Holiday

Celebrating Michaelmas

Today is Michaelmas, the Christian festival that celebrates the archangels: St. Michael, St. Gabriel, and St. Raphael.  A little-known fact (in the US at least) is that the English school calendar was built around major Feast Days. Even to this day at Oxford and Cambridge, the first Fall school term is referred to as “Michaelmas”! On this day, …

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Happy Fourth of July!

The upcoming July 4th holiday in the United States is an emblematic celebration of freedom. Freedom is perhaps the most treasured ideal in the US:  Freedom to create enterprises. Freedom of speech. Freedom of religion.  Freedom of our will. These freedoms help to fuel our flourishing. True freedom lies in the freedom to love authentically — freedom to love …

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Easter Reflection

One of my favorite things about this time of year is how rapidly new life seems to emerge in the foliage, flowers, and throughout creation. Life seems to remain still and dormant for so long. Then, suddenly, we are on the cusp of summer.  Sometimes we feel as barren and frigid as frosty branches in winter. …

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Holy Week

This is Holy Week, the “holiest week of the year” for Catholics. True growth necessarily involves some struggle, sacrifice, and genuine transformation. All of us have addictions, fears, attachments, and junk that hold us back from freedom, authenticity, and flourishing. Transformation is most powerfully wrought through participation in the life of Christ. Holy Week and, in …

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Ash Wednesday

Today is Ash Wednesday, the kickoff to Lent.  During the Ash Wednesday liturgy, the priest traces a cross on our foreheads. Usually, the priest will state “Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return.” Another option in the liturgy, one used less often is: “Repent and believe in the Gospel.”   Jesus’ first words of …

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Merry Christmas

The darkest night comes just before the dawn. The days are short and the isolation and uncertainty of this year persist. Yet, we remain hopeful because the Light has dawned, is dawning, and will dawn.  Just as Christ came into the world — God born man so that we may be born like God — …

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Leadership Lessons from the Saints Guide

In the saints, the Catholic Church claims some of the greatest leaders in world history. This 16-page PDF guide is perfect for those who want practical tips on how to integrate holiness with leadership.

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