Enjoy Your Brand New Day!

The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases, his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is thy faithfulness. —Lamentations 3:22-23 My fiancé is known in certain circles as Brand New Day Francis. That’s because he is always reminding people that God gave them a brand new day. “No one […]

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Growing in God’s Garden

A few weeks ago while completing renovations on our older home, my fiancé planted cucumber, tomato, and okra seeds in a couple of flowerbeds in our front yard. We continued watering our small garden, having faith that God would do the rest. When we finally moved in a few days ago, yellow flowers started appearing […]

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Be a Messenger of Joy

What came to be through him was life, and this life was the light of the human race; the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. John 1:4-5 Jesus is the light that came into the world, and in him, there is no darkness at all. All we have to do […]

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Somebody’s Knocking At Your Door

When I went to Mass yesterday morning, our priest asked for a show of hands from everyone who felt they were all prepared for Christmas. I raised my hand. Then he led everyone in prayer, suggesting that everyone spend a few moments of quiet time to ask the Holy Spirit to reveal to us if […]

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Here I Am, I’ve Come to Do Your Will

Today is the fourth and final Sunday of Advent, and in two days, we will celebrate the arrival of our Savior here on earth. God in the flesh came to us 2,018 years ago—to save us from our sins. That is the Good News! It is easy to think of Advent as a brief time […]

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Jesus Loves YOU!

This morning, I got up early again and wrote a couple of daily scriptural guides for Liturgical Press on God’s mercy. Right after I put the period on the last sentence, I received a random direct message from a priest based in Rome who I follow on Twitter. I have never heard from him directly […]

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In the Belly of the Whale

After a restless few hours of tossing and turning, I finally decided to give up on sleep at 3 a.m. this morning and take advantage of the time to work on a new writing assignment. God had a lot to share with me this morning about the Scripture readings I was asked to meditate on […]

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The Simplest Prayer

But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait with endurance. In the same way, the Spirit too comes to the aid of our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but the Spirit itself intercedes with inexpressible groanings. Romans 8:26 Have you ever wanted to talk […]

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A Miraculous Family Tree

And the Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us, and we saw his glory, the glory as of the Father’s only Son, full of grace and truth. John 1:14 Out of all the readings in Advent, the genealogy of Jesus is one that many people find a little boring. Some question why we bother reading it at […]

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