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Three Books, Three Nuggets, Three Thank You’s

By The Saints

My good friend Carol Zimmerman (from Divine Treasures Catholic Books and Gifts) recently gave me some gems from the store. They are three little prayer books based on the spirituality of three different saints. Each one is designed with a very short, powerful reflection, a short phrase from the reflection that you are meant to meditate upon throughout the day, and then a response prayer to pray before bed. Each…

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Christ Our Life

The Kiss of Jesus

By Christ Our Life, Eucharist

On Wednesday, father Ruben Perez de Ayala, a 36-year-old priest, died in the explosion of a building in Madrid. Here is a text written by this young priest: “THE JESUS KISS ′′ Six months after being ordained, my bishop sent me to run a parish; I had to replace a priest who had been there for over 30 years, so I noticed the coldness of the inhabitants of this place….

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Breathe on us again!

By Uncategorized

O Lord hear, O Lord forgive us. We have lost the awe of You. Have mercy, have mercy. O Lord, cleanse Our hearts which are divided. Stir the faith that we once knew We’re thirsty, we’re thirsty. O Lord restore The church that bears Your name. O Spirit send A revival to this nation. Breathe on us again, Breathe on us again. Breathe on us again. O Lord restore The…

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The Veil Removed

What Really Happens at Mass

By Eucharist

By Chris Magruder  |  The Veil Removed  | January 15, 2021 In working for our Lord on “The Veil Removed” over the last five years, I often share what the saints have seen at Mass beyond the veil that most people are not graced to see. For example Saint John Chrysostom said, “When Mass is being celebrated the sanctuary is filled with countless angels who adore the divine victim immolated…

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Christ Our Life Iowa

I know what I have to do

By Christ Our Life 2020, Trust

Now I just need to do it. My spirit is unsettled. There is a knot in the pit of my stomach. Can you relate? It’s been a rough year. But in spite of all the obvious hardships of 2020, I have been luckier than most and can even say that there have been many blessings during this weird year. Our business has been down but we are doing ok. We…

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Christ Our Life Iowa

A Christmas Eve Treat

By Christmas, Incarnation

It is highly unlikely that anyone subscribed to this blog needs to listen to this story by Paul Harvey to believe in the incarnation, but it is a creative parable about the incarnation and it moved me, so I share it with you on the eve of the celebration of Christ’s birth. ENJOY! This famous story as only Paul Harvey could tell it was aired over ABC Radio, on Christmas…

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The Darkness and the Light

By Advent, Christmas

In all my 64 years of life I have never had such a God-focused Advent and I am grateful for the grace, because that is what it is – GRACE. God has always been in my sight, even from early childhood. I always knew I needed Him. The reasons for needing Him have shifted from a need for freedom from fear in my early years to simply longing for more…

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Iowans For Life

The Royal Child: The Glory of God

By Advent, Christmas, Pro-Life

By Bishop William Joensen: Reprinted with permission from Iowans For LIFE. I am pleased to join you as bishop and pastor of the Catholic Diocese of Des Moines, as a brother in Christ, and a witness to the dignity of every human life.  While we would obviously prefer to be together in person sharing a meal and feasting on the musical fare our fine musicians serve us tonight, we are…

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Mary's meals

Little Acts of Love

By Mary's Meals

Did you see  “Love Reaches Everywhere” at the conference? The title “Love Reaches Everywhere” was inspired by words Ellen created for a Mary’s Meals t-shirt. Whether you saw it or not, it is worth watching again for a spiritual and joyful boost as you head into Advent. You will find it at the end of this post. What you may not realize is how Mary’s Meals and the Christ Our…

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