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Sunday, April 22, 2018

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What A Life

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  • Jesus’ Resurrection has given our bodies a new dignity and importance

    On Easter Sunday, I heard someone wishing another person a “Happy Resurrection” instead of “Happy Easter.” That might be more “spiritually correct.” However, scholars are not exactly sure of the origin of the word “Easter.”One theory is that the mythical figure Eostre was the Anglo-Saxon goddess of the sunrise and the spring. They named the direction of the sunrise, East, for her. The sunrise became a symbol of the Resurrection.

  • Testimonies of 10 people who put their faith into action

    St. James, in his letter says, “What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if you say you have faith but do not have works? Can faith save you?

  • What do it really mean to be a true member of Christ’s Church?

    Sometimes we have to reexamine some of our basic notions about our spiritual life so we can be sure we are “on the right page.” In today’s column, I want to explore the role of the Church.Author and pastor, Dr. Paul David Tripp says, “The church is not a theological classroom. It is a conversion, confession, repentance, reconciliation, forgiveness and sanctification center, where flawed people place their faith in Christ, gather to know and love him better, and learn to l...

  • Jesus’ Resurrection gives us hope of a better life now and forever

    Easter is the greatest feast of hope that we could ever celebrate. We humans are always in need of hope. The hope that we have through the resurrection of Christ is a hope that touches every part of our lives here on earth and reaches beyond this life to the next.When Jesus rose from the dead, almost 2,000 years ago, God released a power into the world that no one could stop.

  • Americans have to know how to deal with an increasing older population

    America’s population is aging. The number of Americans ages 65-and-older will more than double from 46 million today to more than 98 million by 2060. By then, one in every four Americans will be in the 65-and-older age group.

  • Modern technology can be used by the average person for both good and evil

    In the early 60's, my Dad met a stranger who was new to our small town. From the beginning, this enchanting newcomer fascinated my Dad and we invited him to live with our family. We quickly accepted the stranger and he became part of our family.

  • God does not want us to spend our lives worrying about things

    In St. Paul’s letter to the Corinthians, he says, “I want you to be free from anxieties” (I Cor. 7:32).Constant anxious concerns are characteristic of unredeemed existence.

  • The killing of innocent school children is an evil worse than abortion

    A cartoon in the newspaper has an elderly gentleman speaking to a young student. He looks down on him and says, “When I was your age, I had to walk two miles uphill to school in the snow while holding a hot potato.”The kid interrupts and says, “I had to hide in a closet while a mass shooter killed my teacher and friends.”The gentleman says apologetically, “You have my thought and prayers.”Turning away the student says, “Don’t bother.”The Vale...

  • Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called Children of God.

    It was interesting that the same week that the Trump Administration was pushing for a military parade for our country, Fr. Richard Rohr was giving his daily reflections on Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount where Jesus says, “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called Children of God.” (Matt. 5:9)What a contrast!

  • Lent is a time to change and become more Christlike

    Now that Lent is here, many people are deciding what to do during this Holy Season. Some people automatically say, “It’s time to give up candy, alcohol or smoking.” That’s not the true spirit of Lent.Lent is a time for change and conversion. It’s a time to move our center of gravity from selfishness to others, from self-love to love of our neighbor, from lust to love.One of the biggest problems for any religion is routine.

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