Side by Side – Day 29 “Abba”

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I believe that there are certain words we use that call us into a deeper level of spirituality. One of those words is the name Jesus utters for His father in heaven, “Abba.” Author Brennan Manning wrote, “My identity as Abba’s child is not an abstraction or a tap dance into religiosity. It is the core truth of my existence.” …

Side by Side – Day 24 “Crazy Little Thing Called Love”

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Love makes us do crazy things doesn’t it? Especially if it is pure. We all have the ability to witness those in relationships who have lived their vocation to love in good times and in bad, in sickness and in health, with death being the only thing to make them apart. I’m a hopeless romantic who loves to see the …

Side by Side – Day 23 “Listen to Me”

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The quote from the philosopher Epicetus tells us, ‘We have two ears and one mouth so that we can listen twice as much as we speak.” Isn’t that the truth? Our words can often get us into trouble, not because we say bad things, but because we keep talking when we should be listening. God asks us to simply listen for His voice… …

Side by Side – Day 21 “Scripture”

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I spent a lot of my early years being told what I should believe. I have to say, it wasn’t fair that people allowed me to think that is how a relationship with our Lord works. You must make an effort in your day to live in His word. It fills you in ways with grace that you cannot even …

Side by Side – Day 20 “Blessed Mother”

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Some denominations of Christianity hold a very negative view of the Catholic recognition of Mary as the mother of God (Christ in His humanness). I don’t understand that. Mary was the first disciple, the first one to answer the call to follow Christ by her “Yes” to bring Him into the world. She was also the ultimate mother. Doesn’t every …

Side by Side – Day 15 “Servant Leadership”

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What makes a good leader? Our entire Lenten journey has us reflecting on Jesus who led twelve men, with different professions, into ministry to carry on the same church we celebrate thousands of years later. Jesus Christ came down from Heaven as a human being to humble himself to share in our humanity. Never asking us to do anything that …

Side by Side Day 14 “Man of Few Words”

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Strength, courage, obedience, faithfulness, and leadership are all qualities we admire in others. Joseph, husband of Mary Our Blessed Mother, possessed all these things. Yet, he doesn’t say one word in all of scripture where he is mentioned. It’s his quiet nature to give all of himself for the will of God that makes us want to live like him. …