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God Is Mysterious, Naturally

Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Today is the memorial of Albert Magnus, known as Albert the Great, Bishop, Doctor of the Church.

Albert was known for his vast knowledge in all areas of learning. He was Saint Thomas Aquinas’ tutor, a man skilled in all the sciences of his age. Albert did not fear science; for him there was no contradiction between what he learned about the natural world through scientific observation and what he believed as a person of faith. People of mature faith have nothing to Read the rest of this entry »

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Trust your calling

Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Monday, November 13, 2017

The Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart, the religious institute founded by the first U.S. citizen saint Frances Cabrini (1850-1917), say that it is not what Mother Cabrini accomplished or how far she traveled that Read the rest of this entry »

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Attention!

Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Sunday, November 12, 2017

A consistent theme of these weeks leading to Advent is akin to the motto of the U.S. Coast Guard: Semper paratus: “Always ready.” For what? The military remains ready for threats or disasters like a tornado or flood, but Read the rest of this entry »

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Seek Wisely

Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Friday, November 10, 2017

Jesus tells us that the kingdom of God is among or, in an equally valid translation of the Greek, within us. But how do we recognize the Kingdom that is among and within us? What do we look for? Solomon suggests a very good place for us to start, with his poetic words of praise for wisdom in the first reading. Where we find wisdom, we find the presence of God — within us and among us. Cultivate Read the rest of this entry »

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Come On In

Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Thursday, November 9, 2017

Finding God in the marketplace is very difficult for most of us because we are easily distracted by the mundane or profane (from the Latin meaning “outside the temple”). A sacred place, like anything sacred, is something set apart or different from what is normal for us. When we Read the rest of this entry »

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RSVP

Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Tuesday, November 7, 2017

In the gospel parable of the great feast, many are invited, but one by one each declines the invitation. Sometimes saying “yes” feels too much like hard work. We’ve got so many other things to do! But are we really too busy? Maybe we just don’t Read the rest of this entry »

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Pay It Forward

Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Monday, November 6, 2017

The idea of repaying a favor or someone’s generosity by doing the same for a third party has been around a long time. In fact it’s at the core of Jesus’ radical challenge to love without condition, because Read the rest of this entry »

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Follow The Law Of Love

Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Sunday, November 5, 2017

We know the Pharisees were arch-villains in the gospels, but it’s surprising that these enemies of Jesus actually had some things in common with him. Both wanted to Read the rest of this entry »

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Shaping Up Is An Ongoing Process

Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Saturday, November 4, 2017

St. Charles Borromeo 1538-84 Administering The Sacrament To Plague Victims In Milan In 1576, Oil wood print, by Pierre Mignard (1612-95), a French painter known for his religious and mythological scenes and portraits.

Saint Charles Borromeo (1538-1584) was an instrument of the Holy Spirit in helping to keep the church on course through needed reforms in the 16th century. Had he been a participant in the Second Vatican Council rather than the Council of Trent, he may have Read the rest of this entry »

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Look Deeply For Dignity

Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Friday, November 3, 2017

Saint Martin de Porres (1579-1639) was a barbershop surgeon when he joined a Dominican monastery at age 15. Soon his success with medicinal herbs and miraculous healings earned him great fame as a healer. But Martin was famous for tending to small things, too. Once, he solved the monastery’s pest problem by Read the rest of this entry »

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At The Hour Of Our Death

Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Thursday, November 2, 2017

A few years ago a church document had this to say about death: “Death, while starkly real and total, is the vehicle of that final offering of self which calls for the supreme act of faith in the Lord of Life.” Yes, death is Read the rest of this entry »

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Break some bread today

Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Baking bread requires the virtues of patience and attention. It is hard work wrapped in warm smells and a tremendous sense of accomplishment when the job is done. The process seems undeniably Read the rest of this entry »

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Healing Leads To Praise

Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Monday, October 30, 2017

Stop to notice the content of your prayers. According to the early Christian thinker Origen, the noblest form of prayer we can make is Read the rest of this entry »

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Eyes On The Prize

Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Friday, September 29, 2017

According to Saint Augustine, the word angel (from the Greek angelos — “messenger”) is basically a job description — that is, angels serve as messengers of God’s purposes. They are reliable, says Jesus, because they “always behold the face of my father in heaven.” We can trust such messengers because they do not lose sight of God. Today we celebrate the feast of three archangels — Michael, who spoke regularly to the prophets; Gabriel, who announced the births of John the Baptist and Jesus; and Raphael, whose name means “God has healed.” Let’s learn from them to keep our eyes on God.

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There’s always more to be done

Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Wednesday, September 27, 2017

 Toward the end of his life, Vincent de Paul (1580-1660) sat with one of his many wealthy patronesses, who recounted all the good works of charity he had initiated and supervised throughout his priesthood. She asked him what else he could possibly hope to do. “More,” he replied benignly. His relentless enthusiasm for the relief of human suffering was infectious and led to the founding of the society that bears his name by layman Frederic Ozanam two centuries later. In his name—and through your generosity—the St. Vincent de Paul Society continues to do “more.”

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Women Belong In The Picture

Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Friday, September 22, 2017

Women, as today’s gospel (Luke 8:1-3) makes clear, accompanied Jesus in his ministry. They left their families to follow Him and offered financial support for His mission. They stood by Him at the cross, and all four gospels place women at the tomb when the resurrected Christ is revealed. As scripture scholar Elizabeth Johnson points out in her groundbreaking book Consider Jesus: Waves of Renewal in Christology, “Jesus Christ Read the rest of this entry »

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Please Be Seated

Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Thursday, September 21, 2017

The names of the apostles are integral to our story of faith, but in truth, we know very little about many of them. Bits of information from the gospels and Acts of the Apostles do allow a glimpse of their lives in the first Christian community. The rest we can only prayerfully imagine. We know that Read the rest of this entry »

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Stretching Exercises

Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Exercise physiology experts tell us that our physical bodies should be “warmed up” before engaging in any type of exercise – that we should gently stretch our muscles before beginning any exercise routine or competitive event. It’s not uncommon to see athletes “warming up” before games, and baseball pitchers in the “bull pen,” and football players on the sidelines will stretch and move about to get their muscles accustomed to the rigorous vigor of competition. Similarly, being an example of Read the rest of this entry »

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Share The Wealth

Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Monday, September 18, 2017

Healing the Centurion’s servant, by Paolo Veronese, 16th century

 Like the centurion who came to Jesus for a healing, we’re aware that we fall short of having “earned” the great gift of the presence of Jesus “under our roof” or in our lives. But Jesus chooses to dwell with us, imperfect as we are. As Pope Francis says in Misericordiae Vultus, our salvation depends on mercy. Mercy is the “ultimate and supreme act by which God comes to meet us.” Mercy is the “bridge that connects God and man, opening our hearts to the hope of being loved forever despite our sinfulness.” A daily awareness of our own “unearned rewards” helps us to share our spiritual wealth with others. Do I hear an amen?

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Emotional Suicide, Anyone?

Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Sunday, September 17, 2017

 We are told in today’s reading (Matthew 18:21-35) that the unforgiving servant will be “tortured” for failing to forgive another, after having been forgiven himself. Because a parable is a symbolic way of talking about a profound truth, we can take the word tortured metaphorically and ask, “In what way are we ‘tortured’ when we fail to forgive?” Failing to forgive makes us hostage to our hurt. Unable to move on, we become captives, prisoners to our own resentment. Unwilling to accept the imperfections of others, we can become Read the rest of this entry »

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