off the surface.

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Feb 22, 2019
Faith to Recieve
19:30

Do you expect to receive the thing you pray for? If you do not, why is it that you doubt? 

God loves you and wants you to know by your fellowship with Him what he will give you as a result of praying. He wants you to believe and trust in Him for definite things and see His love in the answer to your prayers.

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Feb 21, 2019
Being Specfic
31:15

Are your prayers specific enough that you know what it is that you want God to do for you? Or do you just say prayers with no real expectation that anything definite will result from your prayers because you believe God will just do the right thing?

Our prayers o be effective must be definite. We need to know what it is we are wanting God to do in order to really know what to pray for or when it is done in answer to prayer.

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Feb 20, 2019
Laborers for the Harvest
24:26

Have you ever realized that the lack of religious vocations and lay vocations in the Church are due to your lack of prayer? Jesus told us we ought to pray for laborers for the harvest, but how many of us actually do pray for priests, deacons, nuns, sisters, lay men and women for the various groups like the Knights of Columbus, Daughters of Isabela, St Vincent de Paul Society, and many others? God waits for us to pray to build up His Church. Do you do your part or fail to see how really necessary prayer is?

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Feb 19, 2019
Boldness in prayer
23:36

When we hear some talk about prayer, we hear that some prayers are answered with a no. But, in Luke 11, we find a friend being told no before being given the answer to their petition. This shows that God sometimes delays an answer in order to have us grow in faith and not give up until we obtain the thing we request.

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Feb 18, 2019
Blessed in the Lord
13:41

What is the source of your happiness? Is it God? Too often we look to be blessed and forget the source of our blessing. This is something that we are called to reflect on today and realize if we truly love God or just seek results.

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Feb 17, 2019
True Faith Trusts
22:35

Faith is about trust. You can trust God or you can trust in magical formulas or you can trust in a false gospel. When we consider what it means to move mountains, we must begin with the declaration of Jesus found in Mark 11:22 to: "have faith in God."

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Feb 16, 2019
Doubt, the Theif
15:57

Doubt robs us of all God has planned for us.

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Feb 15, 2019
Experiencing Faith
25:36

Would you like to experience faith in a way that is undeniable? Many of us wish we could do great things but fail to know how to make such a reality in our lives. All it takes though is following through on 4 simple principles.

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Feb 14, 2019
Doing the Faith
24:49

How often do you hear about Christians being hypocrites? Probably a lot. This is due to the fact that many do not live out their faith. It is only a Sunday thing, not a lifestyle. But, this is not how we are to live. We are supposed to live out our faith and not just listen to it (James 2:14).

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Feb 13, 2019
Faith in God
28:05

Our faith must be placed in God and not in anything else. How do we do that? By simply realizing that it is God who creates out of nothing and not some "law of faith!"

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Feb 12, 2019