Holy Days and Holidays

Adopted Children of God

I was 8 years old. Our family of four was sitting at the dinner table. My older brother Mike was 10. As my mom passed the meat and potatoes she nonchalantly stated, “By the way boys, you are adopted.” That was how we found out. It was to become the subject that was almost never…

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Maranatha

No, today’s message is not a crash course in Aramaic; however, it might be a good idea for each of us to become just a little more familiar with the word Maranatha. This past Sunday marked the first Sunday in Advent. For many Christians, this marks the beginning of a new liturgical year. New Year’s…

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Freedom Is A Paradox

Here in the United States no other holiday causes us to reflect on FREEDOM more so than the 4th of July.  What follows are two definitions from the Encarta Dictionary for the word FREEDOM. Read them carefully. These definitions have vastly different implications. release or rescue from being physically bound, or from being confined, enslaved,…

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Easter At The IMAX Theater

Imagine for a moment that you have suddenly died. In an instant you appear in the largest IMAX Theater you have ever seen. You are seated in the best seat in the center of the theater. The screen is multiple football fields wide and several hundred feet high. At first you are seated alone.  As…

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One Will Betray Me

In John 13:21-33, we read that while Jesus was reclining at the table during His last supper, He was deeply troubled. Why was He troubled? Jesus was aware of the events about to unfold. He anticipated the coming agony. Growing up in a Roman territory, Jesus had most likely witnessed the barbaric way in which…

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Lent Is For Lovers

For the first time in 73 years, Ash Wednesday falls on the same day as Valentine’s Day. While this is a rare occurrence, these two days might have much more in common than you may have originally thought. Valentine’s Day is the day set aside for lovers. With Lent beginning on Valentine’s Day, maybe we…

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It’s Time To Shake Things Up

Benjamin Franklin is credited with the quote: “Some people die when they are 25 and aren’t buried until they are 75.” I would like to build upon his quote by adding a quote of my own: “Sometimes our faith dies years before we do.”  January 1st is often the day when people plan to shake…

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Prepare the Way

This past summer my wife and I visited our home town in northern Ohio. We spent the better part of one day walking through a cemetery where my parents and my wife’s parents are buried. In fact, because we grew up in this small town, we recognized many of the family names on the headstones.…

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The Ideal Christmas List

Preparation for Christmas seems to be a time of list making. We prepare lists of what we want to give to others and of course we have our list of what we would love to receive. Today I have a suggestion for something we should all want to have on our Christmas list. Please read…

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MEA CULPA, MEA CULPA, MEA MAXIMA CULPA

Growing up as a Catholic and being an altar server prior to changes of Vatican II, I learned my prayers in Latin. One of those prayers was the Confiteor. Within that prayer are these words: “mea culpa, mea culpa, mea maxima culpa.” When I prayed these words I was attesting to my own sinfulness. It…

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