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HeartWork: A Grace-Filled Journey

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HeartWork: A Grace-Filled Journey
Whether we still struggle with the pain of past wounds, are working through relationships and situations that are dragging us down, or worrying about the future, we yearn for a life that is free, fulfilling, and fruitful. The trouble is that we often feel that we have a hole in our hearts that we can't fill. We look for love, and it slips through our fingers. We try to give love to others, and no one wants it. We can't believe that God really would love us. We end up alone.  HeartWork&...
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Faith: the Secret of Reality

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Faith: the Secret of Reality
Faith is all about the deep-down essence of things, the core of being, the secret of reality.For most of us, life is so busy that concepts such as essence and core and secret of reality can sound a bit esoteric. Perhaps they elicit from us little more than a dazed look as we attempt to decipher the words."What's really important," we might be thinking, "is how I'm going to feed my family without a job, or how I'm going to protect someone I love from an unfair court case, or whether or not I'm go...
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Christian Faith Proclaims God's Total Love
After I had a stroke at 21 years old, it took many years of introspection and struggle to dig deep enough into my soul to trust God again—to know, to be absolutely certain, that God always takes care of me. Years later when I watched a friend suffer with PTSD, I had to face that same question anew. With absolute certainty I could trust that my life was in God’s hands and that no matter how things turned out God’s hands were good and safe, but how do I encourage another to so trust?Would God ...
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Believers Are Bearers of the Gaze of Christ
When Pope Francis talks about Jesus in The Light of Faith (Lumen Fidei), he gives us many clues on how to define faith. It’s wonderful to be able to define words because a clarified and broadened understanding of a concept or term frees us to choose, to make modifications or U-turns in those places in which we feel called by God.So what are the clues about faith that Pope Francis gives us when he speaks about the fullness of Christian faith, that gift given to us by the Lord? Most simply, he st...
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Faith Is a Journey into God's Horizons
Get faith! Have faith! Keep the faith! Believe the teachings of the Faith! At least three things seem to be communicated by these statements: trust, perseverance, and orthodox belief. And indeed, when it comes to understanding faith, this may be how most would define this virtue. Instead, I like to imagine faith as a diamond. Have you ever held a diamond up to the light? The cut of a diamond determines its beauty and quality in part by the way the cut disperses light into the colors of th...
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6 strategies for deepening relationships
Six strategies for deepening your relationships based on the mystery of love in the Trinity. Every time we respect another person or we reverence the sacredness and integrity of creation, we are living in relationship. We are living as God lives: in love. Whenever we give ourselves to another in service or care, we are living in a relationship modeled on God-Love. When we love, yet respect another’s freedom, we are loving the way the Persons of the Trinity love each other, and the...
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We are a mystery to ourselves

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We are a mystery to ourselves
We are always a mystery to ourselves....Jesus speaks to you: Are you concerned that your intentions are not completely pure? Don’t be afraid. Human beings have mixed motives. Purification is a lifelong process. Begin where you are.God’s word: “One there is who is good” (Matthew 19:17). “We also are men, of like nature with you…” (Acts 14:15).Words of wisdom: “Relax, O chosen one! God loves you completely, cherishing your e...
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We Are Wonderfully Made

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We Are Wonderfully Made
Sing to the Lord a new song, his praise in the assembly of the faithful. Let Israel be glad in its maker, the people of Zion rejoice in their king. Let them praise his name in dance, make music with tambourine and lyre. For the Lord takes delight in his people, honors the poor with victory. Ps 149:1–4 (NABRE) God loves us as if we were the center of his universe! We who have died and risen with Christ, we in whom the Son abides, we for whom Jesu...
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Psalm 23 as an Act of Faith

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Psalm 23 as an Act of Faith
Psalm Twenty Three, many people's favorite psalm, is a welcome message amid the tumultuous and painful events in the world today. We hear the words, “The Lord is my Shepherd…” and in our imagination we picture comforting images of Jesus the Good Shepherd leading and guarding his flock. We resonate with the promise of the Psalm. Knowing, however, that we rarely feel like we are being led through soft green pastures, could be a challenge to our faith. Is God really here? Will Jesus protect me n...
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Strength in Weakness

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Strength in Weakness
We all have things in our past that haunt us – friends we’ve lost, cruel things we have said, inexcusable things we have done. St. Paul knew this feeling, the feeling of having squandered something that cannot be restored, the feeling of having done something that can not be taken back.  In the Book of Acts, Stephen is “full of grace and power,” and does “great wonders and signs among the people” (Acts 6:8). But the people believe that Stephen is blaspheming when he preaches about Jesus a...
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