The Emmanuel Bell

This past Holy Week, Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris celebrated its 850th Birthday. To commemorate this special occasion, the Cathedral was gifted with a new set of bells. On Palm Sunday the bridges and gardens around the Cathedral overflowed with people to hear the first ringing of the Cathedral's new

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Prophets of Love

"We are all at times unconscious Prophets" -Charles Spurgeon No one can deny that we live in an imperfect world. You only have to turn on the six o'clock news to painfully see how many of us are hurting. So many starving hearts—for food, shelter, safety, dignity, acceptance, hope, and especially

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The Labyrinth of Faith

Today, we are each standing at the entry of the labyrinth of Easter, a Lenten pilgrimage of twists and turns before we reach the center, Easter Sunday. There is a rich history of Christians embarking on pilgrimages to encounter God. In our own time, over 300 million people set out

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A Love Story in the Making

On this week of Valentine's Day cards, chocolate hearts, and red roses, stop for a minute and ask yourself honestly the question, "How well am I loving?"  Every great story, whether penned in the eloquent words of a poet or lived inside the very breaths of a human being, are marked by love.

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Saint Jude

It is hard not to be moved by the biblical passage from Genesis where God creates the first human being. We are told that God breathed his spirit, the very breath of life, into his first masterpiece of creation, man. To commemorate Adam's holy birthright, God plants for him a

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Baruch, The Blessed One

In the spirit of Hope for this New Year of 2013, I offer you a story I penned for a healing service at my church. Rediscovering it over the Christmas holidays, I realized that it was a poignant way for each one of us to embark on our journey through

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L’Enchante

Gerard van Honthhorst, Adoration of the Shepherds, December 25, 1622 There is a beautiful story told every Christmas in the forests of Provence in southern France. It’s about four shepherds who journey to Bethlehem to see the baby Jésu. One brought eggs, another a baguette and fresh cheese, the third brought wine

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Christmas Santons

One of my favorite Christmas treasures is my Nativity scene of French santons. Santons, translated as "little saints," are small, hand-painted terra-cotta figurines that come from the Provence region of France. The santons of Provence took their inspiration from the first living Nativity scene created in 1223 by St. Francis

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