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Grace and the Grace of God that was extended

by Kathleen Wegner In 2018, I first met Grace, who arrived to the U.S. on a student visa but could no longer afford university tuition. She was also expecting a child with her boyfriend. Grace reached out to Gabriel Network for help at St. Ignatius for help. Grace is a

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The Parable of the Two Sons – Matthew 21:28-32

by Dr. Paul Ellis From time to time people ask me to write about the parables of Jesus. This is something I enjoy doing because I love the parables. The parables of Jesus are launch pads to revelation and if we have ears to hear they reveal the wisdom of God.

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70 x 7…Huh?

by David Ewart at www.holytextures.com Read the passage at the bottom of this post: Matthew 18:21-35, The Message   or   Matthew 18:21-35, The New Revised Standard Version (NRSV). The previous passage, Matthew 18:15-20, outlines a detailed process for resolving conflicts WITHIN the community. At a minimum this should give us a heads up that there will be

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Awaking from a 35 Year Nightmare

By Patrick Govan Imagine having a nightmare that felt like it would never end, but upon awakening, you realized it only lasted with the passing of the night. Nevertheless, in that moment it felt like a lifetime had gone by. I awakened from my nightmare on February 28, 2023. That nightmare,

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Why He Walked on Water

By James Laurence Early in the morning [Jesus] came walking toward them on the sea. But when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were terrified, saying, “It is a ghost!” And they cried out in fear. But immediately Jesus spoke to them and said, “Take heart, it is I;

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Lessons on the Temptations of Jesus

Before Jesus’ public ministry began, He was baptized by John the Baptist and then underwent an intense time of temptation in the wilderness. These temptations teach us about Jesus, our advisory, and the nature of seduction. The three synoptic Gospels (Matthew, Mark, and Luke) tell us about Jesus’ temptation, but it’s interesting which points

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What Does Matthew 5:17 Mean?

by Drew Hunter “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them.”—Matthew 5:17 Abolish vs. Fulfill Jesus summarized his relationship to the Old Testament with this surprising statement in the Sermon on the Mount:

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Salt and Light

By Peter Amsterdam Jesus opened the Sermon on the Mount with the Beatitudes, which provide an overview of how He intends for those who follow Him to live their faith. Throughout the rest of the Sermon, He expressed further and more detailed principles which build on the Beatitudes. One of

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The Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Blood transports oxygen, it returns carbon dioxide as well as cleansing and nurturing the body with food and hormones. Some faint at the sight of it. We think of all the blood spilled in the world today and pray for peace. Christ’s blood was necessary. But our brothers and sisters

The Thirteenth Week in Ordinary Time 

Every time I assisted pilgrimages to the Holy Land, we stopped in Magdala. It is the site of a memorial church built recently to Women of the Gospels. You walk into the church and a dome is held up by seven pillars with women’s names on them. These are heroines

The Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Blood transports oxygen, it returns carbon dioxide as well as cleansing and nurturing the body with food and hormones. Some faint at the sight of it. We think of all the blood spilled in the world today and pray for peace. Christ’s blood was necessary. But our brothers and sisters

The Thirteenth Week in Ordinary Time 

Every time I assisted pilgrimages to the Holy Land, we stopped in Magdala. It is the site of a memorial church built recently to Women of the Gospels. You walk into the church and a dome is held up by seven pillars with women’s names on them. These are heroines

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