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For Your Weekend: All We Need is Jesus

July 13, 2024

Dig Deeper into Sunday’s Gospel: Read Mark 6:7–13
Chances are I would not have been among the apostles sent on their first missionary trip that we read about in this Sunday’s gospel. And if I had, well, I probably would have taken Jesus aside for a quick follow-up conversation regarding His “know before you go” instructions. [...]

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For Your Weekend: When Our Faith Takes A Dive

June 22, 2024

Dig Deeper into Sunday’s Gospel: Read Mark 4:35–41
Nothing inspires an instant response of gratitude in me more than immersing myself in God’s creation. Basking in His glory comes easy to me when wandering in a field of wildflowers, enjoying the shade of a tree, or savoring the radiant hues of a sunset. [...]

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For Your Weekend: Private Lessons and Mustard Sandwiches

June 15, 2024

Dig Deeper into Sunday’s Gospel: Read Mark 4:26–34
I was a co-catechist for first graders twelve years ago with my friend Kathy. We had our boys in our class, and after that experience, I never taught my kid again. We can save that story for another blog—or family therapy. [...]

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Do Not Fear, Really: Isaiah 41:10

May 16, 2024

I’ve heard it said that the sentence “Do not fear” is found in the Bible 365 times. While I can’t quite narrow down a credible source for that, I can confidently say that it appears enough within Scripture to warrant the claim that God knows His children and the emphasis that we place on our fear. [...]

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For Your Weekend: When God Gets Personal

April 6, 2024

Dig Deeper into Sunday’s Gospel: Read John 20:19–31
In 2008, evangelical speaker and writer Angie Smith found out that her fourth baby would not survive more than a couple of hours outside of her womb. She began blogging about her experience, and two years later, amid my conversion, [...]

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For Your Weekend: Don’t Look Away

March 9, 2024

Dig Deeper into Sunday’s Gospel: Read John 3:14–21
It was how he held his fingers that got me. I have seen many images of our crucified Savior, but this one differed. It grabbed me because, unlike the familiar, sanitized versions I have grown accustomed to, this one did something to me. [...]

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For Your Weekend: You Are the Temple He Is Fighting For

March 2, 2024

Dig Deeper into Sunday’s Gospel: Read John 2:13–25
Have you ever walked out of a church utterly moved by the worship? What about a church that left you wondering if worship occurred at all? What was each like? How were the two experiences different? 
Last March, [...]

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For Your Weekend: When Jesus Doesn’t Heal

February 3, 2024

Dig Deeper into Sunday’s Gospel: Read Mark 1:29–39
Sometimes, Jesus’ ways don’t make sense. For instance, years ago, I went to a healing mass, clutching a photo of a loved one I desperately wanted Jesus to restore to health. Despite my confidence in the power of God, [...]

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Living with Anxiety and Embracing Philippians 4:6

January 12, 2024

Anxiety is the most common mental illness in the United States. More than 19% of adults (ages 18+) and more than 31% of adolescents (ages 13–18) live with an anxiety disorder.[1] This means, dear sister, the odds that you have first-hand experience with this mental illness—either because you struggle with anxiety or because someone you love does—are extremely high. [...]

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For Your Weekend: The Promise of Hope and the Fullness of Joy

January 6, 2024

Dig Deeper into Sunday’s Gospel: Read Matthew 2:1–12
It was the first graders that stole the show this year at my children’s Christmas pageant. Dressed in their Catholic school uniform best, they stood in front of the altar and, in all their glory, sang their little hearts out. [...]

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