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Love Is Bigger Than Hurt

Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Friday, July 13, 2018

Joseph had it tough as the second youngest in a family of 12 brothers. Picked on and hated because he was his dad Jacob’s favorite, Joseph ended up sold into slavery by his brothers. After many years of separation from his family, he again met his brothers, only this time the tables were turned: Joseph was in a position of power, and his brothers were the vulnerable ones. It wouldn’t have taken much for Joseph to Read the rest of this entry »

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From Pain to Gain

Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Thursday, July 5, 2018

“What a life of bitterness I am leading,” said Saint Elizabeth of Portugal (1271-1336). “On whom but God can I depend?” Those anguished words came from a woman who, aged 12 was Read the rest of this entry »

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The Mother Of All Role Models

Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Saint Cyril of Alexandria (c. 374-444) was a scholar, writer and bishop who promoted the use of the title Theotokos (“God-bearer”) for Read the rest of this entry »

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You Are The Salt Of The Earth

Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Salt is such an ordinary, inexpensive, and easily found substance in most cases nowadays that you can fail to fully grasp the profound meaning of Jesus’ famous metaphor. Consider these facts about salt: While it was once known as “white gold,” salt is necessary for human life. It preserves, purifies, and enhances the flavor of food. It made civilization possible. Wars have been waged over supplies of salt; it has been taxed, hoarded, traded, and Read the rest of this entry »

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Love With No Strings Attached

Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Sunday, June 10, 2018

What would it be like to have an “immaculate heart”? Could it be to have a heart that loved unconditionally? When we are honest about it, much of what we call “love” is actually a sort of quid pro quo, a Read the rest of this entry »

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Is that you?

Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Thursday, June 7, 2018

“That’s me!,” said one 10-year-old insistently to another as they watched an action movie, and chose to be the character who was the most powerful, the most beautiful, or even the goofiest.

A good storyteller knows that listeners need to identify with the characters, but it can be Read the rest of this entry »

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Good News For Hungry Hearts And Minds

Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Christians haven’t always done evangelization well. The Benedictine monk and bishop, Saint Boniface (c. 680-754), had a mixed history in that regard. There are stories about him literally trampling the religious traditions of other cultures but also about him embracing the customs of people and inviting them to see their own lives in light of the gospel. What’s your take on evangelization? Is there a hammer, or the gospel in someone’s hand? Consider the words of Read the rest of this entry »

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Stepping Out For Jesus

Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Saturday, May 26, 2018

Saint Philip Neri (1515-95) must have had a good cobbler, because he sure put a lot of miles on his shoes. He sauntered through Rome, striking up conversations with whomever he met, beggars or bankers, warming hearts as he talked about God. Often, he’d bid them walk and talk with him en route to Read the rest of this entry »

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Do Something Useful

Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Sunday, May 20, 2018

Be honest: Do you think prayer is useful? While we might describe the act of Read the rest of this entry »

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Let Go And Love

Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Monday, May 14, 2018

Jesus’ Last Supper discourses are surely some of the most poignant passages in John’s gospel. You can almost hear the urgency in Jesus’ voice as he exhorts His disciples to carry on and always love one another. Just “love one another.” Three simple words, yet how difficult they are to live at times! Or at least we make them that way. We prefer to hold on to our anger, resentment, or that small slight from this morning. We are entitled to feel the way we do — right? Yet, how much Read the rest of this entry »

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Working In Absentia

Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Henri NouwenMuch has been written about the importance of a “ministry of presence” – of being with people in times of need. Important as presence is, there is also a “ministry of absence,” said noted spirituality author Henri Nouwen. We should never forget that it is Read the rest of this entry »

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Find Your Own Path

Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Friday, April 27, 2018

Modern gurus abound on talk shows and blogs, full of advice about how you should live your life.

