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State Farm Shouldn’t Be the Only Good Neighbor

July 13, 2013

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For years, State Farm Insurance has promoted itself as being a “good neighbor” with its popular jingle, “like a good neighbor, State Farm is there.” The gospel for this Sunday challenges us to be a good neighbor but adds a definition for what it means to be a good neighbor: it means to be one […]

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The Conversion Process – “Stirrings”

June 19, 2013

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The New Evangelization is a renewed invitation to conversion. Unfortunately, conversion is a word that is often misunderstood. We tend to think of conversion as either the changing from one Christian denomiation to another or a dramatic bolt of lightning in which we hear God’s voice loud and clear, calling us to a major change […]

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Dreams Are the Foundation of Tomorrow’s Reality

January 21, 2013

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As we celebrate this Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, we turn our thoughts to the importance of dreaming. Not the kind of dreaming we do in our sleep, but the kind of dreaming that involves imagining. Like the prophets of the Old Testament, Dr. King imagined the possibility of a world that would more closely […]

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In Honor of Dorothy Day: “Mercy Experiences” Instead of “Service Hours/Projects”

December 8, 2012

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Dorothy Day has been in the news a lot lately due to the fact that the U.S. Bishops recently voted to promote her cause for sainthood. If Dorothy Day stood for anything it was the centrality of the Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy in the life of Catholics. She once said that everything a […]

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A Video Examination of Conscience

December 4, 2012

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In preparation for the Sacrament of Reconciliation next week, I did a little exploring on YouTube for a video examination of conscience. Here’s one that I found that’s not bad. I plan to search for more. If you know of a good one, please share!  

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Year of Faith Retreat – Week 3, Day 5: What Were You Thinking? (Conscience and Moral Decision Making)

August 17, 2012

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WEEK THREE: The Moral Life (Life in Christ) DAY 5:  What Were You Thinking? (Conscience and Moral Decision Making) Do you know who scores highest on religious literacy tests? Catholics? Protestants? Mormons? Jews? The answer is: ATHEISTS! Does that surprise you? It does and it doesn’t for me. In truth, I would say that it disappoints me more […]

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Year of Faith Retreat – Week 3, Day 4: Learning to Detect Patterns (Social Justice)

August 16, 2012

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WEEK THREE: The Moral Life (Life in Christ) DAY 4:  Learning to Detect Patterns (Social Justice) The children’s show Sesame Street has a feature called One of These Things is Not Like the Others in which they show a series of images, inviting the viewer to identify which of the things was different or doesn’t match or belong […]

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Year of Faith Retreat – Week 3, Day 2: What’s Your Secret? (The Commandments, Beatitudes, and Virtues)

August 14, 2012

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WEEK THREE: The Moral Life (Life in Christ) DAY 2:  What’s Your Secret?  (The Commandments, Beatitudes, and Virtues) Did you ever try to find out if someone was planning a surprise party for you or try to find out what kind of gift they may have gotten you for your birthday or Christmas? It’s not easy to pry a secret out […]

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Catechists in Action – Applying Catholic Social Teaching to Current Events

June 15, 2012

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In this segment of Catechists in Action, Marge Garbacz continues her introduction  to Catholic Social Teaching by inviting the participants in her RCIA to apply the 7 themes of Catholic Social Teaching to current events in the news. Watch for the following: Marge distributes copies of breaking news stories from local Chicago newspapers. Marge identifies […]

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Catechists in Action – Marge Introduces Catholic Social Teaching

June 13, 2012

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In this segment of Catechists in Action, Marge Garbacz introduces her RCIA to the concept of Catholic Social TEaching. Watch for the following: Marge welcomes the group back from break…she is always SO hospitable! She introduces the concept of the “best-kept secret” of the Catholic Church and invites one of her team members to identify […]

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