January 4, 2016

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The Visit of a Lifetime: Discerning with the Mother of God

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“You and I, we are so different.” He gazed up at the simple, yet beautiful woman sitting across the table from him, whose aging but still tender, kind face shone with a brilliance like the most magnificent of gems, hidden within a strikingly innocent yet unimposing setting. “You always knew your call. God blessed you like that. […]

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January 2, 2016

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The Long Journey Home: Discerning the Vocational Call

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The day that he came to her was fated to be unlike any other that he had ever known. He was a good soul, that young man who crossed the windswept fields, carrying the weight of his impending decision upon his unusually wizened heart. His hard-working father, a model of such grace, had often said […]

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January 1, 2016

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A Traditionalist’s New Year’s Resolution: What Would God Say?

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Happy New Year! It is late (or early, I should say) on this New Year’s morn, and after all the celebrations have ended, the confetti has fallen to the ground, and the crowds of onlookers have made their rather wobbly, tired way home, I am still here, pondering to myself. Not that there is anything special […]

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December 27, 2015

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How To Mess Up the Easy Way: My Confession

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I have a confession to make. I made a mistake.  A big, glaring, in-my-face mistake. One of those mistakes that you see coming – almost rushing down the street at you with its huge, ugly, blinding headlights, and maybe a few of those cute (but tacky) reindeer antlers on the roof – but you try so hard […]

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December 20, 2015

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The Secret Christmas Miracle: Through a Forgotten Door

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Noah had to admit, at least to himself, that he could not wait for Adeline to walk through that ancient, time-worn door.  If in their shared moment he had seemed so calm and confident to her, it was only because his right hand was white-knuckling that cold, bronze knob with every ounce of raw nerves […]

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December 19, 2015

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The Austrian Secret: A Christmas Night in Vienna

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Noah had never done anything like this in his entire life. Even his hands had begun to shake, deep inside his coat pockets, where no one else could see the raw nerves that were poised to threaten his normally confident psyche. If he had brought Adeline to Europe for any reason, tonight was to be […]

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December 17, 2015

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The Last Christmas: Europe, a Monk, and Adeline

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“If you ever hurt Adeline again, I will personally make you wish that you had never seen my face. You understand? Look at me! Do you understand?!” The day that Noah had threatened him had been a defining moment in Adeline’s life. All these years later, she could still remember that look on his face […]

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December 14, 2015

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A Fragile Girl Attacked for the Faith: Adeline and the Beloved Monk

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The day that it happened had been the happiest day of Adeline’s life. At least, it had been before the attack. But who could explain her world? It was never one that had made much sense to anyone else. It was certainly never one that even she could figure out. They used to tease her, the […]

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December 12, 2015

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A Desert Church Comes to Life: Watch the New Video Here

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There is something highly evocative about a small, historic “desert” church on the edge of a southern, American/Mexican border town. At least, there is in my mind. Although my journey there may have carried me south on a busy, modern interstate, complete with A/C and the upbeat sounds of more current songs, my romantic eyes recall […]

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December 9, 2015

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Under the Tucson Sun: A Photographic Memory, Part III (Conclusion)

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An Unusual Photographic Display As I continue this documentary series on our lovely “desert” church, I have made the uncommon decision to present the following images of prayer in simple black and white, as opposed to a range of bold, vivid colors. Surprised? I understand. After all, why not display them in their beautiful, myriad […]

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