The Gradual Metanoias

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Giving Beyond The Basket

Giving Beyond the Basket
by Jim Gerner
The most recent volunteering event for YCP Omaha was 9 AM on Saturday, August 11th at the Saint Martin de Porres Center.  We had about twelve volunteers show up to help weed and maintain their garden.
The group did a great job pulling weeds as we filled a compost pile and a pickup truck bed with all of the overgrown weeds.  The raised garden areas for the food producing plants were weed free.  The fence around the garden had the overgrown grasses and plants removed.  Even the sign next to the driveway was more visible with the weeds in front of it taken out.  The person in charge from Saint Martin de Porres was happy when we finished with the garden’s improvement.
Normally, we help charities by giving money in the collection basket.  However, I think our group did more for Saint Martin de Porres Center’s garden than a collection would have done.  We should keep donating in the collection basket, but we need to give our time and talents too.
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Obedience

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Everything Happens for a Reason? Yeah Right!

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Step into His office

It is known by different names for different forms-Divine Office, Liturgy of the Hours, the Roman Breviary etc. and one form or another has been my constant prayer companion for the last decade or so. The Office is the “other” liturgy (besides the Mass) of the Church few people are familiar with though it has been an integral part of the Church’s spiritual life for time immemorial
I truly believe the Office is a woefully underused form of prayer in the Church today by laypeople though I have seen some greater popularity than I had before I went to the seminary. Priests and Religious are typically bound to recite the Office to some degree according to their particular state in life or charism. Lay people are welcome to also pray the Office but obviously there is no obligation to do so. The Office is comprised of (to make a long story short) a grouping of Psalms and prayers split up into sections called “hours” that are typically prayed at different parts of the day. This serves to help sanctify the day by coming to a few moments set aside specifically for prayer, and doing so knowing that one is joining their prayer to an official prayer of the Church. 
What the Office has taught me, besides persistence, is to live liturgically. The Office celebrates all the feast days of the Church in concert with the Mass and by always calling to mind the saints, the various mysteries of our Lord and Lady’s lives (As an aside, the Rosary ‘Our Lady’s Psalter’ and the Office are intimately connected. The 150 Hail Marys from the 5 decades of each of the 3 traditional came from representing the 150 Psalms in King David’s Psalter which were once all recited in a week in the Office.) the various other celebrations of the Church year as they come year after year. It helps make the Faith an integral and abiding part of you instead of something you just happen do on Sunday and big events. It’s a great blessing to be able to dip into, as one is able, the vast spiritual current of both the Church Militant and Triumphant by participating in a actual Liturgical prayer of Holy Mother Church. God bless! 
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The Good, The Bad, The Ugly

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His Presence

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Faith is a Team Effort: Don’t Go it Alone!

by Shannon McCoy

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Elizabeth Grimm- Holy Week Blog Post

During this Holy Week, I thought I would finally sit down and write out my story. The story of my life and the story of my eventual conversion. What better time is there than the week where we contemplate Jesus’ passion. The week where we open our hearts to the hope of resurrection. The week where we gaze upon the cross with a mix sorrow and gratefulness, because of the unequivocal love that Jesus has for all of us. It is with great hope that in my story, you can see the power that the Holy Spirit has had on a once hardened and confused heart.
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Waiting on God's Calling

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