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The Triduum: Living a Paschal Life

This talk was delivered as part of the Lenten Speaker Series at St. Anselm Parish in St. Louis, MO. In it, Tony discusses how the Triduum, the most solemn liturgical celebration in Christianity, is not merely to be experienced, but lived. Th...
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The Invitation to be Co-Creators with God

“The Lord God then took the man and settled him in the garden of Eden, to cultivate and care for it” (Genesis 2:15). In our culture, we place a premium on working hard, grinding it out, less rest, and more productivity. The underlying assumpt...
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Entering Deeper into Lent with Just A Little Talk

We all have something in life we struggle with. Things that we find difficult to deal with, and don’t really know where to begin addressing them. This could be something personal or relational. Maybe it is a vice we just can’t seem to shake off,...
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Learning Asceticism from the Desert Fathers and Mothers

Welcome to another installment of FRESHImage Presents! We’re at the midway point of the Lenten Season, and if we’ve really decided to challenge ourselves this Lent to grow in holiness and virtue, perhaps some of what we’ve decided to “give up” o...
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Perpetua & Felicity: Striving for Eternal Happiness

The desire for happiness is a universal human experience. From of old philosophers have constructed their theories of what it means to live a good life based on this self-evident truth and have sought to articulate for the human family the path ...
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We Dare to Say: The Lord’s Prayer as Penitential Practice

Welcome to FRESHImage Presents! Have you ever felt like you were just rattling off the words of the Lord’s Prayer and not really praying them? I know I have! We all have, we all get distracted, it’s so easy to fall into that trap and forget that...
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Polycarp: A Patron Saint for Lent

February 23rd Today the Church commemorates one of the most acclaimed figures of its early life, St. Polycarp, bishop and martyr. The greatness of Polycarp’s reputation is really astounding when one considers how little we know of his life. H...
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Ash Wednesday: The Price of Becoming Combustible

In this edition of FRESHImage Presents, Tony reflects on the meaning of the ashes we receive at the beginning of Lent this Ash Wednesday. These ashes have an important message for us as we begin our Lenten journey toward personal and communal he...
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