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Last Call: Grace and Sobriety
Paul M. Smith

I spent years in a drunken haze. Then God found me.

Will There Be Any Christians in the Holy Land?
John Feister

From Jerusalem to Galilee, Christians are leaving Israel. We went there to find out why.

Constancy, Change and Discipleship
Mary Ann Spina

Matthew’s Gospel shows how disciples in a topsy-turvy world can maintain their core beliefs.





Constancy, Change and Discipleship
Matthew’s Gospel shows how disciples in a topsy-turvy world can maintain their core beliefs. By Mary Ann Spina

Resolve This Year to Make More Time for God
Every new year provides us with opportunities to get closer to God. By Susan K. Rowland

A Journey Through Monastic Prayer
For over 20 years, a Presbyterian pastor has found peace and renewal while praying with Benedictine and Trappist monks around the United States. By the Rev. David Robinson

Fiction: Four Pages
Her mother had said it best. By Marcy Kennedy


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Martha: Martha, Mary and their brother Lazarus were evidently close friends of Jesus. He came to their home simply as a welcomed guest, rather than as one celebrating the conversion of a sinner like Zacchaeus or one unceremoniously received by a suspicious Pharisee. The sisters feel free to call on Jesus at their brother’s death, even though a return to Judea at that time seems almost certain death. 
<p>No doubt Martha was an active sort of person. On one occasion (see Luke 10:38-42) she prepares the meal for Jesus and possibly his fellow guests and forthrightly states the obvious: All hands should pitch in to help with the dinner. </p><p>Yet, as biblical scholar Father John McKenzie points out, she need not be rated as an “unrecollected activist.” The evangelist is emphasizing what our Lord said on several occasions about the primacy of the spiritual: “...[D]o not worry about your life, what you will eat [or drink], or about your body, what you will wear…. But seek first the kingdom [of God] and his righteousness” (Matthew 6:25b, 33a); “One does not live by bread alone” (Luke 4:4b); “Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness…” (Matthew 5:6a). </p><p>Martha’s great glory is her simple and strong statement of faith in Jesus after her brother’s death. “Jesus told her, ‘I am the resurrection and the life; whoever believes in me, even if he dies, will live, and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?’ She said to him, ‘Yes, Lord. I have come to believe that you are the Messiah, the Son of God, the one who is coming into the world’” (John 11:25-27).</p> American Catholic Blog One of the difficulties we may have when our lives become unmanageable is that we find dealing with other people to be difficult and we may even struggle to maintain a relationship with God. Caring people especially can find themselves carrying unnecessary crosses as they become lost in the maze of trying to meet everyone’s crazy expectations—including their own!

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God is a beacon in our lives; the steady light that always comes around again.

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