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Pray Where You Are and Be As God Made You

And he gave some as apostles, others as prophets, others as evangelists, others as pastors and teachers to equip the holy ones for the work of ministry, building up the body of Christ. (Ephesians 4:11–12) Saint John Paul II was fond of reminding the various groups of people to whom he spoke, “Be who you are!” Young people, married couples, consecrated men and women throughout the world heard this important reminder. I first heard him speak these words at World Youth Day in Denver in 1993. It was an exciting time, one of great hope and promise, and his words struck at the heart of what so many of us too easily forget. 
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The Beatitude Attitude

The Beatitudes. Doesn’t it just make you smile to say that out loud, to think of Jesus going up that mountain, sitting down, and then speaking those beautiful words? The challenge is that to Jesus and therefore to us, the Beatitudes are more than words. They are a way to follow him. They lay out an exceedingly difficult road map to live. Be meek? Me? Be a peacemaker? Me? Find something positive in mourning? Me? Yes, you. And all of us.
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Aging or Maturing? Faith in Transition

It's amazing how little I retained from my parochial school experience. I remember random things like the name of my half-blind bus driver, the toddler-friendly height of urinals, the aura of power of the crossing guard’s bright orange sash, and the nun who taught me how painful sarcasm could be.
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Letting Go and Shedding Layers of Myself

On a trip from the United States to Innsbruck, Austria, an ordinary experience exposed one of my patterns and gave me great insight into how I was living my life.
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The Influence of Henri Nouwen

Recently, reading Henri Nouwen: His Life and Spirit, by Kevin Burns, I recalled how Henri Nouwen (1932-1996) impacted my life and spiritual development with his writings, most particularly by his idea of a what he called a “wounded healer.” As a young Franciscan friar in the early 1970s, I was finding my way in life and in ministry. That was when I first encountered Nouwen’s work in pastoral psychology. What impressed me were his insights into human frailty and suffering. Nouwen believed that all personal problems, with their suffering and joy, could become a way for finding a greater awareness of how God works in the human spirit and, thus, a path to effective ministry. Let me explain by way of a personal illustration.
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How to Cope with a Crisis

Image: Pompei. The ground beneath the city of Pompeii began to heave days before a crisis erupted that threatened the lives of all who lived there and in the surrounding towns. At first, residents of the Roman city did not worry. Earthquakes were a common occurrence. Life went on. Maybe a few people looked up and out, toward Mt. Vesuvius, visible in the distance. But people did not seem to connect the tremors with a possible eruption – at least not at first.
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Why I'm Still Catholic

Image: Daniel Kainz. It was an honest question. After listening to me recount all my frustrations with the Catholic Church one night after dinner, my sister-in-law, who is not Catholic, asked me very honestly, “So then why do you stay?” The question stopped me in my tracks. At first I bristled a little at the question, feeling a bit defensive. But then it occurred to me that I really didn’t know how to answer her.
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Feast of the Holy Family

Image: Giorgio Vasari and Andrea del Sarto. A Word from Pope Francis The message that comes from the Holy Family is first of all a message of faith. In the family life of Mary and Joseph, God is truly at the center, and He is so in the Person of Jesus. This is why the Family of Nazareth is holy. Why? Because it is centered on Jesus. When parents and children together breathe in this climate of faith, they have an energy that allows them to face even difficult trials, as the experience of the Holy Family shows, for example, in the dramatic event of their flight to Egypt: a difficult ordeal.
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Thanksgiving Day

“What are you thankful for?” That question triggers reflection on this national holiday. I allow events of the past to run through my mind and I invite you to do the same.
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Inspiration for Authentically Beautiful Women

Today’s article is the 4th in a series. In this one we’ve turned the tables on author Lisa Mladnich to ask her which resources she's found most powerful in her own spiritual journey. Lisa’s response is a nice list of books, apps and online resources. Growing in authentic beauty is a life-long process, which is why mature women have an edge! Persevering over time, the intimate connection with Christ in our souls deepens, increasing our authentic beauty and making it more impactful in the world.
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