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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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October 2017 Executive Speaker: Dr. Britt A. Thedinger

Our executive speaker in October 2017 was Dr. Britt A. Thedinger, talking about "Working through God, Giving Others Unfailing Strength". His presentation took place at St. Leo's Catholic Church in Omaha, NE.

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Spiritual Resolution

Spiritual Resolution

It’s the beginning of a new year, which means resolutions.  Some of them we can keep, others we probably won’t.  The point of resolutions is to make someone better.  These could be resolutions towards health or financial goals, for example.  One resolution we should strive for is a spiritual goal.

Although many believe St. Francis of Assisi said, “Preach the Gospel at all times and if necessary use words,” this is actually nowhere to be found in his writings or biographies.  Instead, he reminded us, “And let them show their love by the works they do for each other, according as the Apostle says: "let us not love in word or in tongue, but in deed and in truth."  This is a saying I live by.  I struggle with meditation and even going to church on a weekly basis.  But, going out and sharing my gifts to spread the Gospel is a strength of mine.

I volunteer to feed those who struggle during the holiday season.  The passion I show for this is reflected at work.  So much so that my store manager came down to help volunteer this year.  He saw and still sees this passion I use to spread the Gospel at work.  I make people interested in what I am doing by showing this fire.

So this year, let us work on a spiritual resolution.  I am challenging myself and others to use the gifts that God gave me to spread the Gospel.  What gifts can others bring to the table?  I want to make 2018 a year to spread the Gospel.  When it is absolutely necessary, I’ll use words.

 

Bill Ramsey

 

 

 

  Written by Bill Ramsey, YCP Omaha Team Member

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September 2017 Executive Speaker: Teresa Kenney

Our executive speaker in September 2017 was Teresa Kenney, talking about "Reproductive Health and Your Catholic Faith". Her presentation took place at St. Gerald's Catholic Church in Omaha, NE.

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