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Guilt vs. Shame

“Catholic guilt” is a term most of us are aware of.  It has negative connotations which involve being made to feel bad for doing something we are not supposed to do.  Our 21st century society frowns upon being made to feel bad (unless you are feeling bad...

What is Our Value?

What makes something valuable? Is what it’s made of the reason?  Like gold or diamonds or solid oak? Is it because it is beautiful?  Like a sunset or a rose or new sports car? Is who made it the reason?  Like Rembrandt or Rolex or Lamborghini? Is something being...

St. Gemma Galgani

St. Gemma Galgani is a lesser known saint who lived in Northern Italy from 1878 to her death in 1903.  When people get to know me, one of the things they find out is that I have a strong devotion to St. Gemma.  The next question people often have is why. About six...

She waited on them

In the Gospel for Sunday we hear a little story, often overlooked, about Jesus healing St. Peter’s mother-in-law (Mark 1:29-39). It was only a fever, it did not appear that she was seriously ill. However, Jesus went over, took her hand, helped her up and the...

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