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How to live without Mass

How to live without Mass

| Father Michael Schmitz | April 1, 2020 | 0 Comments

Q. Masses have been canceled. How are we supposed to survive as Catholics, much less continue to grow and raise our families in the faith?

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Confirmation: The next series on the sacraments

Confirmation: The next series on the sacraments

| Father Michael Van Sloun | March 26, 2020 | 0 Comments

The objective of this column is to help Catholics, in particular, as well as anyone else who has a desire to learn about our beliefs, to better understand the basic teachings of the Catholic faith. The sacraments are an excellent place to start because they have such a central role in the spiritual life. So important, in fact, that an “active Catholic” is defined as someone who is receiving the sacraments.

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Tears of Jesus show he understands sorrow

Tears of Jesus show he understands sorrow

| Father Dan Haugan | March 26, 2020 | 0 Comments

Banksy, the anonymous English street artist and vandal, once said, “You die twice. One time when you stop breathing and a second time, a bit later on, when somebody says your name for the last time.”

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Is Christianity about relationship, not religion?

Is Christianity about relationship, not religion?

| Father Michael Schmitz | March 12, 2020 | 0 Comments

Q) Some of my co-workers seem to think that I believe my religion saves me. They say that Christianity is about a relationship, not a religion.

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Learning how God sees us

Learning how God sees us

| Father Joseph Bambenek | March 12, 2020 | 0 Comments

One of the most helpful insights I gained in seminary was learned from therapist Paul Ruff during a talk he gave on the importance of friendship in the priesthood: the deepest desire of the human heart is to love and be loved, to know another and to be known by one whom we love.

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Protecting our identity as children of God

Protecting our identity as children of God

| Father Troy Przybilla | February 26, 2020 | 0 Comments

Several years ago my car was broken into, and they stole a bag that contained all of my personal information.

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How do I get better at being generous?

How do I get better at being generous?

| Father Michael Schmitz | February 13, 2020 | 0 Comments

Q. I find myself being less-than-generous quite often. I want to have a better attitude, but people keep wanting things from me: They want my time, my help and my financial support. How do I get better at being generous?

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Christ calls us to a mutual relationship

Christ calls us to a mutual relationship

| Father Toulee Peter LY | February 13, 2020 | 0 Comments

In our readings for this Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time, we are reminded what a great gift freedom is in our lives.

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Jesus, obedient Son of Israel

Jesus, obedient Son of Israel

| Father Byron Hagan | January 30, 2020 | 0 Comments

We are accustomed to thinking of our Catholic religion as the “fulfillment” of the Judaism that came before it, and rightly so. But it would be a one-sided interpretation of the idea of “fulfillment” to mean by it simply “superiority” with respect to Judaism. In a very real sense Christianity is in fact a different religion from Judaism as it was practiced in the time of Jesus.

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‘A light to the nations’

‘A light to the nations’

| Father Michael Joncas | January 13, 2020 | 0 Comments

Last weekend’s readings marked both the first Sunday in Ordinary Time and the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord, concluding the celebration of Christmastide. It comes as a bit of a surprise, then, that the Gospel for this Sunday is not taken from Matthew and also recounts John the Baptist’s testimony about Jesus in the Gospel of John. Nevertheless the first reading, psalm and Gospel assigned for this weekend all invite us to consider what it means to be the Servant of God.

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Jesus’ gift to us at Christmas and always

Jesus’ gift to us at Christmas and always

| Father Michael Van Sloun | December 19, 2019 | 0 Comments

Gifts are a big part of Christmas. We shop for gifts, give gifts and look forward to receiving gifts. The practice of gift giving at Christmastime finds its origins in the Magi who brought gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh to the infant Jesus (Mt 2:11); and in St. Nicholas, who gave his wealth to the poor, food to the hungry, encouragement to prisoners and three separate gifts of gold to a father to pay the dowry for his three daughters. The single greatest gift of Christmas is Jesus himself, the gift of the Father to the human race.

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Embracing God’s promise

Embracing God’s promise

| Father Dan Haugan | December 19, 2019 | 0 Comments

The Thanksgiving week snowstorm caused me to do something I had planned to do for months: set up all the bells and whistles on my TV.

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