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Entries for March 2016

Those who live in the Chicago area have a special opportunity coming their way on Saturday, April 16. The Little Sisters of the Poor will be hosting a Catholic Vision for Leading Like Jesus Encounter at their St. Joseph’s Home in Palatine – and the cost is just $25. That’s only about a third of the usual cost of the program, which has drawn rave reviews from laity, religious and clergy in six countries on three continents. The 1-day program, intended for every adult Catholic, is of a rich mix of videos, live presentations, large and small group discussions and self-discovery exercises. “...

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Did you get up Monday morning a little bummed out that you didn’t make more of Easter? Maybe you could have paid a little more attention at Mass. Maybe you could have visited someone – or at least called them. Did you fail to reach out to a parent, another relative or friend who would have enjoyed hearing from you? Whatever the reason, are you regretting your indolence now? If so, we’ve got good news for you: Easter isn’t over. The window to do things right for Easter hasn’t closed on you. In fact, when it comes to Easter, we’ve only just begun. The full Easter season ...

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If you’re looking for some helpful tips for how to practice your Catholicism at work without isolating yourself from your work community, you’ve come to the right place. Or at least you are very close – just a click away, to be precise. Living Faith at Work, a wonderful site for lay Catholics trying to integrate their faith and their lives in small, helpful, practical steps, offers a short list of 12 things anyone can do to live their faith at work – ways to keep their own spiritual moorings secure while possibly committing a little good for others in the process. To learn more, click here....

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  In the Yeshua Institute’s latest video, Making Time for Prayer in Your Busy Life, Dr. Owen Phelps takes just over three minutes to help busy people make time for prayer in their lives. “I won’t tell you how to carve out hours in your day for prayer,” Owen promises. “If you can do that, you already have overcome the biggest challenge – how to find a few minutes here and there to communicate with your creator and savior while you frantically try to keep up with everything else that’s going on in your life. “I know it’s not easy because I went for many year...

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  John 20:1-19 (From the Mass of Easter Day) On the first day of the week, Mary of Magdala came to the tomb early in the morning, while it was still dark, and saw the stone removed from the tomb. So she ran and went to Simon Peter and to the other disciple whom Jesus loved, and told them,  “They have taken the Lord from the tomb, and we don’t know where they put him.” So Peter and the other disciple went out and came to the tomb. They both ran, but the other disciple ran faster than Peter and arrived at the tomb first; he bent down and saw the burial cloths there, but did not go i...

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  Romans 6:3-11 (From the Epistle for the Easter Vigil Mass) Brothers and sisters: Are you unaware that we who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were indeed buried with him through baptism into death, so that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might live in newness of life. For if we have grown into union with him through a death like his, we shall also be united with him in the resurrection. We know that our old self was crucified with him, so that our sinful body might be done away with,  that we might no longer be in sl...

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HOLY WEEK REFLECTION: Good Friday

Posted on March 22, 2016 in: Articles

  John 19:23-30 (From the Gospel for Good Friday services) When the soldiers had crucified Jesus, they took his clothes and divided them into four shares, a share for each soldier. They also took his tunic, but the tunic was seamless, woven in one piece from the top down. So they said to one another, “Let’s not tear it, but cast lots for it to see whose it will be,” in order that the passage of Scripture might be fulfilled that says: They divided my garments among them, and for my vesture they cast lots. This is what the soldiers did. Standing by the cross of Jesus were his mother a...

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John 13:1-15 (From the Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper) Before the feast of Passover, Jesus knew that his hour had come to pass from this world to the Father. He loved his own in the world and he loved them to the end. The devil had already induced Judas, son of Simon the Iscariot, to hand him over. So, during supper, fully aware that the Father had put everything into his power and that he had come from God and was returning to God, he rose from supper and took off his outer garments. He took a towel and tied it around his waist. Then he poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’...

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  For those who want to live, love and lead like Jesus, a Catholic Vision for Leading Like Jesus Encounter is a great place to start. The 1-day program is a rich mix of videos, live presentations, large and small group discussions and self-discovery exercises that inspire and challenge Catholics to embrace Jesus as their model in all of their relationships. Chicago-area Catholics have a special opportunity to participate in an Encounter on Saturday, April 16, when the Little Sisters of the Poor host the program at their St. Joseph’s Home in Palatine, IL. Two special notes about the program: the fa...

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In the Yeshua Institute’s latest video, A Giving Parish is a Growing Parish, the Institute’s CEO, Dr. Owen Phelps, shares the story of how a pastor’s vision of generosity helped build a new parish from the ground up. From the start, the new parish’s young pastor insisted that despite the parish’s many needs, it should tithe its income for needs beyond the parish. That notion wasn’t popular with many of the new parish’s members. But the pastor stuck to his principles and consistently donated five percent of the parish’s income to needs beyond the parish. Since then th...

