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Our Lady of the Angels, Portiuncula

I always look forward to August 2: it is the Franciscan Feast Day of Our Lady of the Angels. The church of Our Lady of Angels, in Assisi Italy, was a favorite place of St. Francis to pray and to be in the presence of the Blessed Virgin Mary. He found comfort and solace there …

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Ode to the Cicada

Now for something different – – a poem I wrote one day after spending some time outside in the presence of those wonderful creatures (sarcasm) called cicadas (they are all but a distant memory now). A constant droning sound hangs in the air:Cicadas chirping on tree tops without any cares.Manifesting every 10+7, thankfully all too …

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The Road from Emmaus to the Garden…
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The Road from Emmaus to the Garden…

theRecently I learned a new way of reading one of my favorite resurrection accounts, namely, the appearance of the  Risen Lord to two of his dejected disciples on the road to the town of Emmaus. I first heard this approach from Bishop Robert Barron and Father Sebastian Carnazzo (who taught the Scripture course I took …

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And she said yes.

We have just witnessed how Our Lord Jesus Christ became obedient even unto death on a cross. By his obedience and love for the Father, Jesus reverses the disobedience of Adam by entering into combat with the serpent. It was the will of the Father that allowed Jesus to undergo bodily death in order to …

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The Cleansing of our Temples

The Temple of God was intended to be the dwelling place of God where all would come to worship him. Even after the Babylonian exile, it was a place of prayer where God listened to his people’s cries. God’s people longs for the day when the everlasting kingship of David be restored and established and …

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Latest Battle as Iron Man

Back from battle. Somewhere along the fight, I became Iron Man. Actually, I was told I was tougher… I almost lost my life along the way. However, I received supernatural power to get through it even though at times I felt like giving up and giving in to defeat. How could I not will to …

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