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The Forever of Heaven

‘Forever’ is a daunting word. Our Christian call to live forever in heaven is a daunting prospect. Everything we do on earth becomes dull before…

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The Joy and Suffering of the Holy Souls

Let us crowd heaven with more and more intercessors!

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St. Martin de Porres - A Humble Saint

Gratitude initiates and intensifies true humility!

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St. Jude, Intercession, and Sharing in God's Goodness

St. Jude and the Birthday Cake - is the oft-forgotten apostle a baker?

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The Rosary as a School of Prayer

Climb the mountain - a pilgrimage of our mind and heart!

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Mary, Queen and Mother

Worth of love or worth of honor: how do we properly approach Our Lady?

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The Perfect Prayer

How do I pray well, even perfectly? Br. Anthony Maria Akerman, O.P. offers a reply to this perennial question.

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Why Should We Pray Daily to St. Michael the Archangel?

How is St. Michael the Archangel a powerful defender in all battles? Learn from Fr. Michael Hurley, O.P., on how this powerful saint helps us flex our spiritual muscles!

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St. Michael the Archangel vs. The 6th Century Plague

If St. Michael the Archangel can save Rome from the plague, how can he help us in modern times? Br. Scott Norgaard, O.P., helps us understand how angels are instrumental in executing God's mercy.

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Was the Big Bang the Moment of Creation?

The Big Bang was the moment of creation...or was it? Br. Pascal Strader, O.P. helps unfold the cosmological and theological considerations in this claim.

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Incomprehensible Mercy

How should we treat those who have seriously hurt or wronged us? Br. Anselm shares the difficult, but life-giving answer in honor of the Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross.

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Summer Reflection: Studying German in Berlin

This past July, I was in Berlin taking an intensive course in German. Over the past five years studying at the Dominican School of Philosophy…

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Summer Reflection: Studying Spanish in Mexico

This summer, I spent several weeks learning Spanish in Mexico along with four other Dominican student brothers -- Br. Nathaniel Maria Mayne,…

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Summer Reflection: Fraternity with Polish Brothers

The Dominican Friars of the Western Province have had a special relationship of mutual support and collaboration with the Polish Province for…

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Summer Reflection: Studying Arabic in Cairo

When I disclose the fact that I am learning Arabic to family, friends, and acquaintances here in the Western United States, I receive similar…

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Celebrating our Jubilarians

Dominicans offer their lives to preach the Gospel and dedicate their lives in service to God and the Church. The vast majority of Dominican friars…

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Totus Tuus

Totus tuus ego sum et omnia mea tua sunt. Accipio te in mea omnia. I am all yours, and everything that I have is yours. I take you for my all.…

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The Beauty of Our Mother

The Church dedicates this month of May to Our Lady. Therefore, this is a very convenient time for us, her children, to contemplate the beauty…

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Mary, Mother of God and Mother of All Believers

The history of salvation is not the history of the One Creator God acting alone in human history. Rather, it involves an intimate dialogue between…

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Out of His Fullness, We Have All Received

For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God not by works, so that no one can…

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Jesus, Our Companion and Our Hope

“Christ is Risen! - Truly, He is Risen!” This Paschal greeting that we are so accustomed to hearing on Easter morning represents the overwhelming…

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Spy Wednesday

Have you ever been betrayed by a friend? If so, you know how terrible it feels when a friend turns against you. Our attention is drawn to the…

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The Highest Conceivable Gift

Few words are so ubiquitous in Christian circles (and even outside them), as the word “grace.” Just from the amount we talk about it, grace seems…

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Affixing your Lenten Practices to Love

“If I speak in human and angelic tongues but do not have love, I am a resounding gong or a clashing cymbal. And if I have the gift of prophecy…

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Behold Man!

“You who have been raised with Christ, set your heart on higher things where Christ reigns at the right hand of God the Father.” (Col. 3:1)...

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Mary – Mother and Model of Disciples

Jesus, the material incarnation of the Second Person of the Trinity, asks of us what God demanded of His Chosen People in the Shema prayed each morning and evening by the pious Jew...

