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HEALTHY RELATIONSHIPS

We all aspire to have healthy relationships. But these can be more elusive than we often think. We typically assume if we are getting along with someone, that the relationship must be healthy. But that may not always be the case.  In fact, sometimes the smoother a relationship is, the more unhealthy it can be, namely because one person has dictated it on his… Read More

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WHAT IS ASH WEDNESDAY & LENT?

  What is Ash Wednesday?  The simple answer is that it marks a time of fasting and prayer for Christians. It is the beginning of the forty days of the Lenten season in preparation for Easter. The challenge with this holiday we are celebrating today is like all other Christian holidays, they evolved over time. Lent, short for Lenten, is drawn from the Old… Read More

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AUTHENTIC FRIENDSHIP Part 2.

The 8 Key Character Traits of True Friendship in the Life of Jesus In this two-part series, we are looking at eight key character traits of Jesus that formed the foundation of a healthy relationship. Missed Part 1?  Click Here https://apostlesri.org/authentic-friendship-part-1/ Advocacy (for the Other) It is not coincidental that the name Satan, the arch-enemy of God and mankind actually means “accuser.” There is… Read More

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AUTHENTIC FRIENDSHIP – Part 1.

The 8 Key Character Traits of True Friendship in the Life of Jesus The term “authentic” has become one of those trendy buzzwords among the up and coming generations. Unfortunately, its redundant use and elusive definition spell little more than a platitude to most. Yet there is something so right about “authenticity.”  Should we then despair to attain to true authenticity in our relationships?… Read More

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THE PARADOX OF TRADITION

THE PARADOX OF TRADITION: The Impossibility of Living Humanly Without Tradition “Tradition” is one of those great words that was revered for millennia but now holds a place of suspicion in the minds of many. Ironically enough, what has often gotten the Church into trouble is tradition, and at the same time, it has also paradoxically kept her on the rails of fidelity. Tradition:… Read More

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DOCTOR ASSISTED SUICIDE

DOCTOR ASSISTED SUICIDE This article will be difficult to read, not from the ability to understand it, but from the perspective of being heart-wrenching as we try to wrap our heads around the issue of suicide in the realm of “medical choices”. As was projected during the fight to protect the unborn child from death in the womb, the next frontier to which the… Read More

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Love is the Fulfilling of the Law—The Role of the Last Five 

Love is the Fulfilling of the Law—The Role of the Last Five  Commandments in the Christian Life In our lectionary readings for last week, the first week of Advent, one of the texts we read was Romans 13:8–14.  This is a special text for a couple of reasons: First as in all of Paul’s letters, they are broken into two major parts, (1) a… Read More

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Mere Immortals | Your Weight in Heavenly Treasure

Mere Immortals | Your Weight in Heavenly Treasure Of all the good and beautiful things that we regularly take for granted, foremost among them is each other. It has been said, “familiarity breeds contempt.” This could not be more true than with closest relationships. How often do we snap sharply at those close to us, and afford social graces to strangers? How impatient are… Read More

Merry Christmas Charlie Brown!

Merry Christmas Charlie Brown! “And in the same region, there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with great fear. And the angel said to them, ‘Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of… Read More

ABOUT ADVENT

About Advent The four weeks of Advent present Collects that point to the second coming of Jesus: Advent #1 – Almighty God, give us grace to cast away the works of darkness, and put on the armor of light, now in the time of this mortal life in which your Son Jesus came to visit us in great humility; that in the last day,… Read More