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Fr. Ian is a Catholic Priest of the Diocese of Raleigh, NC. He is assigned to St. Bernadette Catholic Church as a Parochial Vicar, and he writes on prayer and meditation at www.ianvanheusen.com.

Marriage Preparation
Faith & Life

3 Ways How You Can Prepare for Your Future Spouse (Gospel Reflection)

Father Ian VanHeusen presents a gospel reflection and spiritual exercise on the Mass readings from the 33rd Sunday in Ordinary…

gospel reflection
Faith & Life

Conquer the Day: Four Points for Morning Meditation (Gospel Reflection)

Father Ian VanHeusen presents a gospel reflection and spiritual exercise on the Mass readings from the 32nd Sunday in Ordinary…

leadership gospel reflection
Gospels

5 Things Jesus Teaches About Leadership (Gospel Reflection)

Is your authority building up, or tearing down? Presenting five things that Jesus teaches about leadership, used as an examination…

immigration gospel reflection
Controversial Subjects

The Immigration Issue: How to Discern Amidst Controversy (Gospel Reflection)

How do we approach controversial political issues from a Catholic perspective, especially ones as charged as immigration? Discerning what we’re…

gospel reflection
Gospels

Are You Building Up or Tearing Down? Which Kind of Person do You Want to Be?

On social media, at work, at home, in your community, at school… are you building up or are you tearing…

Gospel reflection
Gospels

You’re Invited to the Party. How do You Respond? (Gospel Reflection)

How do you respond to an invitation to a party? Jesus uses the metaphor of a party invitation to talk…

Conscience Gospel reflection
Gospels

Is Your Life Bearing Fruit? An Examination of Conscience (Gospel Reflection)

Are you bearing fruit? Seeing our own limitations, forming and examining our conscience, and connecting with God’s mercy is something…

Gospel reflection
Gospels

How to Overcome the Sense that “Life is Unfair” (Gospel Reflection)

“Life is not fair!” Such a temptation and a thought-trap. How do we get past this pitfall? Today’s Gospel reflection…

gospel reflection
Gospels

3 Keys to Drawing Loved Ones Back to God (Gospel Reflection)

How can you help fallen-away family members return to the Lord? Many of us ache over our loved ones’ separation…

resolve conflicts
Gospels

How Do You Resolve Conflicts With Others? Three Key Insights (Gospel Reflection)

How do you resolve conflicts with family, friends, in social situations, in the Church? The key to holiness is not…

Gospel reflection
Faith & Life

The Weakness of St. Peter: What He Teaches Us About Surrendering Our Fears (Gospel Reflection)

How do you deal with suffering? How do you learn to push through discomfort, fear and anxiety for the sake…

testimony
Gospels

“Who do you say that I am?” 3 Key Points and a Video on Christian Testimony (Gospel Reflection)

What does it mean to testify to Jesus Christ? Have you ever had the opportunity to proclaim your faith? Peter’s…