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Eat What Is Before You

19 hours 17 min ago
Feeding children what is good for them is sometimes difficult. The healthy foods that will nourish them and support their growth often seem unattractive or foreign. It may take some time for the kids to learn to enjoy true nourishment. So, parents sometimes need to ask children to trust, obey, and eat what they are [...]
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The Untamed Lion

08/13/2018 - 2:00am
"Course he isn’t safe. But he’s good. He’s the King, I tell you" (Mr. Beaver, The Lion Witch and the Wardrobe). A personal relationship with Jesus Christ is not a hunky-dory friendship with a buddy. Jesus is the God-man, and as such He possesses power and governance over our lives in a way a mere [...]
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The Treasure of the Church

08/10/2018 - 2:00am
Where are the treasures of the Church? Perhaps you have seen some in art museums. There are stunning reliquaries, beautiful chalices, and intricately decorated liturgical books. And yet behind glass these treasures appear dead. They sit sadly empty, no longer serving their purpose. Exhibits tend to highlight the illuminations of manuscripts, not the texts monks [...]
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The Limits of Flesh and Blood

08/09/2018 - 2:00am
Have you ever been told of someone who had a purely intellectual conversion? The stories I have heard go something like this. So-and-so reads up on some philosophy, debates some atheists, conducts some historical research, then concludes for himself, “Yeah, Jesus is God. I guess I’ll be a Christian now.” These accomplishments are indeed impressive, [...]
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The Preacher of the Incarnation

08/08/2018 - 2:00am
Christianity is no mere ideology, a set of human goals with no power to save. Nor is it a natural religion, the aggregate wisdom of the sages who through long experience learned to get along in the world. It is instead a revealed religion, in which God has deigned to take the initiative and make [...]
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A Terrible Time

08/07/2018 - 6:00am
The third century AD was a terrible time. Like, really terrible. The prosperity and relative peace of the second century went down in flames. Well, flames, assassinations, civil war, revolts, famine, plague, and invasions, to be more precise. From the staggeringly long list of short-lived emperors during the third century (twenty-six different emperors would reign [...]
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Rise, and Have No Fear

08/06/2018 - 2:00am
Peter, James, and John were terrified at the Transfiguration, and rightly so. After all, according to the Gospels, it was a pretty scary scene. Their friend, Jesus, was transformed before their eyes, his face shone like the sun and his clothing became dazzlingly white. Two men, Moses and Elijah, both long dead, appeared to them. [...]
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Many Hearts, One Love

08/03/2018 - 9:22am
To gaze on Mary with Mother Teresa and her sisters is to look into Mary’s Immaculate Heart. “I put all my trust in her heart,” Mother Teresa confided (Come Be My Light, 135). Writing to a spiritual director, she pleaded, “Please ask Our Lady to give me her heart—so that I may with greater ease [...]
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Many Hearts, One Love

08/03/2018 - 2:00am
To gaze on Mary with Mother Teresa and her sisters is to look into Mary’s Immaculate Heart. “I put all my trust in her heart,” Mother Teresa confided (Come Be My Light, 135). Writing to a spiritual director, she pleaded, “Please ask Our Lady to give me her heart—so that I may with greater ease [...]
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The Faculty of Wonder

08/02/2018 - 6:15am
The mother of Holy Father Dominic allegedly discerned an “odor of holiness which always clung to” the preacher of grace. Bl. Jane of Aza must have reared her son with wonder and admiration, rejoicing at the mysterious designs of divine providence, praising God who had entrusted this light of the Church to her. Not unlike [...]
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Watching the Corn Grow

08/01/2018 - 2:00am
For rural communities, keeping tabs on the corn crop is simply part of life. This makes a good deal of sense: the success or failure of the crop hugely impacts the economic well-being of the community, so it is quite reasonable to be concerned with how the crop is doing. This said, no one simply [...]
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Building Shields

07/31/2018 - 2:00am
In all circumstances, hold faith as a shield, to quench all the flaming arrows of the evil one. –Eph. 6:16 Faith, like a strong shield, is our protection for spiritual combat. Shields are needed in the heat of battle, and we need this shield most of all in the tough moments of life, in times [...]
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Christian Kindness

07/30/2018 - 2:00am
What makes Christian kindness Christian? The substance of Christian kindness doesn’t seem different from any other kindness. The corporal works of mercy, for example, are things that most people who aren’t Christians would still consider to be kindnesses. Rather, kindness is Christian because of the one to whom kindness is shown. If it is Christian [...]
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Cultivating and Tilling the Heart

07/27/2018 - 2:00am
In gardening, one speaks of both cultivating and tilling. The two activities are similar, but there are some differences. Cultivating is the process of breaking up and loosening the soil in a garden. The purpose is twofold. First, this process helps eliminate weeds by exposing young weed sprouts to the soil surface and by interrupting [...]
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Unrelenting Contrition

07/26/2018 - 11:00am
Saint Teresa of Calcutta famously said to her Missionaries of Charity, “God does not call us to be successful but to be faithful.” Really, these words provide a panacea for anyone tempted toward perfectionism as well as a stimulus for those who habitually throw up their arms in defeat. Following Jesus and answering the call [...]
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You Don’t Know What You’re Asking

07/25/2018 - 10:11am
Swish! Swish! Swish! lap the waves. 12:15 AM reads the my watch beneath the silver star light. What am I looking for? What do I want? I think to myself as I knead the sand with my toes.   Beep! Beep! Beep! blares the alarm. 2:30 AM the infernal red light reads as I whack [...]
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Indeed You Love Truth in the Heart

07/24/2018 - 2:00am
The Acts of the Apostles recounts a startling run-in between the apostles and Ananias and Sapphira. Having sold property and presented the proceeds to the early Church community, the couple then failed to present all the proceeds and then lied about how much they received from the sale. Upon lying to Peter, Ananias suddenly falls [...]
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What I Did for Love

07/23/2018 - 2:00am
The sufferings of this present time are as nothing compared with the glory to be revealed for us (Rm 8:18). Why would someone give up something that they love? Giving up something you are addicted to makes sense. Giving up something harmful to you makes sense, too. Even giving up genuine goods for a time for [...]
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1.2 Billion

07/20/2018 - 2:00am
In the Midwest, July is the official month for fireworks. The moment venders begin selling fireworks directly into the hands of patrons, quiet evenings spent outside in the balmy summer heat are a thing of the past. The sounds of extended sequences of bottle rockets and firecrackers can be so jolting and the visuals so [...]
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The Adventure of Obedience

07/19/2018 - 2:00am
God writes the best adventures. From Abraham to the Apostles, God draws unsuspecting men out of their routines and sets them on unexpected journeys. Moses was tending his father-in-law’s flock, but after meeting a burning bush, he eventually found himself leading a whole nation out of slavery. Peter was fishing in a remote corner of [...]
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