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Blog Posts

The Truth and the Lies: Living in Freedom

Apr
15

Ever since I can remember, I have struggled with jealousy. My first memory that I have is one of jealousy. I can remember it well. It was Christmas Eve, and I must have been about 3 years old. My parents decided to take me to Mass with them instead of leaving me with the religious ed class that I normally attended. I remember we were walking down the parish hall towards the church, and I caught a glimpse of my class, all traveling together, and everyone was holding hands with a buddy. And then I saw it. The girl that was normally MY buddy was holding hands with ANOTHER GIRL!

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Caught not Taught

Apr
04

Can you remember back to last summer, where if you’re like me, you spent countless hours planning out your year?  You know, scheduling topics for particular nights, looking through your curriculum, or deciding which curriculum you are going to use.  We all do this kind of planning, and we should be deliberate and intentional about how we determine what our year of youth ministry will look like.  I can’t stress how important it is to make sure that we are forming the youth according to the teachings of the Church; it’s practically our whole job!

Posted By Jeremy Stavinoha read more

Like it or not, you’re a leader

Apr
01

I’ve read a lot about strengths and weaknesses. Arguments go back and forth about which we should focus on. However, I’ve experienced that sometimes you find yourself in a position that requires certain skills regardless of whether theyyou’re your strengths or weaknesses.

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Share the Talk: How to Empower Your Volunteers to Give Great Talks

Mar
21

Part of our job in ministry is to equip others to evangelize. One of the ways we can help our volunteers do that, is to have them give talks at our youth nights or on our retreats. You have the potential to empower and equip your volunteers to give good talks. This will help them become better evangelizers and open avenues to connect with the youth in new ways.

 

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A Blog on How I Wish The Saints Were Kidding Sometimes

Mar
14

Part of my Lenten activities this year include reading a book called “A Lenten Journey with Jesus Christ and St. John of the Cross”, by Rev. George Mangiaracina, O.C.D. This book has a reflection for every day in Lent, which includes the Gospel, a reflection by St. John of the Cross, and a prayer. I have to admit, this hasn’t been easy for me. I am drawn to St. John of the Cross’ spirituality and am so moved by his poetry, but oftentimes the things he says are incredibly challenging. Some days, the reflection and exhortations that he gives are completely contrary to how I live.

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Get rid of your left arm!

Mar
11

This post actually builds on my last post where I told a story of a one armed martial arts student. You can read that story here.

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Ca Va Aller

Mar
10

If you’ve read any of the blogs I’ve posted before you might already know this, so bear with me. From June to November 2013 I lived in Burkina Faso, a small West African country nestled between Mali, Niger, Ivory Coast, and Ghana. It’s a very tiny country, the size of Colorado. It’s landlocked and as a result of that, very poor. It’s considered to be the third poorest country in the world, and the poorest country the Peace Corps serves.

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Weakness Smeakness

Mar
03

In my last post I introduced you to Derrick and Julie, and this post comes from that same event. Derrick shared a story about a young man who did not have a left arm but wanted to compete in martial arts.

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The Lay-Down-Your-Life kind of love

Feb
25

Last Friday I had an awesome opportunity to put on a tux and go to an event with my lovely bride and leave our four kiddo’s cared for at home. We had a great time, ate some great food, danced, and got to hang out with some good friends. But what I bring to you here today came from the speaker for the event who affectionately calls himself Julie’s brother.

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Busy? Read This. Too Busy? Read Twice.

Feb
21

A lot of times when we are too busy to stop and listen to what God is trying to tell us, He sends those more willing to listen to deliver His message to us. These past few weeks have been a blur for me, from school to ministry to retreat planning to talk preparation, who has time to be busy?!

