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Analyze Your Easter Collection

Analyze Your Easter Collection

After the busyness of Holy Week, it can be difficult to muster to enthusiasm to analyze your Easter collection. But there is a lot to be learned from spending ten minutes with the summary of the offertory from Easter Sunday. This week, set aside some time to look back...
Is That Dirt on Your Forehead?

Is That Dirt on Your Forehead?

Mardi Gras and Lent are fast approaching, and Ash Wednesday kicks things off. Father gets to rub ashes on your forehead and offer the words calling you to repentance. The ashes symbolize repentance, mortality and atonement.  Then Mass is over, and you leave church…and...
What Are You Going to Do About That?

What Are You Going to Do About That?

I have the pleasure of knowing a priest who is the king of empowering his parishioners to improve the local Church. He doesn’t do it through particularly excellent preaching (though he’s good!), and he’s not the most talented administrator of all...
Sunday Reclaimed

Sunday Reclaimed

If there’s one strange benefit to the coronavirus pandemic, it has caused us all to slow down a bit. Many parishioners are still out of work, spending more time at home, or just rethinking their weekly schedule in light of a highly contagious disease. There is...
The Discernment of Spirits

The Discernment of Spirits

The phrase “discernment of spirits” refers to what St. Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Jesuits, calls “the motions of the soul.” These motions are felt by all of us – thoughts, images, feelings, desires, and repulsions that flow...
Rest and Retreat

Rest and Retreat

We’ve been living in a new era of ministry – the coronavirus epoch – since early March of this year. Maybe you’re still energized, learning new skills, and re-shaping your ministry in amazing ways. But maybe you’re just tired. If...