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How to Make an Advent Wreath

How to Make an Advent Wreath

How do I make an Advent Wreath?  If your family doesn’t already follow this tradition, why not start? You can buy Advent wreaths, but all you really need are three purple candles and a pink one. Place them in a circle and arrange some pine branches and pine cones around them. Or, you can make safe “candles” with toilet paper (cardboard) rolls and tissue paper – don’t light these! All you need to do is paint three of the toilet paper rolls purple and one of them...
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Teach Us To Pray

Teach Us To Pray

With so much tragedy and anxiety in the world, it’s more important than ever to remember that God is with us through everything. We’re not alone. But sometimes the same routine prayers don’t seem to make a difference. Perhaps this is a good time for you to try a different form of prayer, for a different season of life. Vocal prayer is what we’re all most used to. We say words to God, either from an established prayer (Our Father, Hail Mary, etc.) or simply speaking to God...
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3 Steps to Memento Mori

3 Steps to Memento Mori

Memento mori (literally, “remember that you have to die”) is an ancient practice of reflection on mortality, the reminder that this life is not forever. French painter Philippe de Champaigne illustrated it in his painting Still Life with a Skull, showing the three essentials of existence: a tulip (life), a skull (death), and an hourglass (time). The practice isn’t meant to be depressing, but rather to remind us of where our real life lies. Remember that every day on e...
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All Saints Day

All Saints Day

This feast day grew out of the love and devotion of God's people. It is so much a part of ourselves to feel gratitude for these saints and to honor them. Yes, all of the women, men and children who have died loving God very much and are now in heaven.Some passed through purgatory to be purified for the Lord's presence. They stayed there until the moment when they were ready to see God. They are with him now forever. Some saints have been singled out for their own feast day. The Chur...
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Getting back to the basics as a faith community

Getting back to the basics as a faith community

As we celebrate the Feast of the Divine Master this weekend, and as Advent approaches, it’s a good time to ask ourselves what we’re doing to live Christ every day in our lives. Here are three suggestions: Worshipping: Take an hour out of your schedule to spend with Jesus in Eucharistic Adoration. You can pray, read, listen to uplifting music, or just stay quietly with him. Reading: The Gospels are the story of Jesus’ life, and the Epistles are how St. Paul teaches us to live th...
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Three Ways to Improve Your Prayer Life

Three Ways to Improve Your Prayer Life

Let’s face it: sometimes you just don’t feel like praying. Maybe you don’t believe that your prayers are being answered. Maybe you sometimes don’t know what to say. Maybe you’re just too tired to go through the motions.Here are three ways to get your prayer life back on track: Use short prayers. God really just wants you to talk to him. Maybe you’re putting it off because you don’t have a long time, or maybe you feel you’re not eloquent enough...
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Hearers and Doers

Hearers and Doers

Dear Friend,Do you like to use your imagination? So do I.When I spoke to my followers, I would tell them stories to get my message across. I used really vivid images that would be hard to forget. I wanted to let them know that my teachings were not just make-believe. They were the truths my Father wanted me to tell everyone.My words are reliable and forever true. If people practice my teachings and my way of life, they will be happy, honest, and good. Heaven will open to them. It is up to us to ...
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Saint Luke

Saint Luke

It is generally believed that Luke was a gentile doctor. He was a good, kind man who came to know the Lord from the great apostle Paul. After he had become a Christian, he went everywhere with Paul. Luke was a great help to him in spreading the faith. The Bible calls Luke "the beloved physician."Saint Luke is the author of two books in the Bible: the Gospel of Luke and the Acts of the Apostles. Although he did not meet the Lord Jesus while he was on this earth, he wanted to w...
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The Parable of the Two Sons

The Parable of the Two Sons

Dear Friends,“Saying yes” and “doing no” is a challenge for everyone! Sometimes you may feel stuck between the two. At times, doing the right thing will go against what you feel like doing. At other times, it will be tough and unpopular to do right. But when you live as my follower, my help will always be there for you.I tried to make this point by telling the following parable. Remember, when you do the right thing it is always seen by my heavenly Father!Signed,Your frie...
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The Sacredness of Tears

The Sacredness of Tears

Washington Irving writes of the “sacredness” in tears, messengers, he says, of grief. There’s been a lot of grief in all of our lives recently, as natural disasters and human folly seem to be multiplying around us; and we each have our own private pain and losses. How do we deal with all those tears? Know you’re not alone. One of the names of Jesus is “Emmanual,” or “God with us.” God is with you in your grief: God is also present through his peopl...
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