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Ephesians 6:18

All Prayer and Supplication… St. Paul challenges us to not let an opportunity to pray pass us by: With all prayer and supplication, pray at every opportunity in the Spirit. To that end, be watchful with all perseverance and supplication for all the holy ones… -Ephesians 6:18, NAB Supplication, as defined by Merriam-Webster, is “to ask […]

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Mar

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Ephesians 6:10-17

The Complete Armor of God… For the past few days, we have discussed the armor of God, piece by piece, and now, let’s bring it all together: Finally, draw your strength from the Lord and from his mighty power. Put on the armor of God so that you may be able to stand firm against […]

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Mar

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Ephesians 6:17, part 2

The Sword of the Spirit… Today, we learn about the final piece of the armor of God – the sword of the Spirit: …and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. -Ephesians 6:17, NAB We have been given many pieces of armor to protect ourselves, but finally, with the sword of the Spirit, […]

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Mar

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Ephesians 6:17

The Helmet of Salvation… The armor of God would not be complete if we did not protect our minds: And take the helmet of salvation… -Ephesians 6:17, NAB Doubt and fear take root in the mind and spread to the heart and soul.  For this reason, we need to protect our thoughts from the attacks of the […]

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Mar

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Ephesians 6:16

The Shield of Faith… As we continue discussing the armor of God, we are told to pick up the shield of faith to protect ourselves from total destruction: In all circumstances, hold faith as a shield, to quench all (the) flaming arrows of the evil one. -Ephesians 6:16, NAB A traditional arrow aims to kill one […]

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Mar

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The Book Campaign

Mark 16:15… After His resurrection, Jesus had these words for His disciples: [Jesus] said to them, “Go into the whole world and proclaim the gospel to every creature.” -Mark 16:15, NAB Why did I bring up this verse a few weeks before Easter?  Because I need your help.  Waking Up Catholic – the book – is […]

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Mar

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The First to Throw a Stone

John 8:3-7… On the Fifth Sunday of Lent, from the Gospel of St. John, the Pharisees decide to test Jesus: Then the scribes and the Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in adultery and made her stand in the middle. They said to him, “Teacher, this woman was caught in the very act […]

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Mar

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Ephesians 6:15

The Gospel of Peace… The next piece of the armor of God helps us to stand firm – regardless of what we may be facing: …and your feet shod in readiness for the gospel of peace. -Ephesians 6:15, NAB When we think about armor, our feet may seem like a low priority, but as the foundation for […]

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Mar

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Ephesians 6:14, part 2

Clothed with Righteousness… The rest of Ephesians 6:14 describes the second piece of the armor of God: …[Be] clothed with righteousness as a breastplate… -Ephesians 6:14, NAB We continue our discussion on the armor of God by discussing the second half of Ephesians 6:14.  The first portion of this verse, as we read yesterday, tells us […]

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Ephesians 6:14

Girded in Truth… The first piece of the armor of God protects us with the Truth: So stand fast with your loins girded in truth… -Ephesians 6:14, NAB The loins, the area from the ribcage to the hipbone, is one of the most vulnerable areas on the body.  In battle, one shot to this area is […]