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The Intimate Shepherd

The other day I was talking to some of my closest, longest friends. As we were talking we were thinking about how we all met each other and who introduced who to each other, and we began to share what we all first thought of each other when we first met them. This not only made me thankful for these amazing people, but also the different meaningful relationships that we can develop throughout our lives, even in a mere number of years. It also made me realize the miracle that is our friendship and the journey that we have all been on and how no matter what has happened to us, we all have remained friends. A miracle, indeed!

      Each and every one of our lives is filled with many different interactions with friends, family and strangers. Each of these relationships in some shape or form has helped each of grow and become who we are today. Depending on how important each of these relationships is to us, depends on the strength of our commitment and effort that we put into them. …
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A Repeated Prayer

Below are some biblical and non-biblical prayers that can be repeated multiple times, and repeated throughout the day. They are to help us to recenter ourselves on God and his beauty and greatness. Let us contemplate on these invocations and remember them in our heart of hearts. 

"My Lord and My God"  John 20:28 
"You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God"  Matthew 16:16
"Yes, Lord; You know that I love you"  John 21:15
"It is the Lord"  John 21: 7
"For you are my God" Psalm 143:10
"O God, have mercy on me a sinner"  Luke 18:13
"Stay with us, Lord"  Luke 24: 29
" Increase our faith" Luke 17:5
"For nothing is impossible with God"  Luke 1:37
"Truly this Man was the Son of God"  Matthew 27:54
"Lord, I love you" 
"Jesus, I believe in you" 
"Thanks be to you, God" 
"Your will be done" 
"Oh God, Help me" 
"Do not abandon me" 
"Heart of Jes…

The Easter Transformation

As a catechism teacher every Sunday for younger grades I get to amaze them with some of the basic things of our faith. For example they are always amazed and excited to know that Easter is not just a one day celebration but is actually 50 days. Normally they are excited when they hear that and ask why they do not get chocolate every single day for those fifty days. So this becomes a great moment to teach them that however unfortunate it is we do not get chocolate for fifty days in a row, (although I for one strongly believe we should make this a practice :) ) we have something much greater to be happy about-that Jesus is truly risen! That Easter is much more than the mere chocolate we eat, and that it is a joyful time because of the many transformations that take place in these times.

     Todays Gospel from Luke immediately follows the well known passage of the road to Emmaus. In fact, the disciples are just arriving back to Jerusalem to tell the eleven about the amazing things…

The Easter News

More and more frequently we hear the phrase "fake news" being tossed around about things
happening all around the world. Surely it is becoming more and more difficult to know the entire truth of an event or alleged situation with the variety of opinions, biases and interpretations that people, stations and reporters will put onto a story. With the advent of new medias and communications, it has become nearly impossible to understand where the truth is, and it often requires us to search and read multiple accounts before finding the truth of the reported story. Yet so often, we believe one story, one account, that we begin to get shaped into it, and demand solid evidence to be convinced otherwise.

     As Catholics however, we have the good news- the great news that saves the world! We have the good news of that the tomb is empty, that Jesus has risen from the dead. This is the news that reminds us of the infinite God, who is not defeated by death! We have the great ne…

A Contradictory Life

It goes without saying that Jesus has been a figure of much discussion and dispute throughout the ages. One of the main reasons why is because Jesus was and is a person of contradictions. Not saying that he himself was contradictory, but that his style, message and livelihood was contradictory to his society and still to ours. His very coming into the world was contradictory to the idea that people held towards how the messiah should come into the world. His teachings were and are contradictory to the rules and way of society. He himself rid of the retribution mentality so alive during that time and instead preached about loving your enemy and turning your cheek to them.

    Today is another example of the contradictions of his message. For the past couple of weeks the pharisees have been trying to trap Jesus and catch him in saying something wrong so has to be able to kill him. However, Jesus has always cleverly seen their evil intent and answered in ways even challenged the ph…