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Join our contributors on a journey through the wisdom of Scripture most relevant to modern life's daily challenges. Explore the great ideas the bible has for managing life's pace and pressure while living with calm and steadiness.
For Your Weekend: An Advent Inspired by John the Baptist

December 9, 2023

Dig Deeper into Sunday’s Gospel: Read Mark 1:1–8
Every Advent, we prepare for the celebration of Christmas: the Incarnation of Christ, the manifestation of God in the flesh, one with His people in all things but sin. It is easy to reflect only on the first coming of Christ and lose sight of the fact that much like the Israelites of years past, [...]

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For Your Weekend: Set the Advent Alarm

December 2, 2023

Dig Deeper into Sunday’s Gospel: Read Mark 13:33–37
The snooze button: the archnemesis of my early morning marathon training. 
In order to get the most out of the morning hours before my husband and children got up and the most miles in before the demands of everyday life set in, [...]

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For Your Weekend: The Things I Have Failed To Do

November 25, 2023

Dig Deeper into Sunday’s Gospel: Read Matthew 25:31–46
Have you ever wanted to crawl out of the confessional? I have, just a few weeks ago, when loving words of correction on the other side of the screen were interpreted as, “You idiot, don’t you know anything?” Caught off guard, [...]

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For Your Weekend: Recognizing the Beauty in the Mirror

November 18, 2023

Dig Deeper into Sunday’s Gospel: Read Matthew 25:14–30
Certain things are universal to the experience of women. For example, we have all sat with a friend, heard her complain about her appearance, and thought, “You must be insane! When I look at you, I see your unique beauty, [...]

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For Your Weekend: Time to Prepare

November 11, 2023

Dig Deeper into Sunday’s Gospel: Read Matthew 25:1–13
I remember the first time I heard the phrase, “Lack of preparation on your part does not constitute an emergency on mine.” It seemed to me the wise sort of thing someone says who has very good boundaries. [...]

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For Your Weekend: Take Off Your Mask

November 4, 2023

Dig Deeper into Sunday’s Gospel: Read Matthew 23:1–12
Some people use hypocrisy for the reason that they no longer go to church because they believe the church to be filled with hypocrites. I’ve heard it many times, both from people who have permanently left the church and those who have thought of leaving.  [...]

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For Your Weekend: Your Outfit for Eternity

October 14, 2023

Dig Deeper into Sunday’s Gospel: Read Matthew 22:1–14
Months ago, I splurged on a lovely dress that is now hanging in a plastic garment bag in my closet, unworn. I had spent countless hours thinking about what to wear to a much-anticipated wedding. Determined not to show up underdressed, [...]

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For Your Weekend: We Are The Tenants

October 6, 2023

Dig Deeper into Sunday’s Gospel: Read Matthew 21:33–43
Did I ever tell you about when I entered a contest to be on a reality TV show and won? They were looking for a mom desperate for a home, wardrobe, and life makeover. Entries included a written submission stating why you deserved the prize and a video of a day in your life with your children. [...]

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For Your Weekend: The Little Way

September 30, 2023

Dig Deeper into Sunday’s Gospel: Read Matthew 21:28–32
“I am daringly confident that one day I shall become a great Saint.”[1]
These are the words written by Saint Therese of Lisieux, doctor of the Church, patron saint of Walking with Purpose, whose feast day we celebrate on October 1. [...]

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For Your Weekend: The Injustice of Envy

September 23, 2023

Dig Deeper into Sunday’s Gospel: Read Matthew 20:1–16a
“But WHY? It’s not FAIR!”
You may think I’ve got a story for you about one of my kids, but nope. That was me—last week. 
I had my heart set on something. Something that definitely didn’t happen. Something that I had prayed for—begged God for—and told myself would be good for me. [...]

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