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By David Coe Master Facilitator As Lent begins, I want to talk for a moment about the “Sacrifice of Praise.” The term sounds like an oxymoron, doesn’t it? Yet that is exactly what scripture calls praise and asks us to do! Through Him let us offer God an unending sacrifice ...

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Just before 2021ended Pope Francis offered married couples a present that could make all of our lives better. It consists of three simple words that he included in a letter to married couples issued on Holy Family Sunday, Dec. 26. It came halfway through a yearlong celebration of families that wi...

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By Tommy Spaulding Saturday, Oct. 18, 1986, was the day my life was changed forever. Besides getting married and witnessing my kids being born, that cool autumn day 36 years ago was the greatest day of my life. All because of one man’s belief in me. Suffern High School’s varsity fo...

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By Eugene Hemrick  Yeshua Institute Fellow An increase in selfish self-centeredness and the deterioration of dignified speech are growing indications of today’s malfunctioning moral compass.   Evil is defined as “what ought not to be.” It is the direct oppos...

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By Owen Phelps, Ph.D. Director, Yeshua Institute The Synod on Synodality that Pope Francis launched this past fall is a whole new ballgame for all of us. Being on altogether new turf makes us especially prey to not knowing where we are – and assuming, falsely, that we are in one place...

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By Owen Phelps, Ph.D. Director, Yeshua Institute As 2022 unfolds, there’s one word traditionally associated with a new year that I’m not hearing at all these days: Opportunity. Almost nobody wants to talk about it – or even consider the possibility – as we find ourse...

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By Owen Phelps, Ph.D. Director, Yeshua Institute As the Universal Church begins its process of conducting a “Synod on Synodality,” one issue that should be put on the table for discussion is the fact that there is an option to closing parishes as the number of priests to pastor the...

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By David Coe Master Facilitator When we hear or read in John 3:16 -- “For God loved the World so much that he gave His only Son...” -- it is only natural to think about the greatness, the enormity of our God. After all, He truly is the Creator of our world, indeed, the whole univer...

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If you’re a church leader or know a church leader, a good way to start off the New Year right would be to buy a new book and either read it or give it to the leader you know. We’re not talking just any book. There are, of course, dozens of fine books to help people do a better job of ...

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By Ken Ogorek Patrick Lencioni’s book The Ideal Team Player identifies three traits -- humble, hungry and smart -- as very helpful for leadership team members, including the leader, to have and to cultivate. In my retreat work with Catholic leadership teams (e.g. parish staffs) I’v...

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