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September 07, 2009

Laboring never to ask for reward

By Jon Leonetti

"To Toil and not seek for rest. To Labor and not ask for reward, except for knowing that I do your will." Peace to all! I hope your Labor Day was full of both rest and family fun. Labor Day has always been one of my favorite holidays. It is short and non-commercialized, which for me, propels it right to the top. The physical and mental labor that each of us do on a day by day basis in our schools, jobs and homes should not be ignored, being rightfully rewarded with a day to "catch our...

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August 24, 2009

Peace?

By Jon Leonetti

What is peace? If you have never once sat down and tried to put a definition to it, try right now, then continue reading after you are finished.  (This is when the Jeopardy music is supposed to start playing…)  Before we take a deeper look at what this term "peace" is, I want to first determine what peace is not.  How many times do we get swept up in the day-dream of "peace?" Things are hectic in our lives, times are difficult, and we simply put our hands on our chins and dream of what...

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August 10, 2009

Choosing to give our all

By Jon Leonetti

The British Open, one of professional golf's four yearly major championships, saw something that stunned golfing fans around the world a couple weeks ago.  Tiger Woods, the world's number one golfer, did not make the cut to compete.  Big deal, right?  Well, to Sports Nation, this was huge.   You may not be a golf fan, but you have certainly heard of Tiger.  Even my grandma knows       who he is, and he has never even been on "The Price is Right."  Everyone knows Tiger Woods.  And how can...

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July 27, 2009

Souly Walking: What I've Learned

By Jon Leonetti

As I write this column I am less than one week from walking into Ocean City, N.J., where myself and another friend will have completed our walk across America.  This is very exciting for us, as we have done our best for the past five months to bring the Gospel to the streets.  For this article, I have chosen to reflect on something that I have learned from this walk in faith.   This journey has undoubtedly been the most difficult journey I will ever take in my life (I am very confident in...

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July 20, 2009

Choose

By Jon Leonetti

Last week I asked you to reflect on four central questions which pertain to the very core of our existence.  These are not questions that necessarily have one answer as I stated before, but are there to help us see our own uniqueness and purpose in this life.  Continue to take these questions before our Lord and His Mother in prayer.  Then, and only then, will our vision of "living greater" deepen within our loving God.   This week I want to concentrate on this choice that we have been...

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July 13, 2009

Who? What? Why?

By Jon Leonetti

Who are you?  Whose are you?  What is your purpose?  And why does it all matter?   If you have ever asked yourself one of these questions, or all of them for that matter, realize you are not alone.  Millions of people, from the beginning of time, have asked themselves these same questions.  And it is GOOD to do so!  If we CHOOSE not to reflect on these questions we WILL NEVER be able to "cast out into the deep" as John Paul the Great asked us to do.  We will simply remain on the surface,...

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July 06, 2009

Walking Across America

By Jon Leonetti

Hello to all! My name is Jon Leonetti and I will be taking over this column full-time in September as Rusty (a good friend) makes his way to NYC to live out a vocation to the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal. I could not be more excited for Rusty as he dives into the plan our Lord has set out for him. For the first column I have decided to give you a short biography of who I am, allowing the readers to know a little bit more about me. So here it goes... The United States spans some 3,500...

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June 29, 2009

Crowd Control...

By Rusty Montgomery

“And there was a woman who had had a flow of blood for twelve years, and who had suffered much under many physicians, and had spent all that she had, and was no better but rather grew worse. She had heard the reports about Jesus, and came up behind him in the crowd and touched his garment. For she said, "If I touch even his garments, I shall be made well." And immediately the hemorrhage ceased; and she felt in her body that she was healed of her disease.” -Mark 5:25-29   May the Lord...

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June 15, 2009

Time to Party...

By Rusty Montgomery

“I received from the Lord what I handed on to you, namely, that the Lord Jesus on the night on which he was betrayed took bread, and after he had given thanks, broke it and said, “This is my body, which is for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” In the same way, after the supper, he took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood, Do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me.”   May the Lord give you His peace!!   Can I get an AMEN for being Catholic? This past...

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June 08, 2009

Every Day...

By Rusty Montgomery

“You can experience this life in Christ every day” Fr. Scott Courtney   My friends, may the Lord give you His peace!   This past weekend I was on a Teens Encounter Christ (TEC) retreat with local high school students. May God be praised for His grace and mercy as I am still in awe of His goodness. I am sure most of us have had those moments in our lives where we get a nice jumpstart or lifeline to give us a new perspective and outlook on life. I am inspired by the young people I met...

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