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    #ENOUGH, Catholic Schools Stand in Solidarity during the #NationalSchoolWalkout

      I share this moving report from Brother Tyrone Davis about the participation of Catholic high school students in this day of solidarity with students and others throughout the country related to the recent tragic violence and deaths in Parkland, Florida.  I know that other students with whom Catholic Charities works also participated.  In two weeks we will afford the opportunity for 100 students to participate in the March 24th “March For Our Lives.” in Washington, DC.  There is no more important time to encourage and facilitate engagement in the public square. – Msgr. Kevin Sullivan   By: Guest Blogger – Br. Tyrone Davis As I was leaving Cardinal Hayes…

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    Taking Small Steps to a Better You by Helping Others

    Reflection of the Day: Lent is a good time to cut off some of those annoying and distracting things around us.  Some of them are truly bad and wrong and should annoy us.  We also try when possible to change some of them – or at least do our part.  At the same time, some of them are far beyond our ability to significantly impact on our own.  Sometimes we become paralyzed by these things that we fail to impact those areas of our lives in which we actually can make a difference.    Tip: Forget about saving the world today, find one kind thing you can do for one…

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    Try to Make a Change            

    Reflection of the Day:      I am not sure that the adage, “the path to hell is paved with good intentions” is accurate.  God is pretty good at reading our hearts, and, if they are in the right place, I think we are in good shape with God.  Having said that: good intentions need to be reflected in good actions that put those intentions into practice.  This requires the discipline to do so; to not get distracted by whatever is our excuse this time. Lent is the perfect opportunity to undertake some sacrifice that gets us out of our own way to get us more in tune with God…

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    What Does Holy Mean?

    Write down the first three words that come to mind when you think of the word holy. Are the words about God, me, or someone else? Think about them for 5 minutes. What do these words mean to you? Do any of these words apply to people you know, who you think are holy? What can we do to be more holy people? Holiness means hanging enough with God to let God’s ways and perspective rub off on us.  But God’s a sneaky one.  If we hang with him enough, we’ll figure out he’s always concerned about our families, friends, and even our enemies who need things to live their…

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    Sing Out God’s Goodness

    Reflection of the Day: Sometime human analogies are helpful n thinking about our relationship with God.  I recently heard someone say the most important thing she valued in a relationship was time spent with the other person.  Put negatively she was not interested in having a relationship with someone unwilling to spend time with her. Gifts, money, pedigree, etc. all came in a distant second to “spending time.”  God has so much to offer, but it’s hard to take it in if we don’t hang out with God and allowing his presence to be with us. As with human friends we don’t always have to have a plan or a…

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    Don’t Focus on Mistakes

    Reflection: God has an easier time forgiving us than we have forgiving one another, and even forgiving ourselves.  Many times it’s difficult to simply stop doing something wrong, without substituting something positive.  Focusing on a different and better future is more effective than simply lamenting or obsessing over the mistakes (sins) of the past.  Spending some time reflecting on the past to learn and accept responsibility is far different than obsessing and being paralyzed from past missteps.     Tip: If you have a hard time doing something good for someone whom you do not like, instead find someone you do like and do something extra nice.  Remember the father…

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    Join Your Trial with Jesus

    It was perfect in the Garden of Eden – not so much since then. If you want to blame it on Adam & Eve and the apple, fine with me. In any case we live in a world that is not perfect and very unfair at times. It’s more unfair to some than others, but we all experience times when we are confronted with injustices, small or big, not of our own faults. We need to react to them in a way that remains faithful to the values that guide us disciples of Jesus. Another’s unfairness to us does not give us liberty to be unfair to others. Let’s be…

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    Be Your Brother or Your Sister’s Keeper

    Reflection of the Day:   Sometimes God lets his anger out and let us know he’s fed up with us his commands. And if we examine ourselves we know it’s true. And sometimes we concentrate so hard on avoiding what God tells us not to do, we forget that he bulk of his commands have to do with treating each other well, especially when someone is in need (e.g. the Good Samaritan). God’s merciful, but he’s still annoyed when we do not love each other and help each other out – even when it’s inconvenient and means some sacrifice.   Tip:          Help somebody whose need I have been ignoring and…

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    Stop Worrying and Just Thank God

      Reflection of the Day: Periodically it’s worth taking time off from complaining about trials and tribulations, worrying about problems and asking for what we need things. God gets tired and so do we. Both God and us need a break. Now mind you complaining, worrying and asking are legit – and we better do them a lot, but not incessantly. Reflect on one or two good things that have happened to you recently – even if you are generally going through a bad time. Say a simple thank-you God and praise his name. It will make you feel better.     Tip:           Listen to Hallelujah   Click here for…

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    Love Your Neighbor as Yourself

    We religious types, many times, make religion too complicated. It’s good that God bursts through and calls us back to basics: Love God a whole lot and love each other as we want to be loved. Sometimes, I don’t exactly what it means to love God. I’m not sure if I should buy Jesus a birthday present on Christmas. Should I send God a Valentine Day’s card? So I’m still figuring that out. I do know what it means to love others, so I’ll concentrate on that. Because even though I know what it means – most of the time, it still isn’t easy and I don’t always get it…