Encountering God

Coming To Meet Jesus

Many of us yearn for that face-to-face meeting with Jesus, searching in all sorts of places, yet never really being fully satisfied. Hear about how Eucharistic Adoration is the place where Heaven and Earth “kiss” — where visits with Our Lord can change from just quiet, to the quiet of the Sacred Heart, and all that Our Lord has to offer his visitors.

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Eucharist, Jesus, Prayer, and Sacraments

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Encountering Jesus; How to Cultivate God’s Presence in Our Lives

Have you encountered God? How would you know? It is not unusual for people who have experienced spiritual retreats to answer yes and speak glowingly of the joy and peace such an encounter brings. But even so, it is not always clear to know how to grow this encounter with God into a sustaining and ever closer relationship with Him.

Learn how to recognize encounters with God – which are much more frequent than you may think – and the true and tested ways our Church provides to nurture, sustain and grow in an ever- deepening encounter with God.

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Christian Spirituality, Discernment, Jesus, and Prayer

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Five Steps Towards Making the Passion of Christ More Personal

Our lives are a pilgrimage – a journey with the destination of the Heavenly Jerusalem. Each day gives us the possibility of recognizing how much God loves us and longs to help us. Are we brought to that awareness? We will look at five steps we can take to make the Passion of our Lord a hope-filled and inspirational way to get closer to him.

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Christian Spirituality, Jesus, Lent, and Suffering

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Four Attitudes In Our Search for God

How many of us wonder if God knows who we are? How do we begin to be confident in God? Does God hear my prayer? Jesus assures us: Even the hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not, therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows. This presentation will give a guideline on approaching our prayer life in a way that can be integrated in our daily lives. Be reminded that Christ is with you on your journey every day of your life!

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Christian Spirituality, Jesus, and Prayer

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God is Close to Us

How can we deal with loss in a world that refuses to see it? Scripture tell us, “The Lord is close to the brokenhearted; saves those whose spirit is crushed” (Psalm 34:19). Discover how all the losses we experience work to draw us closer to God and the fulfillment we long for.

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Healing, Mental Health, and Suffering

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Jesus Wept: Where God Stands In Our Suffering

We all suffer, but where is God? Find answers in Jesus’ life and teachings. As we reflect on experiences of pain and suffering in our daily lives, discover an invitation to hope.

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Christian Spirituality, Healing, Jesus, Scripture, and Suffering

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Lectio Divina: Praying with Scripture

Are you ready to deepen your prayer life? Would you like help learning how to listen to God’s voice? Discover an ancient yet accessible way of praying with Scripture that is simple enough to practice daily: Divine Reading.

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Discernment and Scripture

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Lift Up Your Hearts: The Sacrament of Love

What do we do when our hearts are wounded? While hearing God’s Love Story for us, women discover the key to hope in any circumstance; found in the Eucharist and Holy Mass.

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Forgiveness, Healing, Jesus, Mass, Prayer, Sacraments, Suffering, and Women

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Soul Searching and Finding Your Soul Purpose

It is known that we are both body and soul, earthly and heavenly, man-made and made in God’s image.  How is it that we are made in God’s image, yet so many times I look at myself in the mirror and want to change every inch of me? How is it that I am supposed to love my neighbor as myself, yet I can’t love myself?

It is in being introduced to our soul – the truest version of ourselves and that which is most in God’s image – that we can begin to 1) comprehend the image of God we are made in, 2) love and embrace the uniqueness of ourselves, 3) live out our soul purpose, and 4) encourage others to meet, embrace, and love their soul (cf. Catechism of the Catholic Church, no. 363).

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Christian Spirituality, Discernment, and Vocation

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The Eucharist

The Eucharist is the life of the people! The Eucharist forges between them a common bond, a Christian kinship. All eat the same bread; all are table companions of Jesus Christ who supernaturally creates among them a feeling of togetherness.

The Acts of the Apostles states that the whole community of the first Christians, converted Jews and baptized pagans, belonging to different regions, “had but one heart and one soul” (Acts 4:32). Why? Because they were attentive to the teaching of the Apostles and faithful in sharing in the breaking of the bread (Acts 2:42).

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Eucharist, Jesus, Mass, Prayer, Sacraments, Saints, and Scripture

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The Gaze of God

It seems that our work, our jobs, our schedules can become so full and be so demanding. Perhaps we don’t have enough time to even think! As Christians, we are called by Christ to be that light in the world which leads to hope; the hope which connects us to God and to help overcome despair and anxiety.

Christianity is about a Person, not a philosophy. You and I were created to live in a relationship with God. When we experience the gaze of God – we can have hope for healing that only God knows we need.

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Christian Spirituality, Healing, Jesus, and Prayer

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The Mystery of the Shroud of Turin

The man pictured on the Shroud not only looks like a real person (as opposed to an artistic creation); he is actually anatomically flawless down to minor details — a body which suffered actual wounds and stained the cloth with genuine blood. This body was crucified, almost certainly by the Romans, and was buried in a manner consistent with ancient Jewish burial practices. The body was very likely Jewish and was almost certainly that of Jesus of Nazareth.

Ralph draws on official scientific data from the Shroud of Turin Research Project, Inc. to demonstrate the man of the Shroud’s cap of thorns and scourging with Roman flagrum, nails through his feet and wrists, death from asphyxiation, and piercing with a lance through the chest after death. He will also demonstrate how the Shroud is a photographic “negative” –a photographic record created by a kind of “scorch”.

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Jesus, Lent, Science, Scripture, and Suffering

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The Passion of Christ

The Passion of Christ is not only a historic event, it continues to be an experiential reality for us as we reflect on the Journey of Jesus from Palm Sunday, through Holy Week and his death on the cross. Our Lord invites us to join our sufferings with his and to participate in the work of redemption for the salvation of souls. Through the ages men and women have been inspired to dedicate their lives to Christ after meditating deeply on his passion, death and resurrection.

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Lent, Scripture, and Suffering

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Who is the Man of the Shroud?

The popular Shroud of Turin is the most ancient cloth studied by mankind. This presentation will give you an insight of its origin and the mysterious image of the man on the Shroud. Learn about the Shroud’s journey, history, botanical and scientific evidence, as well as its meaning for us today.

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Evangelization, Jesus, Lent, Sacred Art, Science, and Suffering

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