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A Painter and a Sinner

I am always deeply moved by Caravaggio’s “The Calling of St Matthew.” If there was anything Caravaggio was good at, it was painting and being…

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St. Joseph Patron of the Universal Church

To learn more about St. Joseph, his life, and patronage over the Church, read Fr. Mullady's article on our Rosary Center website here: St. Joseph,…

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Mary, Undoer of Knots

If you look around you might get the impression that the world is upside down and we with it. We are confronted with conflicts which are far…

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We Miserable Sinners, God’s Wonderful Mercy

I recently went on my annual retreat at Holy Transfiguration Monastery, a community of monks in Redwood Valley, CA who are affiliated with the…

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What is the Purpose of your Lenten Penance?

Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the Lenten practices of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving for many Christians around the world. Why do we…

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How Does Marriage Differ from Buying a Car?

Is marriage at all different from buying a car? In this day and age, it would seem that it isn’t necessarily... Looking at the way we live…

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Return to Nazareth

One of the results of our individualistic society is that families have become increasingly isolated. This isolation is sometimes justified by…

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The Two Trinities

“…Sitting on the shore, and his eyes were never dry of tears, and his sweet life was ebbing away, as he longed mournfully for his return.” Such…

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Getting to Know Simeon

Happy feast of the Presentation of the Lord! St. Thomas once said that the whole of theology is contained in the psalms and when I look at the…

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Christ, the High Priest

What is a priest? He is more than just a man that dresses strangely and performs some arcane religious ritual. No, a priest is a man set apart…

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Why did Jesus call Himself the Son of Man?

Throughout the Gospel tradition, Jesus referred to Himself as the Son of Man; 81 times, to be precise. When Jesus healed and forgave the paralytic…

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The Mystery of the Incarnation

Christology, the study of Christ and the Incarnation, gets very little serious attention these days among mainstream Christians. I suspect one…

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The Incarnation: Who is Jesus?

I believe in one Lord Jesus Christ, the Only Begotten Son of God, born of the Father before all ages. God from God, Light from Light, true God…

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Glory Revealed

Walk into many if not most Catholic churches, and in the center of the sanctuary you’ll see a tabernacle. This locked box, often covered in gold…

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Carrying Christ to Others through Art

“And how does this happen to me, that the Mother of my Lord should come to me?” (Luke 1:43). This past Sunday, we heard these magnificent words…

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Advent and Sacred Art

Our Dominican Order is noted for its intellectual tradition, especially luminaries such as St. Thomas Aquinas and St. Albert the Great. These…

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Why the Immaculate Conception is Necessary

What we believe about Mary can make a huge difference in what we believe about Jesus and about our own salvation. That’s why certain truths about…

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Drifting Towards Hell

“Before a man are life and death, and whichever he chooses will be given to him.” -Sir 15:17 We find ourselves on a river in a strange land.…

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Heaven: Homesick for Jerusalem

We can think of Psalm 137 as a “homesickness” psalm. After being conquered by the Babylonians, the Israelites are brought into a foreign land.…

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Judgement and Gregory the Great

According to Gregory the Great, final judgment is the pinnacle manifestation of Christ’s victory over his enemies and the fiery purification…

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How Do You Want To Live Your Last Hour?

“What are the four last things of man? Death, Judgment, Heaven, Hell. What is Death? Death is the separation of man’s mortal body and immortal…

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St. Martin And The Variety Of Vocations

On November 3rd, we celebrate the Feast of St. Martin de Porres, the patron of cooperator brothers (and of barbers, innkeepers, public health…

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The Rosary: Delving Into The Details Of The Mysteries

“Every man’s life ends the same way. It is only the details of how he lived and how he died that distinguish one man from another.” – Ernest…

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The Rosary: Enter Into The Mysteries Of The Incarnation

As the Gospel of John tells us, “The Word became flesh and dwelt among us” (Jn 1:14). And how wonderful it is that God chose to make his home…

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The Rosary: Role Models And Stories

There was a period of time during my childhood when my mother particularly emphasized role models: that my brothers and I choose wisely those…

