We Are Called to Build One Another Up With Our Words

03-26-2017Catholic ThoughtsDavid Lins

Have you ever walked by a room and the voices suddenly dropped to a hush? Have you ever found yourself talking to someone, only to drop your voice to a hush as soon as someone else approached?

I once had a rather blunt spiritual director who liked to ask me if I was living like a cockroach. The rather grotesque nature of the ques!on was by design. The insects are quite nasty and tend to scatter when lights are suddenly turned on. No one sets out to be like a cockroach. So why do we begin resembling them?

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The Choice to Become a Saint or a Critic is Ours to Make

03-19-2017Catholic ThoughtsDavid Lins

This Sunday, we are reminded of Moses leading the people out of Egypt. The people are frustrated and complaining that it isn’t turning out like they had hoped. Exasperated, Moses finally cries out to the Lord, "What shall I do with this people? A little more and they will stone me!"

I often wonder how many parish pastors have prayed a similar prayer. "What shall I do with this people? A little more and they will stone me!"

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You Are Called to Be a Saint

03-12-2017Catholic ThoughtsDavid Lins

There are key moments in each of our lives. Pivotal moments where we feel as though we were made for something more. Crucial moments when we feel like we can be something greater. These tipping points can send us in one of three different directions. Discouragement, destruction, or sainthood.

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What is Temptation?

03-07-2017Pastor LetterFr. Jess Ty

Temptation is not a sin. It will only become sin when we act on it. It is like an inclination to like or do certain things that appear to be good but in truth are harmful to us. We may be inclined to eat half pound of steak, but we don’t do it, so we are more healthy and free. Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI said: “At the heart of all temptations is the act of pushing God aside because we perceive him as secondary.”

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To Everything, There is a Season

03-05-2017Catholic ThoughtsDavid Lins

To everything, there is a season. (Ecclesiastes 3:1)

One of the most difficult things in the world is to build something from the ground up, see great success, move on to a new project and see what you’ve left behind crumble. This was one of the hardest aspects of my youth ministry career.

This struggle applies to much more than just youth ministry.

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