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A Japanese Hibachi Encounter

God is full of surprises. Tonight Stephanie and I ended up alone at a Japanese Hibachi restaurant (to dodge the Halloween crowd). We were joined by a family we did not know and quickly struck up a conversation. They are Evangelical Christians that have attended the Church of the Highlands for years. We talked about our faith and the father (Jay) revealed he had a number of friends that had conv...

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Can a diocesan priest participate in the charism of Apostoli Viae?

Question: Can a diocesan priest participate in the charism of Apostoli Viae? Answer: Absolutely. While diocesan priests or deacons are assigned to a parish and are typically not simultaneously called to religious life, they may find Apostoli Viae spirituality, community, and apostolic works to be a help in their primary state as a diocesan priest. The key, of course, is that all participatio...

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What does your face say?

If your face was the only Gospel another might ever know, what does your face communicate? This is worth a moment of serious consideration. Saint Teresa of Calcutta said, “Speak tenderly to them. Let there be kindness in your face, in your eyes, in your smile, in the warmth of your greeting. Always have a cheerful smile. Don't only give your care, but give your heart as well.&rd...

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Of Saints and Snooze Buttons

Saints know nothing of snooze buttons. Because they know nothing of snooze buttons, they know much of encountering God in the sublime silence of the early dawn. Our bodies, our lower natures seek to own us. Our flesh is ever ready to rule and guide us and take the place of God. This is why we have such harsh language provided by the Holy Spirit through St. Paul: "For those who live a...

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How does Apostoli Viae provide formation for its members?

Question: How does Apostoli Viae provide formation for its members? Answer: There are a number of direct and indirect paths of formation in Apostoli Viae. All of our formation has two purposes 1) to draw the Apostoli Viae member ever more deeply into relationship with God, and 2) to equip them to do the same for others. Here are a few key paths of formation: Community Cenacle Gatherings (...

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Keeping Youth in the Church

This is an important reflection on the mistakes that we make when we seek to keep youth engaged. Unfortunately I have seen these mistakes played out for decades in the protestant and now Catholic Church. Those denominations who used this method are all closing their doors because by seeking to be relevant, they have made themselves irrelevant. There is much wisdom here and this is very much wor...

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