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In Rudyard Kipling’s classic poem, “If,” he lays down a series of conditions for manhood. Among them he includes this challenge: “If you can meet with triumph and disaster, and treat those two impostors just the same.” His insight is noteworthy. All too many of us spend way too much of our lives focused on how to achieve triumph and avoid disaster. Kipling unveils both as “imposters” -- not worthy of our attention, much less our lifelong devotion. It’s a hard lesson to learn. How else can you explain why so few of us learn it? Or why do even those who do learn it als...

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  The Little Sisters of the Poor are inviting the public to participate in a Catholic Vision for Leading Like Jesus Encounter April 16 at their St. Joseph’s Home in Palatine, IL, for just a fraction of what the program usually costs. Admission generally runs $50 to $100, depending on the cost of the site, but the Little Sisters have set the registration fee at just $25. The price includes all materials, lunch and snack breaks. “The Little Sisters really want to help their fellow Catholics learn how to be Jesus-like Leaders,” says Owen Phelps, director of the Yeshua Institute and facilitator ...

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  If the term “emotional intelligence” doesn’t mean much to you -- or perhaps is even a new term for you – it’s your lucky day. You’ve just identified a gap it would be good for you to close if you want to be an effective leader. Personally, I recommend you get and read a copy of Daniel Goleman’s classic, Emotional Intelligence: Why It Can Matter More Than IQ.   But before you do, you’ll want to hear from LaRae Quy, an FBI undercover and counterintelligence agent for 24 years, who says that mental toughness is not something you acquire by setting your emotio...

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  In observance of St. Patrick’s Day on March 17, we share with you this fragment from St. Patrick’s Breastplate, a popular prayer often attributed to the saint who is credited with converting Ireland to Christianity. It’s a great little prayer with which to begin the day St. Patrick’s Day – or any other day of the year, for that matter. Christ with me, Christ before me, Christ behind me, Christ in me, Christ beneath me, Christ above me, Christ on my right, Christ on my left, Christ when I lie down, Christ when I sit down, Christ when I arise, Christ in the heart of ev...

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  Jim Whitehurst, former COO of Delta Airlines and now president and CEO of Red Hat, a hi-tech company, says there are five ways to cultivate the kind of passion in people that fosters high performance. Yes, he says, in order to build a great organization leaders have to espouse a purpose that transcends the bottom line. “The best and brightest talent are attracted to organizations that offer a broader purpose. But simply defining a purpose is not enough,” he says. What sets top-notch organizations apart is passion. “People want to be passionate about what they do, and they want to be s...

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The Little Sisters of the Poor are hosting a public Catholic Vision for Leading Like Jesus Encounter at their St. Joseph’s Home in Palatine, IL, on Saturday, April 16, the day after the traditional deadline to pay federal income taxes. No matter that the tax deadline has been extended this year – or whether you got a tax refund or had to pony up some cash to get right with the government. Whatever your circumstances, the Little Sisters are offering a super bargain registration fee – just $25. That fee includes all materials, lunch and snack breaks. “God  bless the Little Sisters,"...

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The deadline for a March 18 Catholic Vision for Leading Like Jesus Encounter  in Rockford, IL, has been extended to Thursday, March 10. The Encounter is the Yeshua Institute’s signature 1-day training program where the Catholic Vision for Leading Like Jesus is presented with a rich mix of videos, large and small group discussion, self-discovery exercises and live presentations. The program has drawn high praise from Catholic laity and clergy in all walks of life in six countries on three continents. A fee of $79 includes all materials, lunch and snack breaks. For more information or to register for the ...

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SportsLeader, a Catholic ministry for coaches and directors of sports ministry based in Louisville, KY, has a question: Why not coach and play sports like Jesus? Here’s the ministry’s argument for making Jesus the model for sports participation: Jesus was tough, selfless, humble, coachable, 100% all in, dedicated, willing to sacrifice and take one for the team … On top of all that he could heal the sick and the injured, walk on water, produce free food, calm huge and angry crowds …Why wouldn’t you want Him on your team? Why wouldn’t you put Him in? Just imagine if every single...

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  Our friends at Living Faith at Work offer some brief and excellent reflections – and a few self-discovery questions – about the Catholic Vision of Work. “Our Catholic faith/spirituality at its foundation is a way of seeing -- recognizing God's presence in all of life, including work,” they explain. “If we view work through the lens of faith, what do we see?” they ask – offering 11 insights about the meaning and significance of our work. “It makes a profound difference how we view our work: whether we look at our work only as a career or through the eyes...

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