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Lean Into Self Control

The lack of self-control has been in the news. Riots in the street because a sports team lost (or won) the championship. More riots because a court case didn’t go the expected direction. Road Rage Social media nastiness Ridicule that has replaced intellectual debate in the public square It seems our culture no…

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Evangelization and Pentecost

Evangelization and Pentecost

In his pastoral letter to the faithful of the archdiocese, Cardinal Seán called us to live in Christ’s spirit and carry out his work in our daily lives. In 2011, Cardinal Seán wrote a pastoral letter on evangelization entitled, “A New Pentecost: Inviting All To Follow Jesus.” While written […] Click here to…

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Lean Into Gentleness

Today, I resolve to be gentle. I will use Christ as my example and let the Spirit lead me in His gentle ways.

Lean Into Gentleness A burly man sat during the children’s Mass Christmas performance. Tattoos painted his arms, neck and face so much you couldn’t see his skin color. His face was battle-scarred from too many back-alley fights. He locked his arms across his chest. As the performance commenced the countenance on his face…

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Lean Into Faithfulness

Today I resolve to be faithful, to believe God is Who He says He is, faithful to me and I will be faithful to Him.

The theological virtue of faith is defined as “trust that what God has revealed about Himself is true.” The trust of faith leads to a deeper intimacy with the three Persons of the Holy Trinity. Once we trust that God wants us to know Him, we can open our hearts to knowing Him…

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Lean Into Goodness

Today, I desire to be good. I will let God's light shine through my actions.

Have you ever met someone who you considered to be good? By following their actions you were able to determine they weren’t just doing good deeds, but that they themselves were full of goodness. Goodness is a fruit that can be cultivated and grown in our lives. When it’s grown into virtue, then…

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Lean Into Kindness

You are busy walking through the city, your head lowered as you read the latest news on your phone. You happen to look up to see a young man scurrying ahead to open the door for a woman. The woman’s arms are laden with bags while she tries to navigate the stroller holding…

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Lean Into Patience

The history of transportation shows us an important truth about humanity. Human beings are not patient. The primary goal of “advancements” in transportation is to get us where we want to go faster. If you think about it, there could have been other goals. A goal of accessibility would have led to greater…

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Lean Into Peace

The world is uncertain. Jobs are not secure. Marriages crumble. Neighborhoods aren’t safe. We may be tempted to crawl under a rock. An artist painted a picture of raging ocean waves crashing on a craggy and rocky coastline. The ocean spray flew into the sky. The waves churned, and storm clouds filled the…

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