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Are you Carrying a Heavy Cross? (Podcast, OGW, 055)

I want to mention briefly, two things as a follow-up to my post yesterday, and then I will move on to my podcast content.
First, this excerpt from today’s first reading from Deuteronomy Chapter 30 is often quoted in regards to being pro-life:
“I have set before you life and death,
the blessing and the curse.
Choose life.”
In this passage, we hear Moses telling the people not to turn their hearts away from God nor be led astray and ignore God and his commandments.It is a good passage to reflect on as we begin this holy season of Lent.
Secondly, I just want to provide a link to a statement from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops in regards to the news this week.It is always wise to pay attention to what our bishops say.
Okay, on to my podcast, which can be found at
Do you feel like you are bearing a cross that is simply too heavy to bear?
Are you wondering where you can find some relief?
I have a little story for you that I think goes well with …

Oh the Politics of it all

'Jesus, mercy! Mary, help!' Sunday Reflections, 1st Sunday of Lent, Year A

The Temptation of Christ Juan de Flandes [Web Gallery of Art]

Readings(New American Bible: Philippines, USA)
Readings(Jerusalem Bible: Australia, England & Wales, India [optional], Ireland, New Zealand, Pakistan, Scotland, South Africa)
Gospel Matthew 4:1-11 (New Revised Standard Version, Anglicised Catholic Edition, Canada)
Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. He fasted for forty days and forty nights, and afterwards he was famished. The tempter came and said to him, ‘If you are the Son of God, command these stones to become loaves of bread.’ But he answered, ‘It is written, “One does not live by bread alone,but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.”’ Then the devil took him to the holy city and placed him on the pinnacle of the temple, saying to him, ‘If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down; for it is written, “He will command his angels concerning you”,and “On their hands they will bear you up,
so that you will not dash you…

Ash Wednesday and Lent Begins!

Wow! How time flies! It seems like it was Christmas, just yesterday. Today, we approach the solemn season of Lent. Throughout Lent, we engage in fasting, prayer and almsgiving. Why? Well, let’s start with Ash Wednesday. Ash Wednesday On Ash Wednesday, we take the blessed palms received from the last Palm Sunday and we bring them back to our Church for burning. Once burned into blessed ashes, the priest, or designee, applies the blessed ashes on our foreheads, stating, “Ashes to ashes, dust to dust, and unto dust you shall return.”  These ashes mark us as followers of Christ, for all to see. If you are Catholic, and have received ashes in the past, you know what I mean. Every Ash Wednesday, I always get questions about the smudge on my forehead. With that smudge, I witness to the world that, in my humanity, I am a sinner in need of forgiveness. The dirt on my forehead symbolizes the look of my soul. It also reminds me that I came from the dust/dirt of the earth (like Adam), and that’s …

Am I in Danger?

Apparently I am in danger of being arrested or having my social security card stopped if I am to believe any of the phone calls I have been receiving lately.It seems that I am one breath away from going to jail.The intimidating voice on the other end of the phone (which I never answer) is terrifying as it delivers the threat to my freedom.
Where do these terrible calls come from?
Awhile back I read a Reader’s Digest article about a guy named Ben Taylor (from Utah) who was contacted through Facebook by a guy he assumed was a scammer.He decided he would drill down on the details of the guy who contacted him—something I would never recommend, of course.
But he was curious, so he continued to message this guy from Liberia, West Africa (Joel Willie). Even though he was skeptical, he kept getting deeper and deeper into corresponding with this guy.
As it turns out, their mutual interest in photography led to Taylor sending Willie a cheap camera and eventually creating two books from photos …

Jesus "so grand"