Posted By Sarah Masters read more

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Gospel Reflections

4-20-2014 Living Word Reflections

Apr
16

Have you ever been so excited about something that you just had to tell somebody?  That’s what’s happening with Mary of Magdala in this week’s Gospel.  Three days earlier Mary and the rest of the disciples went through the biggest heartaches of their lives when Jesus sacrificed his life for us by dying on the cross.  He was their friend and teacher and now was gone.  They saw it all happen and with out a doubt knew that Jesus had died but now, just as He promised them, He rose from the dead.  That’s what happened and Mary of Magdala was the first to find out.  She knew that she couldn’t kee

Posted By Jeremy Stavinoha read more

4-6-2014 Living Word Reflections

Apr
03

It’s that time of year again, when everything outside starts turning green and the flowers bloom and the days get longer. It’s spring, which means new growth and life and light. It’s weird though, because right now, the Church is in Lent, which is a season of fasting and ashes that comes to a high point when Christ suffers and dies for us. Seems like we’re totally on different pages here.

Posted By Alyssa Trutter read more

3-30-2014 Living Word Reflections

Mar
26

March Madness is in full swing, and after the first day full of heartbreak and busted brackets, I begin to do what every American without a team to fervently root for does. I root for the underdog, the Cinderella story. We, as a society, are drawn to underdog stories. Look at any classic sports movie: Rocky, Hoosiers, Remember the Titans, Angels in the Outfield (yes, classic!), Air Bud, etc. We don’t make movies about sports teams unless they’re hopelessly outmatched physically. We like to see heart, a team rise from the ashes.

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23-3-2014 Living Word Reflections

Mar
19

Do you ever wonder sometimes where God is?  Many times in our lives, usually when we are struggling we ask for Gods help and wonder when will He show up or why has He not answered me yet.  Many times we miss God or don’t see Him working in our lives because we are thinking about how God is go to make things great for us in this world.  We want material possessions and earthly fame to quench the thirst for the emptiness in our hearts.

Posted By Jeremy Stavinoha read more

3-16-2014 Living Word Reflections

Mar
12

How often do we come to God asking for something to happen? How often are we frustrated when it seems like nothing happens after? The readings this Sunday reflect the trust that the people of God have to have in His timing. In the First Reading we see the Lord talking to Abraham, making lofty promises for Abraham and his family! Abraham went on as the Lord directed him, however NONE of these promises that God made him were fulfilled in his lifetime! Abraham had to trust God his entire life and trust that one day God would fulfill the promises made, even if he never saw it.

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3-9-2014 Living Word Reflections

Mar
05

Sometimes, I can’t quite wrap my head around how much God loves us. Actually, let’s rephrase that, I never can really wrap my head around how much God loves us. The fact that God couldn’t bear to leave us broken and bond by sin, so He left the comfort of heaven, to be born into a poor family, and live a humble life, before teaching us and healing us and forgiving us, and then being put to death for the wrongs we did and opening the way to heaven for us…. Now that’s Love.

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3-2-2014 Living Word Reflections

Feb
26

If I asked American adults what the 3 biggest stress inducers in their lives were, I would bet 9 out of 10 would include money in that list. This doesn’t mean 9 out of 10 American adults are greedy or unthankful or selfish or any of those words you might think, but we seek security. Money provides security in a world obsessed with things. I don’t have children, but I’ve heard it’s important to feed them, clothe them, send them to school, and other important child things. Where is the line between seeking security for the family and worshiping “mammon” (material wealth or greed)?

Posted By Chris Johnson read more

2-23-2014 Living Word Reflections

Feb
19

Have you ever wondered what the world would be like with no rules or self-control?  It would be great because our frustrations could be solved with physical action and then all of our problems would just go away.  Right?  This sounds easy but the readings this Sunday are calling us to something greater.  Not only are we called to keep are actions towards others under control but we are called to love everybody even those who may be are enemies.  Maybe you have heard this before.  Some people would say that this is crazy how can I love those that carry hatred towards me.  I have this grudge

Posted By Jeremy Stavinoha read more

2-16-2014 Living Word Reflections

Feb
13

Jesus is kicking butt and taking names this Sunday!! The First Reading and the Psalm begin by urging us to live by the commandments and “follow the law of the Lord”, and then in the Second Reading we see Paul expand on that by urging us to seek the wisdom of God and be open to God’s revelations of the law in the Spirit. This of course is all leading up to the Gospel where Jesus challenges us not just to follow the letter of the law in the Ten Commandments, but the Spirit of the law as well!

Posted By Sarah Masters read more

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