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Properly Investing Your Trust

Reflect “Trust in the Lord forever! For the Lord is an eternal Rock.”—Isaiah 26:4 It’s easy to misplace our trust. Many people can be so convincing, and we put undue hope in them—a smooth-talking acquaintance, a telephone scammer, or even a relative or longtime friend. Unfortunately, we often find out later that our trust was

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In the Face of Distressing Times

Reflect “My 19th birthday was celebrated with a death.”—St. Thérèse of LisieuxAs variations of COVID-19 continue to resurface now and then, we can consider how St. Thérèse also endured a resurgence of a pandemic (called an epidemic at the time, but now is counted as a pandemic). Influenza hit the Carmelite monastery with fierceness, leaving

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God’s Divine Orchestra

Reflect “All the parts of the body, though many, are one body.”—1 Corinthians 12:12I do enjoy watching an orchestra—whether live on stage, peeking into an orchestra pit, or on TV. Sometimes, I can see a few individual faces—a violinist pouring her heart into each and every push or pull of the bow across the strings,

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Investing Your Trust

Reflect It’s easy to misplace our trust. Many people can be so convincing, and we put undue hope in them—a smooth-talking acquaintance, a telephone scammer, or even a relative or longtime friend. Unfortunately, we often find out later that our trust was faulty and damaging. Our trust must first go to our Lord—who knows us

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Solitude, then Conversion

Reflect According to St. Bonaventure, once, after St. Francis happened upon a leper, and a sense of revulsion turned to compassion, he felt light and peaceful. Francis then longed for solitude—opportunities to be alone with God. After some time of prayerful solitude, St. Francis had a vision of Jesus nailed to the cross. This vision

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Waiting, Waiting

Reflect “The Lord is good to those who wait for him.”—Nahum 1:7a Waiting. It can be so hard! We carefully plan out timetables, make out schedules, and move forward full of expectation. Then, unexpected scenarios so frequently pop up. They get in our way and confound our plans. It can be aggravating; but if we

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