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Flourishing and Growing Luxuriantly

By On March 13, 2018

Flourishing and leafing. It sure sounds like life! There’s something refreshing and very alive about a plant-stalk budding and breaking out into leaves. It may have just been a stem and stalk for quite a while; but then, a few little tender leaves break out of buds, followed, perhaps, by some blossoms appearing. For those with green thumbs – this…

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Applying the Salt Today

By On March 6, 2018

One recent study estimates that 2.3 million people around the world die every year because of too much salt. Research says adults in North America ingest, on average, nearly 4,000 mg of sodium every day. That far exceeds the recommended upper limit of 2,400 mg of salt daily. But really, your daily salt intake is not the primary focus of…

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The Galatian Lists

By On February 27, 2018

Have you ever been excited over seeing your name on a special list – such as a High School Honours List or maybe the Dean’s List at university? Do you think billionaires get excited when their name appears in Forbes annual listing of billionaires? How does an author feel when they see their name on the Best Seller’s List? When…

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Showcasing Amazing Grace

By On February 20, 2018

Most who came through her doors were lacking morally pure intentions. Her dark business was prostitution and her life revolved around this trade. Day after day she sold herself to men who sacrificed their character and jeopardized their reputation for a moment of sinful pleasure. Sheepishly, with guilt, her clients left her house with their heads down, trying not to…

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What’s it Like Being a Priest?

By On February 13, 2018

No, you haven’t even attended, let alone graduated from a seminary. You haven’t done the eight years of study required after high school. You haven’t studied philosophy, nor have you taken courses in dogmatic, moral and pastoral theology. You may know very little about church history or canon law and even less about homiletics. You have never officiated at a…

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Christian, Grow Up!

By On February 6, 2018

Have you ever felt like telling someone: “Give me a break! Don’t be so infantile. Smarten up. Would you please grow up!”  We usually issue such a snarky scolding out of exasperation, in the energy of our wicked flesh. But, really – are you frustrated or annoyed with someone’s behaviour or attitude? Sometimes what we see in others, we fail…

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Man at Disney Advertises His Desperate Plight

By On February 4, 2018

So many significant world events grab the daily headlines – it’s entirely possible for some newsworthy items to fall between the cracks and be missed completely. Other happenings surface in our feeds but after a five second glance, we scroll down. If we knew the plight of a 60-year-old, single father from Lawrenceville, N.J., our eyes would be riveted on…

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The Storm Calmer

By On January 30, 2018

Have you heard of storm-chasers? They are people who travel thousands of kilometers hoping to witness a bad storm. The thrill of their life is to see a violent weather storm. Hurricanes, lightening storms, and even hailstorms are exciting for them; but the most thrilling storm of all is the destructive tornado. It is every storm-chaser’s dream. Storm-chasers will camp-out…

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Loneliness in Secular Society

By On January 27, 2018

Over the last decade, the problem of loneliness has frequently been covered in the news. Counselors and psychiatrists confirm the problem is intensifying. Political leaders are responding. On January 17, 2018, British Prime Minister Theresa May announced the creation of a new cabinet role in her government – a Minister of Loneliness. “May stated, “For far too many people, loneliness is…

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On the Platter!

By On January 23, 2018

Have you ever caved into pressure and acted against your better judgment? You didn’t expect to actually do it or go there or get involved; but, in the heat of the moment, you gave in.  Now you have regrets and a bad conscience! Even though you didn’t deliberately set clear boundaries for yourself, you figured you’d be able to handle…