Some of their suggestions may be helpful; the best ones are borrowed from Read the rest of this entry »

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Your Turn To Serve

Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Sunday, April 22, 2018

Wise. Brave. Humble. Seekers of the common good above personal ambition. The world can’t get enough good leaders, and the best way to acquire the leaders we need in every aspect of modern life is for all of us to strive to be leaders right where we are. On this 55th World Day of Read the rest of this entry »

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Focus On The Good – In Everyone

Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Just as Mother Teresa had her critics, so also Father Damien was maligned after his death. It was novelist Robert Louis Stevenson, however, who visited the island leper colony where Damien ministered in 1889 and set the record straight. When a Honolulu pastor publicly called Damien a “coarse, dirty man” whose leprosy should be attributed to his “carelessness,” Stevenson rebutted: “You are one of those who have an eye for faults and failures; that you take Read the rest of this entry »

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Fully Love

Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Sunday, April 15, 2018

One thing Jesus never could stomach is a hypocrite. In the stories, He always prefers sincere sinners to religious fakers. It’s easy to slip into the role of a synthetic disciple without even noticing. Our religious routines — prayer, Mass attendance, lip-synched proper responses to moral issues — can go on autopilot. Meanwhile, Read the rest of this entry »

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Whom do you follow?

Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Like Archbishop Óscar Romero of El Salvador in the 20th century and Thomas à Becket of England in the 12th century, Saint Stanislaus (c. 1030-79), according to tradition, was killed in church, in this case while celebrating Mass. Stanislaus’ murderer was Read the rest of this entry »

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Let It Be

Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Monday, April 9, 2018

Mary is the mother of the church and the model of all Christians. At the message of an angel, she believed beyond all reason and offered her life in service of God’s plan. Her response, “let it be,” is the answer of every disciple who trusts in God’s word to make all things new. In the season of Read the rest of this entry »

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Rise Up In Faith

Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Monday, March 26, 2018

Talk about “life-threatening”: Sometimes vitality itself is the threat! Lazarus was looking mighty good for a dead man after Jesus called him out of the tomb. So the religious authorities put Lazarus on their hit list along with Jesus. Next time, Lazarus might stay dead; however, nobody Read the rest of this entry »

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Integrity Is The Best Calling Card

Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Tuesday, March 20, 2018

There are seemingly countless guides on how to write the perfect résumé. Nearly all suggest that you include lots of credentials and personal referrals of influential people. After all, it’s who you know and Read the rest of this entry »

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Bathed In Grace

Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Not long before Jesus heals the sick man at the pool, He encounters the Samaritan woman at the well. The stories have much in common. Neither knew who Jesus was or the power He possessed, but Jesus knew everything about them — and offers to Read the rest of this entry »

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Be The Change

Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Sunday, March 11, 2018

We all suffer from a rash of too much information. Having facts on hand is not equivalent to “getting it,” that is, truly perceiving, and understanding the ramifications of what we know. What are we supposed to do about famine, stranded refugees, and about the many humanitarian crises of our era? What’s to be done about natural disasters, gun violence, global warming, and the neglected and abused children in our own cities? Jesus comes to heal our blindness, and to bring us into the light. Once we see, we are called to do.

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Service Is The Only Security

Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Not even the deepest, fiercest parental love can secure the future of loved ones or keep them from harm. Take Perpetua, a young mother still nursing, and her pregnant servant Felicity, who were Read the rest of this entry »

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Less Is More

Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Saturday, February 24, 2018

The phrase “less is more” catches our attention because at first glance it seems illogical. How can less be more? They’re opposites, and of the two, “more” is often regarded as better. But taken in a different light, the phrase makes good sense. Maybe we Read the rest of this entry »

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Be Fast To Offer Assistance

Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Friday, February 16, 2018

Lent is just getting under way, a good time to carefully consider one of its key traditions: fasting. What can fasting mean in our health-conscious culture? The fasting of Lent is not about Read the rest of this entry »

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Skeptical Of Authority

Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Tuesday, February 13, 2018

As any baker can tell you, a small amount of leaven — yeast — goes a long way, working its effect on a much larger mass of dough. For this reason Read the rest of this entry »

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Time For Trial

Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Monday, February 12, 2018

Everyone experiences difficulties at some point in their lives. No matter how fortunate a person may be, going a lifetime without Read the rest of this entry »

