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Michael Denz is the Director of Evangelization and Catechesis and Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish and Shrine

Fear Not

"While he was still speaking, there came from the ruler's house some who said, "Your daughter is dead. Why trouble the Teacher any further?" But ignoring what they said, Jesus said to the ruler of the synagogue, "Do not fear, only believe."  And he allowed no one to...

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Explaining our Treasure

One of the difficulties we have as Catholics is trying to explain our Faith to those outside the Catholic Church.  Why does the Church teach what it does about things like artificial birth control, same sex attraction or Communion to those who are not Catholic.  We...

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Trust

Grandpa Joe stopped by his daughter's house one fall evening to visit with the family.  He had brought a lollipop to give to his granddaughter, 4 year old Zoe. Grandpa Joe sat down on the couch, smiled at Zoe and said hello.  Zoe stood by her mom, clutching her leg...

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And He taught…

I searched for the word "taught" in the four gospels.  I wanted to see how many times the gospels said Jesus taught.  I found it used in this way a total of seventeen times: And he opened his mouth and taught them. -Matthew 5:2 He taught them as one who had authority....

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Peace be with you…

Peace. This is a popular word people associate with Jesus - often at Christmas time.  This is because of St. Luke's telling of the angels visit to the shepherds on Christmas.  The angels have just announced the birth of Jesus to the shepherds, then they sing: "Glory...

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So, what’s the Good News?

Who doesn't like good news?  When someone comes home and says, "I have good news!", don't you just feel better already, before you even hear what the good news is? Then there is church.  At Mass the same phrase is used: "Good News".  Sometimes it is translated into...

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The Obstacle

The last two Sunday readings gave us a quick lesson on papal infallibility.  Two Sundays' ago, Peter declared with divine help that Jesus was "the Christ, the Son of the Living God." This past Sunday, Jesus told the Apostles "that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer...

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Abundantly Fearful

"The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly." -John 10:10 Thief (Satan) = Steal, Kill, Destroy. Jesus = Abundant Life Choose. Choice seems easy, right?  When you boil it down like I did above we can feel...

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Excuses

Dr. Scott Hahn, a premiere Biblical theologian, was speaking to a small group of people about the importance of studying Scripture.  He mentioned how he is often met with the following objection people have about the importance of learning Scripture: "If the poor...

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Persistence

I had a short visit with a friend yesterday.  She told me about how her husband has been suffering from chronic tinnitus since April.  They have tried all the suggested treatments to no avail.  There is no cure.  They have gone to healing Masses and have had his ears...

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