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Waiting For My Heart’s Desire

At Mass last Sunday, our priest asked, by a show of hands, how many of us patiently wait. Guess how many hands went up? Not a one! I was really close to putting my arm halfway up and yelling out, “I wait patiently sometimes! Does that count??” We know that Advent is a time of waiting. We wait for Jesus – both for the anniversary of His first coming at Christmas as well as for His second coming. We wait whilst preparing ourselves through every intermediary encounter with Him along the way…through His Word, the Mass, our prayers, etc. We…

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A Prayer of Entrustment to Mary

Most Blessed Mary, Mother of God, you are the Immaculate One, through whom shines the fullness of grace. Here, then, I stand, your daughter, seeking refuge in your motherly protection. Today I entrust to you the future that awaits me, and I ask you to be with me as I go on my way. I wish to take you into my home, that I may learn from you and give my steady and perpetual YES to God. Mary, I humbly seek your intercession with your beloved Son, that He may give me, in abundance, the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of…

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Cross And Mountain

The Crux Move This Lent

I love to go rock climbing. And living in the Mid-Atlantic region, I am blessed to live only a few hours away from one of the greatest rock climbing areas in the world, the Shawangunks in Gardiner, New York. There are hundreds of rock climbing routes spread over a series of cliffs. This is a picture of my son nearing the top of a climb. Every climb has a move that is called “the crux.” As the name implies, the crux move is the most challenging move on the route. The crux move is often midway through the climb or…

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Fasting

A Season of Self-Forgetting

Cheese. It’s my weakness. My Kryptonite. My Achilles heel. Two years ago, I decided to give it up for Lent. Abstaining is supposed to be difficult, right? I told people of my goal, mostly so I’d go through with it. Friends looked frightened. Even my doctor, who I happened to see the day before Ash Wednesday, said, “Are you sure this is a good idea?” (I was hoping for more support considering the health benefits of my choice. He does, however, get points for knowing me.) So I went for it. I was all in. Until Day 2, when I…

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Considering The Baggage We Carry Along

The Journey to Calvary: prayerfully considering the baggage we carry along

I love to think of our faith journey as a personal pilgrimage we each take with Jesus. In the Gospel this past Sunday we journeyed with Jesus up to the top of a high mountain and beheld the Transfiguration along with Peter, James, and John. And perhaps, like the Apostles, we are eager to pitch our tents and remain on top of the mountain; but we are being called to move with Jesus towards another mountain – Calvary. Throughout these 40 days of Lent, we make our way across the valley and begin the climb once again. This 40-day journey is…

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Perseverance Not Perfection

Is there Wiggle Room in Your Prayer Life?

I’ll spare you the boring and highly personal details, but with my doctor’s blessing, I’m eating gluten and dairy free at the moment.  I used to think this gluten stuff was made up.  I mean, gluten-free stuff is highly advertised, widely available, and preposterously overpriced – all hallmarks of the latest fad, right? But when I listened to my friend with celiac disease explaining more about everything she went through before diagnosis, I found some striking similarities with my own life long story.  While I don’t have celiac, after speaking with my doctor, I’m aware that I may have some…

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Hearts, Ashes, & The Cross

I think it is so fitting that Valentine's Day falls on Ash Wednesday this year. While the restaurants in town have been carefully crafting specialty seafood dishes for their Catholic patrons to enjoy on Wednesday (a day of fasting and abstinence!) I have been reflecting on what it means for the season of Lent, which culminates with the celebration of the Triduum (Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday), to begin on a day when people will be either celebrating or bemoaning love, or what they think love is. What do our 40 days of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving have…

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A God Who Waits

We know that Advent is a time of prayerful waiting. And we are not waiting alone. God waits with us. In fact, He’s not just waiting for us during these 22 days of Advent, he’s been waiting for us our entire lives! And he will continue to wait for us until the moment our earthly life comes to its close. What in the world is He waiting for? “…a God who waits that He may make Himself known to us perfectly as the gracious One.” – Andrew Murray (1828-1917), South African Missionary. This Advent, God has invited me to consider…

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Busy and Holy

Last year I had the privilege of speaking at an Advent by Candlelight event at a lovely Catholic church in Mount Holly, NJ. Below is an excerpt from my talk along with a download to help us all hold onto the ‘holy’ in the midst of our ‘busy!’ you ever sat down and considered how incredible The Incarnation really is? That awe-striking moment when, because He loves us so much and desires to be as close to us as He can, God made the unlikely decision to become one of us. To meet us right where we are and join us in…

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