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The Eucharist: Sacrament of Unity

Our nation—our world—is divided. You may have noticed. The Church is the source of unity for all peoples, but when division threatens the Church…

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The Archangels

As human beings, we have some frame of reference for understanding Mary and the Saints. We even have some insight into Jesus insofar as he was…

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The Eucharist, Grounds for HOPE

A certain desperation seems to be spreading through the world these days. Technological innovation has made our lives easier, yet seems to be…

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Mater Dolorosa vs. the Prosperity Gospel

What kind of title of honor is “Our Lady of Sorrows”? How does the Church expect us to be excited about our call to sanctity if the image of…

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Three words to help with confession

That, how, why.Years ago, a wise Dominican taught me these three words as a framework for thinking about confession, and they have stuck with…

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Now is the Day of Resurrection

Our faith juggles two seemingly opposed ideas. On the one hand, we are pilgrims in a foreign land, and we await the fulfillment of God's promises.…

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Would Pope Jesus be better than Ascending Jesus?

Tomorrow is Ascension Thursday, reminding us that we have ten final days of the Easter season to enjoy before Pentecost Sunday. On Ascension…

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Lord, to Whom Shall We Go?

“Simon Peter answered him, ‘Lord, to whom shall we go? Thou hast the words of eternal life. And we have believed and have known, that thou art…

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Who is St. Joseph the Worker?

We think of St. Joseph working as a carpenter. Still, what did it really mean? To understand, we need to briefly go back to where it all beganIn…

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The Peace of Eastertide

At 21 years old, I sat in a train car on a warm August afternoon that was winding its way through the mountainous French countryside on my way…

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What is Freedom?

In some ways, the question seems to have such an obvious answer that it may seem strange to even ask. What more is there to say except that freedom…

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Spiritual Joy

Now that we have completed our Lenten journey (hopefully a challenging one), we can relax and enjoy the delights of the Easter season. Chocolate…

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Alleluia! Alleluia!

Christ is risen! He is risen indeed. Alleluia! Alleluia!We are in the midst of the Octave of Easter. Like Christmas, Easter Sunday does not last…

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The Greatest Show on Earth

“It’s like theatre!” my mom once exclaimed when explaining what she loves so much about the liturgies of Holy Week. When a worshipping community…

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Thwarting the Devil

Tomorrow the Church celebrates the moment of the Incarnation, wrought in God’s infinite love from eternity and brought to time by the simple…

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A Tale of Two Oceans

“Will all great Neptune’s ocean wash this blood clean from my hand? No, this my hand will rather the multitudinous seas incarnadine, making the…

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CHRISTIAN IDENTITY

Fr. Bruno Cadoré, former Master of the Order of Preachers, during his canonical visits, usually asked the friars, “What is your identity?” “What…

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Try This Weird Benedictine Trick (Demons Will Hate You for It!)

Before entering the Dominicans, I attended a diocesan seminary run by Benedictine Monks, one of whom was my spiritual director. He gave me a…

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Solid Armor, Trained Arrows: Persevering in the Desert of the Conquering Christ

Lent is not only a time of bodily affliction and psychological combat; it is a time of continual victory for those who hold onto the victorious…

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Fixing Our Attention on the Paschal Mystery During Lent

In the office of Readings for Ash Wednesday, St. Clement I, the bishop of Rome in the late first century, exhorts the Christian people to fix…

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Christian Dignity

Our life on this side of death is marked by a deep and insatiable desire. Human persons, strange creatures that we are, live constantly on the…

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The Friendliness Called Affability

It seems a certain nastiness is becoming increasingly common in the way we deal with those who are not our closest friends. From public figures…

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The Noonday Demon

Have you ever felt bored on the spiritual journey and wanted to give up? Have you ever felt that the spiritual life is such an unbearable burden…

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Time to Ditch “Pro-Life Day of Prayer” for “Pro-Life Day of Action”?

