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How can I be joyful?

How can I be joyful?

| Father Michael Schmitz | January 10, 2019 | 0 Comments

Q. This time of the year is difficult for me. I have so much uncertainty and pain in my life, and the holidays often only remind me of my suffering and loneliness. How can a person actually have joy in a world like this?

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The triune God

The triune God

| Father Michael Joncas | January 10, 2019 | 0 Comments

Although centuries of theological reflection have made a connection between the baptism of Jesus and Christian baptism, the ceremony narrated in Luke recounts a mass baptism administered by John the Baptist. In the context of this ceremony, Jesus aligns himself with the Baptist’s message and submits to the ritual activity prompted by his preaching.

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The Eucharist, Christmas and the manger

The Eucharist, Christmas and the manger

| Father Michael Van Sloun | December 19, 2018 | 0 Comments

St. Luke places an extremely high value on the Eucharist, and it is a major point of emphasis woven into the fabric of his Gospel from beginning to end. He artfully inserts a curious detail into his birth account to begin to state his case: Mary “gave birth to her firstborn son … and laid him in a manger” (Lk 2:7). The manger is mentioned twice more in verses 12 and 16.

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Presents will fade, but love remains

Presents will fade, but love remains

| Father Nathaniel Meyers | December 19, 2018 | 0 Comments

According to Forbes Magazine, American holiday spending exceeded $1 trillion in 2016, and it dropped to a little more than $700 billion in 2017. As we are now just a few days away from Christmas in 2018, no doubt Americans have started to rack up an impressive amount of spending again this year.

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What does it mean for something to be blessed?

What does it mean for something to be blessed?

| Father Michael Schmitz | December 6, 2018 | 0 Comments

Q. I recently became Catholic and keep hearing about all of the stuff you have that is “blessed.” Someone even gave me a holy card that they said had been blessed. I like the idea; I just don’t know what it means for something to be blessed.

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Does our life point to Christ?

Does our life point to Christ?

| Father David Hennen | December 6, 2018 | 0 Comments

“A voice of one crying out in the desert.” What a wonderful description of John the Baptist. He is no more than that — the voice. He is the voice that announces Jesus. The one thing that is very clear about John the Baptist is that he knew his purpose. He was steadfast in fulfilling the mission given to him by God. His whole purpose was to prepare for Jesus. “Prepare the way of the Lord, make straight his paths.” His whole being is defined by Jesus. In all that the Gospels tell us about John the Baptist, never did he make it about himself.

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The Eucharist as thanksgiving

The Eucharist as thanksgiving

| Father Michael Van Sloun | November 20, 2018 | 0 Comments

You have no idea how many people have told me, “I don’t get anything out of Mass.” I am quick to reply, “You have it backwards. You don’t come to Mass to get something. You come to Mass to give something, and that something is your thanks to our good and gracious God for the blessings that you have received.”

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King of the Universe

King of the Universe

| Father Michael Joncas | November 20, 2018 | 0 Comments

By means of his encyclical letter “Quas primas,” promulgated in 1925, Pope Pius XI instituted the feast of Christ the King, to be celebrated in the Roman Rite as the last Sunday of the month of October, meaning the Sunday that immediately precedes the Feast of All Saints.

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People say I need friends. Is that true?

People say I need friends. Is that true?

| Father Michael Schmitz | November 7, 2018 | 0 Comments

Q. I keep being told that I “need friends.” I don’t know that I do. I have enough people in my life (and more than enough stuff to keep me busy) that I don’t think that I need “another thing.”

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How much do we actually give?

How much do we actually give?

| Father Tom Walker | November 7, 2018 | 0 Comments

Our Scriptures this weekend invite us to consider the offerings of three different people, beginning with the widow of Zarephath. She encounters the prophet Elijah at a critical time for both of them.

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Become what you receive

Become what you receive

| Father Michael Van Sloun | October 24, 2018 | 0 Comments

The Eucharist has a transformative effect. If we cooperate, the Eucharist has the power to change us, not in a small way, but in a major way, to re-create us into a new and better person. When Jesus gave us the Eucharist at the Last Supper and asked us to “do this in memory of me,” he asked us to receive him, the bread of life, true bread from heaven (Jn 6:41), on a regular basis, because of his deep desire that each of us would have a complete makeover, a total transformation.

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The priesthood of Melchizedek

The priesthood of Melchizedek

| Msgr. Jeffrey Steenson | October 24, 2018 | 0 Comments

In the second reading for Oct. 28, we find this fascinating statement attributed to Christ: “Thou art a priest forever, after the order of Melchizedek” (Heb 5:6). The author of the Epistle to the Hebrews drew this from Psalm 110, a prophecy about the coming of the Messiah.

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