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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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