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Mustard Seed Faith – St. Francis & the Sultan

Jesus calls us to have faith at least the size of a mustard seed. He also constantly addresses his disciples with this command: Be not afraid! St. Francis of Assisi shows us how to leave behind fear and grow in trust....

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Stewardship – Lessons from the Dishonest Steward

Stewardship . . . what does this term really mean? The parable of the dishonest steward in Luke 16 argues against the divorce between God and everyday life. Though it is idolatry to serve money, it is very important to serve God by the way...

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Dives & Lazarus, Rich Man & Beggar

Luke, chapter 16, tells the story of the Rich man and the Beggar, Dives and Lazarus. It shows how some choices we make lead to addictions that can determine our eternal destiny. Gluttony, one of the 7 Deadly Sins, is a poison that has an...

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Discipleship, Discipline, and Disciples – Podcast

7 minute podcast segment in which Dr. Italy is interviewed about the dynamics of discipleship and the paradox of freedom and rest through discipline. The term discipleship has been heard a lot in the past few years.  Many parishes are writing mission statements these days calling...

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Radical Discipleship – a Call for All

In Luke 14, Jesus speaks some very disturbing words to anyone who wants to be his disciple. He talks about discipleship as requiring people to renounce not only their possessions but also their own life and family. The example of Thomas More shows...

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Humility Opens Doors

In the topsy turvey world of the Kingdom of God humility opens doors, the last shall be first and the meek shall inherit the earth. Meekness is not weakness, & pride is a symptom of insanity. This post explains why....

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Faith as a Dynamic Journey

Faith or belief is more than conviction that God exists. Authentic Christian faith is a dynamic journey of trust, confidence, and commitment that involves no small amount of risk taking....

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Money – Root of all Evil?

The story of the rich man in Luke 12 who gloats over his bumper harvest brings up a good question - is money and success evil? Augustine, following Paul, says it's not money but the love of money that's the problem....

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Parable of the Good Samaritan

The famous parable of the Good Samaritan shows that mercy and compassion are not always convenient, and that love of neighbor can't be limited to those like us...