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Sunday, June 16, 2019



What A Life

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  • Jesus’ asked us to continue his work of healing, loving and proclaiming

    Jesus’ Ascension into heaven is part of our Profession of Faith. Some people have problems believing in Jesus’ Ascension, because the narrative assumes a three-storied universe: 1) A solid dome of heaven above the earth; 2) The flat earth; 3) The underworld often called Hades or Hell.The Biblical authors could only describe reality as they understood the composition of their world. Before Galileo’s observations of the universe (he died in 1642), most educated people believed th...

  • Love always demands the best from us, and brings out the best in us

    In 2010 some newspapers ran a story about “Curly” Veith, a rich man and a Christian, who died at aged 95. When his business was flourishing, Curly said, “I used to lie awake at night thinking of the hungry and homeless children all over the world. So I decided to give all my money away to help them!”He has given away more than $23 million!He has set up Mission Enterprise Limited to channel funds to worthy causes everywhere – American Indians in Colorado, street kids...

  • What is the Christian response to the growing number of suicides?

    When I preparing a homily last week I came across some statistics that astounded me. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention the suicides in 2016 nationwide more than doubled the number of homicides, 44,965 compared with 19,362. That’s alarming!Suicide rates have increased in nearly every state since the turn of the century, and half the states have seen suicide rates go up more than 30 percent.Guns were the most common method used for suicides especially by men.

  • When we painfully recognize and name our scars, we receive the new life

    I am sure everyone is familiar with sign language. In times of emergencies we see some government worker using sign language for the hearing impaired. Did you know what is the sign that signifies “Jesus?” You point the third finger of one hand to the palm of the other hand.

  • To achieve peace and happiness one must conquer self and learn to forgive

    Coach Dale Brown continues from last week to share his experiences, thoughts and stories in a speech he gave on The Importance of Spiritual Formation in Families.“As with any journey, sometimes the sheer magnitude of the trip will overwhelm us as parents. Remember that a journey contains many small steps filled with many bumps in the road along the way. However, if we keep our feet planted in common sense and surrender ourselves to faith and love, then we can find true success and lasting ...

  • What has made this nation great is not its heroes, but its households

    The following are highlights from Coach Dale Brown’s speech on The Importance of Spiritual Formation in Families.I don’t profess to be an expert, but as a coach and teacher for 44 years and as a parent and grandparent, I asked myself what values or virtues were the most important to me in guiding young people. I came up with the following.The two that stand out for me as the foundation of a truly Spiritual Life are Love and Faith. Without Love there can be no compassion, patience, ge...

  • Happiness begins where selfishness ends and one engages in loving acts

    True spirituality encourages us to let go and let God. Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection show us how to win by losing. In the letter to the Philippines Paul says, Jesus “emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, being born in human likeness.

  • When we pray, we talk to God; When we read the Bible, God talks to us.

    St. Isidore (c. 560-636), the Archbishop of Seville in Spain, once said, “Prayer purifies us, reading instructs us.

  • King/Queen babies need to take full responsibility for their own lives

    Dr. Sigmund Freud used the term “His Majesty, the Baby” to describe the infantile behavior of some adults. Freud died in 1939 so this is not some new behavior.Those who work with chemically dependent people often talk about “King Baby” or “Queen Baby” when describing this type of behavior.

  • Why do bad and tragic things happen to good and innocent people?

    Why do bad things happen to good people? Why do good people have to suffer?The people in Jesus’ day wanted to know the answer to these questions, and so do we.People asked Jesus about two separate tragedies that happened to innocent people. The first was the murder of some Galilean Jews by Pilate.

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