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Advent Reflections -2nd Sunday

Advent Reflections -2nd Sunday

The Messengers The word angel itself means messenger, and often throughout salvation history God has sent angels to bring messages and guidance to men. But he has also allowed men; such as prophets and other holy ones, to deliver his messages and guide his people as...

Advent Reflections – 1st Sunday

Advent Reflections – 1st Sunday

  Watch! Today marks the first day of Advent - the liturgical color shifts to purple as we prepare our hearts for the coming of Christ and recognize the first day of the liturgical year. The Gospel reading from Mark (13:33-37) is short and to the point. In it one...

Gospel Reflections – Christ the King

Gospel Reflections – Christ the King

  Happy Fest of Christ the King! Today I reflected on the Old Testament, when the Israelites demanded a King be put over them. Samuel warned against a King, saying that the people would be his slaves (1 Samuel 8:10-22). Still...they cried out for that slavery,...

The First Thanksgiving

The First Thanksgiving

  Lest we forget... 55 years before the Pilgrims landed on Plymouth Rock, there was a greater Thanksgiving being celebrated in St. Augustine, Florida. This Eucharist "thanksgiving," was the holy sacrifice of the Mass. Mass at St. Augustine, Fl has been celebrated...

Gospel Reflections – Parable of the Talents

Gospel Reflections – Parable of the Talents

  It’s hard to remain vigilant when approaching theology, but we should all be readily embracing it – and sharing it with our children and family as well. In fact, today’s gospel reminds us of exactly this: Three servants are entrusted with their master’s...

Quality Time in Marriage

Quality Time in Marriage

One of the most important gifts I can give another human person is my time. In spending my quality time in the presence of another person, I give myself. In the context of marriage, this couldn't be more true. How often do we see two people together at a cafe table or...

All Hallow’s Eve and Halloween

All Hallow’s Eve and Halloween

  I don't know a child who doesn't like to use their imagination, especially when it comes to dressing up in costume and pretending to be someone/thing else! How fun it is to be a superhero, first responder, or beautiful princess for a night. For this reason,...

A Miscarriage Story

A Miscarriage Story

Losing a child - through miscarriage or anywhere else along the journey to heaven, is perhaps the most painful experience a parent will go through. Death of course is unnatural, and unintended in the creation of man. Still, the heart breaks - it shatters, and through...

Increasing Marian Devotion

Increasing Marian Devotion

As the feast of Our Lady of the Rosary fast approaches, I am so thankful for all the many women surrounding me, who reflect the beautiful virtues of Our Lady. For my own mother, friends, and fellow writers - who hold close to the mother of Jesus, despite the...

Drug Dealing to Coffee Farming

Drug Dealing to Coffee Farming

  The story of how Joey Stazzone came to be a licensed coffee grader (roughly 3,000 worldwide), and owner of Cafe Kreyol, which he founded, is an unlikely one. By age 12, Joey was using marijuana, painkillers and developed an addiction to opiates. By the time he...

The Need for Christian Community

The Need for Christian Community

 I am a rock. I am an island. Except that I'm not! The popular Paul Simon lyrics spoke truth to many hearts who had shut out love, and with it the chance for heartbreak. But what about when those walls of our fortress - deep and mighty, are real? How many of us even...

Appaloosa Music Festival Has Deep Roots

Appaloosa Music Festival Has Deep Roots

  Perhaps the last thing you expected to hear from one of the five main stages of Scythian's Shenandoah Valley annual roots music festival, were the Divine Praises. It was the morning of the canonization of beloved Mother Teresa of Calcutta, and weary campers who...