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A Guiding Star for Life Well Spent

by Tande

Anyone outside of an American military family can’t begin to know what it’s like to earn the Gold Star designation. That’s the honor given to a family who loses a loved one in the service of protecting their country. To any parent, burying a child is among life’s hardest duties, but for Gold Star parents, […]

Hearts are the Ark of the New Covenant

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Whether or not you consider Noah’s Ark a fairy tale, it accomplishes what all great fairy tales do: it tells the truth. This is a simple story of salvation from God, but the survival of those eight people on the ark wasn’t possible without considerable effort on their part. First they had to build that […]

The Cure that Caused a Contagion

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Many Christians can relate to the lepers in this Sunday’s mass readings. To be a leper in biblical contexts was akin to being an outcast, body and soul. After Christianity splintered into a wide variety of beliefs, certain elements of faith made some believers unpopular among their brethren—to the point of ineligibility for public office […]

The Fate of a Full-Time Job

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We mortals face a moment of truth when it comes to professing belief in an immortal being: “If He exists, why does God let bad things happen to good people?” It’s a question even evangelicals struggle to answer when challenged about their faith. Some get out their Bible and open it to the ancient Book […]

Make demons fear YOU

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Imagine a demon having more faith than a God-believer. We believers tend to let the cares of this world distract us from our core beliefs. That justifies the faith the evil one has in us. But the mere mention of the One who is the source of our core beliefs is enough to shake-up all […]

Reluctant are the Brave

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A wise management axiom goes, “if you’re not afraid, you don’t understand the situation.” That may be why the business world seems to love reluctant leaders. According to a recent article in the “bible” of the business world, the Harvard Business Review, “the people most enthusiastically granted the power to lead by their peers are […]

Not Hungry, yet Starving to Death

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We’re starving. Our culture is, at least. In advanced stages of starvation, appetite is lost—as is the energy to consume anything of substance. Apathy also sets in. Sound familiar? We’ve binged on news of moral apathy for quite some time now—especially recently as we’ve learned of long-hidden instances of sexual harassment in places of business […]

Guided not by the light of a star, but a Spirit

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The feast of the Epiphany is a good time to think about our spiritual guidance systems. The Kings who searched for and worshipped the One who would save us from the bounds of earth and some of its inhabitants followed the light of a star that shone within themselves—one that reflected the light of the […]

Living through Decades of Mysteries

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Whether we pray it or not, our lives can be like the mysteries of the rosary—joyful with glimpses of sorrow or sorrowful with hints of joy. Much of that depends on our own spiritual health and that of our families. For example, when families lose a loved one during the Christmas holidays, the sorrow would […]

The Gift for One Who Has Everything

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What’s the first Christmas gift you remember receiving? Whatever it was, it was probably what you always wanted—and it was also probably from mom and/or dad. Somehow they always knew your heart’s desire. Now, do you remember the first Christmas gift you ever gave mom or dad? I do. It was an egg cooker for […]