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A Beautiful Easter Lily

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After Easter Mass at a nearby church, a family walks out with a bouquet of Easter lilies. The little white flowers are beautiful and a delight to see. These flowers remind me how beautiful life is when paying attention to life’s details.  It also reminds me of the story of Saint Therese of Lisieux (1873-1897), also known as the Little Flower. Her life story offers a humble testimony of being faithful to God while attentive to ordinary life. As a devout Carmelite, she gave Jesus Christ her whole heart and mind while her body suffered greatly from an illness.  Nevertheless, she cultivated a childlike faith.  St. Therese did not fret because she was sick. She sought it as a grace to carry on in life and embrace it. Furthermore, as sick as she was, she had a dry period in her faith as feelings of despair and abandonment overwhelmed her. But God did not abandon her as he does not abandon anyone.  Instead, God graced St. Therese of Lisieux and she prevailed, seeing everything as

Live Podcast: "Believing In"

Welcome, join my conversation about ”Believing In” the Nicene Creed versus ”Believing That.” It’s a thought-provoking topic with various Christian perspectives and layers to consider.  Listen at  Podcast    Or read:   Article

Explore!

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They say home is where the heart is, but what happens when your heart expands to encompass distant horizons? After returning from a 5,000-mile expedition in Mid-America, I discovered a journey that blurs the lines between adventure and routine, wanderlust and comfort. View the story here See the highs and lows of long-term travel and uncover the true meaning of coming home. Buckle up; the adventure's just begun! Bonus Video

Caviezel states, "Boys and Men Follow Courage"

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Usually, I don't blog about anything that directly connects to Hollywood.  But recently found an interview between Jim Caviezel and a Christian network conducted in 2014. Jim was promoting " When the Game Stands Tall ."  I found a message relevant to a trend in today's social meaning of masculinity.  Caviezel touched on recently growing rhetoric that debunks topics about masculinity. " Boys do grow into MEN and their role in society." It is worth the effort for this Blogger to determine if this movie is on Netflix or any other streaming company. I am now intrigued. More importantly, I viewed this interview again with courage.  Consider clicking on this interview and let me know what you think:  Interview  

New Year 2024

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As we gather at the onset of a new year, I'm filled with deep love and appreciation for every one of you. Last year has had its share of adventures, ministry work, and recess. And through it all, I see the Lord's hand in what I do, especially when people close to me show unwavering support. Whether we prayed together, worked on endeavors for the Church, or enjoyed the great outdoors, each memory is a treasure I hold close. This year (2024), I promise to continue to be a man of faith, create opportunities for others to experience outdoor life, and engage in "God Talk" with anyone. A new endeavor for Catholic Camper is ready to be launched with much eagerness and prayer. You can hear more by clicking on:  Live Podcast Feeling Thankful Happy New Year, viewer, reader, listener, friends, and family. May the coming year be filled with joy, blessings, and memories we'll hold dear for years.

Believing in...

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Recently, while professing the Nicene Creed at Mass, I reflected on how years of reciting Saint Peter's sermon (Acts 2) have changed my attitude about life.  A common word in the first sentence among the four predominant paragraphs of  The Profession of Faith  articulates centuries of what Christians believe and affirms what I believe  IN .    For example, when I say, “I believe in…” rather than "I believe that...," a definitive belief is being claimed. An important clue here is the phrase " I believe in..." as the tone is motivational, passionate, and inspiring. As a result, a clear understanding of what is believed is evident. Watch out!  Believing  in  will change people.  Those who have known me a while know my behavior differs from when I was younger. Friends, family, and colleagues have all turned heads.  Complicated?  Na. When I say, “I believe that...” it borders on a less meaningful certainty and hints toward a deficiency of confidence.  The