On January 22nd, the anniversary of Roe vs. Wade, we Catholics have the Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children, and in California,…

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A Spirituality Behind the Wheel

I remember once when I was a teenager, a family member was driving me somewhere on the freeway. And suddenly, the truck in front of us began…

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Backpacking Rosary Reflection

In August, along with a number of my fellow student brothers, I had the opportunity to go on a three-night, four-day backpacking trip through…

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Crossing 2020 to 2021

No doubt that the year 2020 has been a year of tremendous hardship. As we reach the last days of this year, we look forward to 2021 with great…

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A Season of Hope

One prominent theme of the season of Advent is the virtue of hope. In preparing for Christmas, we foster hopeful expectation for the coming Messiah.…

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Getting Ready for Christmas

The season of Advent is here, and now that we’re getting some cold weather, it’s finally starting to feel like winter! For me, this weather gets…

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How to Be a Neighbor

We live in perhaps one of the most divided eras of our nation’s history. While the dust is beginning to settle from this rough year, it still…

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The Jesus Prayer

The Jesus PrayerOne of the most well-known and beloved prayers in Eastern Catholic and Eastern Orthodox churches is the Jesus Prayer. There are…

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Sunflowers! Thank God!

Harvest festivals, like our American Thanksgiving, are found all over the world. From Korean Chuseok to Jewish Succoth, many farming societies…

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A Meditation on Ecclesiastes

All men are dust and to dust they shall return. This is a seemingly grim statement, yet it is also one imbued with humility. What is man, whose…

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Reflections on Death

Why does the Church focus on death? In his monastic rule St. Benedict tells his monks to “keep death daily before your eyes.” St. Jerome is famously…

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Serving

By the grace of God, I was ordained to the diaconate this past month, and I have had the privilege to serve at Mass as a deacon.Part of the petition…

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Crash Course: How to Discern Your Vocation

I spent several years discerning my vocation before I joined the Order. Despite the stress and uncertainty, the process of discernment was incredibly…

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How to Waste Time Like a Saint

Our common life as Dominicans follows a daily schedule of prayer and meals called an horarium, but that still leaves us with a lot of time left…

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The Eucharist: Our Burning Bush

“And the angel of the Lord appeared to [Moses] in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush; and he looked, and behold, the bush was burning,…

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Valuing Truth Wherever It Is Found

St. Thomas Aquinas, one of the intellectual luminaries of our Order, is a model thinker. He integrated the thought of diverse intellectuals in…

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Livestream: Saturday Night Rosary with the Dominicans

I was so happy to see hundreds of you join me for the Rosary last Saturday. We've now planned to livestream another Rosary tomorrow at the same…

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Three More Friars to Make First Profession

The Dominican Friars of the Province of the Most Holy Name of Jesusjoyfully announce the First Profession of their BrothersMichael Thomas CainXavier…

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Br. John Winkowitsch, O.P., to profess Solemn Vows

The Dominican Friarsof the Province of the Most Holy Name of Jesusjoyfully announce theSolemn Profession of their Brother John Winkowitsch,…

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The Beauty of the Vow of Chastity

I love the vow of chastity! Yes, you heard me right. I, a twenty-four-year-old male, who grew up in the hyper-sexualized culture of twenty-first…

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The Night is Always Darkest Before the Dawn

Psalm 130:6-7 “My soul looks for the Lordmore than sentinels for daybreak.More than sentinels for daybreak,let Israel hope in the Lord,For with…

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The Ark of your Might

Today marks the 103rd anniversary of the apparitions of Fatima. All such apparitions are judged the way we judge any private revelation, namely,…

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Dead Man Walking!

Readings: John 12: 24-26 | Phil 3: 8-14There was a morbid custom in parts of the American prison system before the 1960s: as a man condemned…

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Alone?

I am always fascinated by flying. It is remarkable how many people and systems have to work together in order to allow travelers to go from one…

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We Shall Reap Our Harvest

When I was growing up, my family kept a garden. There would be a certain day in the mid-spring, a warm and dry day, when we’d start the work…

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The Good Shepherd Lays Down His Life for His Sheep

There is no doubt that the Coronavirus pandemic is a global tragedy. It has been heartbreaking to hear news of many dying weekly. However, I…