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The Power of Tradition and Sacred Scripture

There are many non-binding disciplinary, liturgical (meaning ceremonial), and/or devotional traditions that arose in the local churches over time. Those are “small t” traditions that can and often do change with time or circumstance. “Big T” Tradition is distinguished from various theological, disciplinary, liturgical, or devotional traditions, born in the local churches over time.
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Martha's Works and Mary's Faith

Lots of ordinary Catholics feel guilty stepping out of the rat race to pray. They often feel as though seeking the peace and guidance of God in prayer is somehow selfindulgent.
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Wrestling with God

Image: flickr. Can you imagine being startled out of sleep in the middle of the deep darkness of a desert night in a full on grappling match with God? In the Old Testament we see the story of Jacob awaking to find himself in that very situation. He woke in the middle of the night—and the middle of the desert—and found he was not alone. Genesis 32:24 tells us that he “wrestled with him until daybreak.” As jujitsu fighters refer to it, he was “rolling” on the desert dirt and being slammed up against car-size rocks. This was the longest mixed martial arts fight in history, with no timeouts and no referee to stop the fight.
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5 Reasons Your Prayer Time Matters to the Church

  We all know it is important to pray. Asked, we would certainly acknowledge that our prayer life is important. And we would likely assent to any addendum that reading Scripture should be key to any healthy personal prayer life. But far too often, when we sit on our own with our Bibles in our laps in the early morning light, or attempt to grab 15 minutes of quiet during nap time, it can seem we are praying in isolation.
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A World of Illiteracy

Image: Micah Hallahan. What God writes in the skies, the oceans, the wind, and the rain provides a glimpse of his purpose for our lives, rooted in his incomparably generous love. Since we are made in his image, this love gives meaning to our lives, so it makes sense to be on the lookout for signs of his presence in the world around us. In fact, recent scientific discoveries point resolutely to the existence of our Creator, revealing all the structures of the universe’s intelligent design by a “someone” with a purpose and a plan.
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Follow in the Footprints of Jesus

Image: Alex Wong | killerfaith | via unsplash. The very first phrase in the Franciscan Rule reads, "The Rule and life of the Friars Minor is this, namely, to observe the holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ." Discover Christ in the Gospels and all of Scripture and in a prayerful way get deeper and deeper into his mind and heart, and then you can, as Francis liked to say, "follow the footprints of our Lord Jesus Christ." 
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When Silence is Music

Today's blog is by Diane Houdek and is taken from her book The Joy of Advent: Daily Reflections from Pope Francis. Image: Gui Vicente. A Word from Pope Francis How does the Lord speak to us? Perhaps it might seem strange to hear the great God say: “I, the Lord your God, hold your right hand; it is I who say to you, ‘Fear not, I will help you’” (v. 13). He is just like a father who runs to his child’s side at night when he has had a bad dream and says to him: “Don’t be afraid! I’m here right beside you.”
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Traveling in Good Company with Joan Chittister

Our guest blogger today is Sharon Cross. Employed at Franciscan Media since 1997, Sharon’s current role as a project manager with the Emerging Media team alternates between producing audio books, managing the Catholic Greetings e-card website, and overseeing Franciscan Media’s online and over-the-air audio features. Times change, technology and circumstances change, but the essence of what makes people human remains the same. This was never clearer to me than when I listened to renowned author Joan Chittister read from her book In God’s Holy Light: Wisdom From the Desert Monastics. Joan drew on an aspect of her heritage as a Benedictine sister to introduce modern men and women to the writings of monks and nuns who have influenced monastic communities for centuries.
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All Things New: Taking Stock and Moving Forward

When I review my own life, I vividly recall periods that seemed like a lot of senseless struggle at the time, but which God later used for his own sweet purposes. As a young actress, I experienced what a lot of naive and desperate “wannabes” discover, as they struggle to make their way in the world of showbiz: moments of glory flecked into oceans of disappointment and failure. I spent many years failing to build an acting career that would pay my bills and grant me some standing in the artistic community.
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Are We Better Catechists & Evangelists as We Age?

The short answer is "it depends." But for prayerful Catholics who persevere in cultivating a relationship with God, over time, the answer is a resounding YES. First, the most radiant witness is someone in love with God. That soul connection with Christ magnetizes our personalities and fast-tracks our growth in virtue. As our souls are increasingly conformed to Christ, our ability to lead, nurture, and inspire the faith of others explodes. And in a critical sense, this empowerment all comes down to obedience.
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