How Can We Receive the Grace to Love Each Other?

Do you see what these months without the Eucharist have done to us?

The Eucharist is our strength, the center of our lives. It is the source and summit of our Faith.

The Eucharist is self-sacrificing love. It is Jesus, entirely given: Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity, out of love for us.

When he saw sin, what did he do? Did he attack, vilify, cut down?

No, he stretched out his hands and healed, forgave. He stretched out his arms and suffered and died. He humbly allowed himself to be beaten, mocked, and tortured by the very ones who hurt him, the ones he loved with an infinite, self-sacrificing love.

He gave of himself.

And thus he won their hearts.

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Is God Calling You to Help the Least of These?

I want to tell you about a mission in Haiti that holds a special place in my heart.

My husband and I absolutely love this mission and have have been supporting it for the last 10 years.

Haiti180 is a grassroots organization that is truly changing the lives of many Haitians. And the lives of those of us here in the US who support and fund this mission are so blessed when we share our hearts and resources with them.

But here’s the thing.

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31 Printable and DIY Easter Basket Ideas for Quarantined Catholics

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When I was a kid, one of the great joys of Easter morning was waking up to a basket of goodies after our 40 day long Lenten Fast.

My grammy was our Easter bunny, and she always went overboard. Mountains of candy, small gifts, and way too much of Easter grass; pinatas, egg hunts, and always a ham.

As I grew older, my mom continued the Easter basket tradition with us as “big kids.” Only, instead of baskets, she swapped over to Easter paper bags.

They were smaller. They were simpler.

And believe it or not, I loved them even more than our beloved baskets.

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Jesus is Calling You Out of the Grave

I always get irritated when I read the Gospel story about Jesus raising Lazarus from the dead. (John 11:1-45). Mary and Martha sent word to Jesus, they let him know his friend was sick. And yet, Jesus didn’t come.

Jesus allowed Lazarus to die. And then, two days too late, Jesus decided to mosey on in.

Too late, Jesus.

You should have been here days ago.

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Seek Christ Crucified. Find Christ Resurrected.

I woke up and got dressed in my Sunday Best, to watch Mass on a computer screen in my living room.

Then I looked at my calendar and realized: It’s Laetare Sunday.

It’s time to rejoice.

I decided to change into a pink dress for Laetare Sunday. And as I changed, I thought:

It sure is a strange time for rejoicing.

We’re in the middle of the Coronavirus pandemic… our state has shut down… we’re quarantined inside our house, our daily routines are completely disrupted… and we are called to rejoice.

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