Share the Blessing

11-26-2017Catholic ThoughtsDavid Lins

In American culture, this is the week of the year where we are “scheduled” to be grateful for all we have been given. We take stock and stop to savor our tremendous blessings.

That is fantastic! Gratitude is vital to the life of a saint. But then what? There has to be more than stuffing a turkey - and ourselves - before passing out in tryptophan coma.

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An Honored Guest is Coming Soon!

11-19-2017Catholic ThoughtsDavid Lins

The Christmas shopping season is upon us with less than forty days until Christmas. Many people are putting up their lights. Even more have begun to browse Amazon for the perfect gift. Others have picked the perfect day to decorate a tree. A few are strategically placing mistletoe. Still, others might have entered into negotiations about how much time will be spent with each extended family.

Whatever your situation might be, there is no denying that Christmas is coming once again and certain things must be done to get ready.

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We Are a People of Hope

11-12-2017Catholic ThoughtsDavid Lins

This weekend’s second reading comes to us from First Thessalonians. Within it, the hope comes right from the start: “We do not want you to be unaware, brothers and sisters, about those who have fallen asleep, so that you may not grieve like the rest, who have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose, so too will God, through Jesus, bring with him those who have fallen asleep.”

We who believe do not grieve like the rest.

When my dad died about ten years ago, it was incredibly difficult. I cried. I hurt. I barely made it through the eulogy I was asked to give. Yet, I understood my hurt directly correlated to the incredible gift I was given by God, but for a time.

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We Must Focus on Pleasing the Lord

11-05-2017Catholic ThoughtsDavid Lins

Often, this column tackles the Gospel that you just heard in the previous Sunday liturgy. Sometimes, I might feel compelled to tackle a specific topic that relates to our daily spiritual lives, and occasionally it attempts to explain a particular aspect of the Catholic Faith. This week, we’ll get into a touchy part of the Gospel that is a mix of the three: “Call no man father but your Heavenly Father.”

As a result of this passage, some of our Christian brethren of other denominations believe that every ime we say “Father Jess,” we are directly disobeying God.

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