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Deliver Us From Every Evil

Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Sunday, January 28, 2018

Even the best of us harbor within ourselves an unclean spirit or two. “Unclean” simply means not compatible with the holiness of God. This isn’t a condition any of us can afford to be in! Consider the garden variety Read the rest of this entry »

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Be A Living Example

Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Friday, January 26, 2018

Timothy and Titus were companions and coworkers of the apostle Paul. We call them bishops because Read the rest of this entry »

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The Impossible Is Possible

Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Thursday, January 25, 2018

Have you or someone you know ever experienced a conversion? Conversion can take many forms. Someone turns their life around — recovering from an addiction, bouncing back from an illness or a setback and going at life in a whole new way. The amazing thing about Read the rest of this entry »

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Change Is Gonna’ Come

Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Monday, January 22, 2018

Those first disciples called by Jesus “immediately” left everything and followed Him. Often we’re inspired by a Sunday sermon or something we read in the paper or hear on the news. Then we feel the need to change our lives in some way in order to become better people. Yet change is hard when so much holds us in place — our families, our jobs — all our responsibilities. Yet there is always Read the rest of this entry »

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Why did Jesus choose those teammates?

Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Friday, January 19, 2018

When it comes to Christian unity, Jesus points us in an odd direction by his example. When he calls His 12 closest followers, it’s not pretty: Roman collaborators, men smelling of fish, a political agitator, and a thief, among others. Many of these will never distinguish themselves beyond their denial, betrayal, and Read the rest of this entry »

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Touch The Pain

Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Thursday, January 18, 2018

When people are hurting, they seek the healing power of physical touch, just as those who followed Jesus did. Perhaps that is one reason why healing massage is one of the fastest-growing phenomena in our society. We seek to be healed physically, emotionally, and spiritually of what ails us, of that which Read the rest of this entry »

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It’s Your Call

Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Sunday, January 14, 2018

Most of us are leery about accepting calls from unknown sources. In the happy age of Caller ID, it’s as if a virtual butler brings each visitor’s card on a silver tray into our drawing room. We can decline to be “home” to any undesirable contact. Still, people of Read the rest of this entry »

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Take In The Outcast

Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Thursday, January 11, 2018

In the gospel era, lepers were considered rejects of society. According to the law of Moses, they had to announce their presence to everybody within earshot so they could be avoided. Yet, with a simple choice, a word, and a Read the rest of this entry »

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What possessed you?

Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Tuesday, January 9, 2018

It’s worthy to note that the “unclean spirits” in the gospel stories speak in the plural: “What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us?” Why is that? The “possessed” person is Read the rest of this entry »

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Walking Through Darkness

Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Thursday, December 14, 2017

Saint John of the Cross (1542–1591), aka ‘San Juan de la Cruz’ in Spanish, was a Spanish mystic most well known for writing the highly-regarded book “The Dark Night of the Soul,” which explores Read the rest of this entry »

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All At Once

Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Thursday, December 7, 2017

When a dispute arose about who was to be the new bishop of Milan, Ambrose (c. 339-397) stepped in to try to mediate the dispute. Ambrose is also remembered as Read the rest of this entry »

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A Jolly Good Tradition

Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Saint Nicholas Saves Three Innocents from Death (oil painting by Ilya Repin, 1888, State Russian Museum)Saint Nicholas spoke out against heresies and was imprisoned for a time for his Christian beliefs. His faithfulness is exemplary, but charity remains his signature virtue. What started with Nicholas tossing a few bags of coins into a poor family’s yard has been transformed over centuries of retelling, embellishing, grafting, and adapting into the magical tales of Ole Saint Nick (Father Christmas, Santa Claus, Kris Kringle), whose yearly ambition is to deliver gifts to every girl and boy. We may not Read the rest of this entry »

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What Motivates #RoyMoore Supporters?

Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Tuesday, December 5, 2017

I have asked many Roy Moore supporters why they support him.

As far as I can tell, their single unifying thread is that they seem to believe in, and surreptitiously advocate for some type of “theocratic” type government. And as far I can discern, or have observed, many Moore supporters, lack higher education, can neither think logically nor critically, and attempt to Read the rest of this entry »

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