Lent: Teach Your Children


by Amy Welborn

Take care and be earnestly on your guard not to forget the things which your own eyes have seen, nor let them slip from your memory as long as you live, but teach them to your children and to your children’s children…

(Deuteronomy 4:9)

This is something we tend to fret about, all of us, whether we are parents or not: How can we help our children to be fulfilled? How can we teach them to be happy?

I sometimes wonder if those are the right questions. Or at least, if it’s the only question. We live in a world that’s all about celebrating our potential. But what happens when we’re disappointed? When it all collapses? When we get the frightening diagnosis? When it all hurts? When I am about to die? Continue reading

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Joy Stories: Live the Fast by Andy LaValle

Some people go through an entire life not knowing their purpose or why God has given them the gifts he has. Up until June of 2010, I was a secure, self-employed businessman, married for 35 years, with two adult children as partners in our enterprise. My priorities were golf, business, family, and God in that order.

I met Jim Caviezel at the Catholic Men’s Conference in 2010, and he invited me to Medjugorje. At the time, Medjugorje was not on my radar; in fact, I could not even spell it or know where it was. After the invite, I boldly told Jim, “Do not get your hopes up. I am not flying 15 hours to say a rosary.” Today I pray the rosary not say the rosary.

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Friars Corner: Joy in Christ’s living water

Fr. Bob Hilz, TOR

Fr. Bob Hilz, TOR

Exodus 17:3-7; Ps 95:1-2, 6-9; Romans 5:1-2, 5-8; John 4: 5-11, 19b-26, 39a, 40-42

Baptism in very much in the foreground during our Lenten journey. Some have been preparing since last fall to be baptized during the Easter Vigil. Those of us who have already been baptized are hopefully examining our lives during this penitential season. For many of us, our parents made a baptismal commitment for us to be part of the kingdom of God for us. Sometimes in our adult life, we need to make our own commitment to follow Jesus and live by his principles.

Today’s scriptures appropriately highlight baptism. In the Exodus story, God tells Moses to strike a rock and water will flow for the people to drink, cook, bath and water their animals. We have some questions humanly about that rock providing water for a 40-year journey through the desert. Water did part to allow the Jews to leave Egypt. Now water was necessary to live in the desert. Continue reading

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Got Joy? Latest JOYAlive posts 3-17-17

  • Lent: Your Ways – by Amy Welborn – For Lent, if I am to be deeply reconciled to God, I need to know who God is and what God’s call to me is. That won’t happen by listening with half an ear.
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Lent: Your Ways


by Amy Welborn

Happy those who do not follow
the counsel of the wicked,
Nor go the way of sinners,
or sit in company with scoffers.
Rather, the law of the Lord is their joy;
God’s law they study day and night.
(Psalm 1:1 -2)

I always appreciate the opportunity to hear priests from other lands at Mass. Their accents—Irish, Nigerian, Colombian, Indian and others—remind me of the universality of the Body of Christ.

What I have noticed, too, is that when a priest from another country preaches in a church of native speakers, he has usually prepared his homily carefully, writing it out so that he says exactly what he intends. He speaks carefully, as well, to be sure that we hear. And I listen more carefully, too. Continue reading

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A Chalice full of talents

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Chalice with wine

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As each one has received a gift, use it to serve one another as good stewards of God’s varied grace–1 Peter 4:10

The Deacon gave his homily on Mt. 24:14-30, the parable of the talents. He presented the talents as the presence and grace of God, given to us in different amounts.

At the sign of peace, I realized there weren’t enough Eucharistic ministers so I went up to the altar with my heart open to whatever the Lord wanted to do through me. I received the hosts to distribute, and when Fr. Bob and the Deacon choose stations on the side, I positioned myself at the center aisle.

Toward the end of Communion distribution, Fr. Bob came up behind me singing the communion hymn. Gracefully, between communicants, he took a big handful of hosts from my chalice. I could see 20 or more people in my line and I counted a dozen or less hosts left in my chalice. Would God multiply them? Then the line next to mine ended and the minister dumped a dozen or so hosts into my chalice. I ended up with more than enough. Continue reading

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Friars Corner: Be baptized in the Holy Spirit and come to know the joy of knowing Jesus

Fr. Bob Hilz, TOR

Fr. Bob Hilz, TOR

Genesis 12:1-4a; Ps 33:4-5, 18-20, 22; 2 Timothy 1:8b-10; Matthew 17:1-9

Jesus is gathering more and more followers across the world. he is telling them that he has opened up a “new fountain of living water,“ as he told the woman at the well in John 4:13-15. He is calling us to come with him to a new Mount of Transfiguration as in today’s gospel. He wants to baptize us in his Holy Spirit to open our minds to know who he is and what he is doing in these days. Then he fills our hearts with more of his awesome love and empowers us to go out and tell others his good news.

In Matthew 17 today, Jesus took his closest three friends, Peter, James and John, alone up a mountain. There he revealed himself in some of his glory before his resurrection from the dead. He was giving them the insight and grace to be able to endure what would happen around Christ’s arrest, trial, scourging, crucifixion and ultimately his resurrection from the dead. Moses and Elijah appeared talking with Jesus. This showed his friends Bible connections that he is the New Adam and New Moses to fulfill Yahweh’s covenants and promises in the Old Testament. A bright cloud overshadowed them and God, our Father, spoke saying, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased. Listen to him.” At this glorious experience, the apostles fell prostrate and were afraid. Then Jesus touched them saying: “Rise and do not be afraid.” Continue reading

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Got Joy? Latest JOYAlive.net posts 3-10-17

  • Lent: Image of God – by Amy Wellborn – Is the “god” from whom I feel estranged the one God of love and truth, or something else entirely?
  • Edging God Out – When we plunge ahead without consulting God, the ego, called by some, “edging God out,” sneaks in punches demanding we take control of everyone.
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