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The power of the Holy Spirit at confirmation

The power of the Holy Spirit at confirmation

| Father Michael Van Sloun | May 23, 2018 | 0 Comments

Confirmation imparts the gift of the Holy Spirit. The person who receives this sacrament has already received the Holy Spirit in the sacrament of baptism, and the Holy Spirit abides with a person always. The Holy Spirit comes when a person prays or reads Scripture, or when a person asks the Holy Spirit for guidance, inspiration or courage. Confirmation is not the new arrival of the Holy Spirit, but rather an intensification of the presence and power of the Holy Spirit.

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A mystery to be worshipped

A mystery to be worshipped

| Father Michael Joncas | May 23, 2018 | 0 Comments

With the Most Holy Trinity celebrated May 27, the Church invites us to contemplate one of the central mysteries of the Christian faith: the triunity of God.

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How can we avoid a ‘greenhouse faith’?

How can we avoid a ‘greenhouse faith’?

| Father Michael Schmitz | May 8, 2018 | 0 Comments

Q. It used to be easy to believe in Jesus when I was younger, but with all the suffering in the world and in my life, I just don’t know. Why is it harder for me now than when I was younger?

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The empire that never fades

The empire that never fades

| Father Nathaniel Meyers | May 8, 2018 | 0 Comments

It matters not whether the empire is in athletics, business or politics. All worldly kingdoms will come to an end.

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The great ‘I am’

The great ‘I am’

| Father Terry Beeson | April 23, 2018 | 0 Comments

Whenever I proclaim the Gospel of John at Mass, it is not uncommon for me to encounter an episode when Jesus makes an “I am” statement. And when I do, I really try to give the words an extra oomph, a little more emphasis: “I AM the bread of life …” “I AM the light of the world …” “I AM the Good Shepherd …” “I AM the resurrection and the life …” “I AM the way and the truth and the life …”

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The powerful effects of the Eucharist

The powerful effects of the Eucharist

| Father Michael Van Sloun | April 23, 2018 | 0 Comments

The most holy body and blood of Christ, the Eucharist, is a rich source of abundant blessings, and it has many powerful effects.

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When a loved one’s death tests our faith

When a loved one’s death tests our faith

| Father Michael Schmitz | April 11, 2018 | 0 Comments

I have been having a really hard time trusting God lately. Ever since a family member died, I keep blaming God and finding it difficult to keep my faith. Do you have any thoughts on what I can do?

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Jesus is right in our midst

Jesus is right in our midst

| Father David Hennen | April 11, 2018 | 0 Comments

Last Sunday, we heard from John’s Gospel about the resurrection appearance to the disciples in the locked room and specifically about Thomas, who doubted. On this third Sunday of Easter, we have another resurrection appearance from the Gospel of Luke.

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The biblical foundations of the Eucharist

The biblical foundations of the Eucharist

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

Jesus instituted the Eucharist on Holy Thursday at the Last Supper, and the three Gospel accounts of the institution narrative, as well as St. Paul’s explanation of the tradition of the institution of the Eucharist, serve as the biblical basis for the sacrament of the Eucharist.

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Christ crucified: More than a Good Friday event

Christ crucified: More than a Good Friday event

| Father Robert Schwartz | March 20, 2018 | 0 Comments

A man wanted to challenge his bright 8-year-old. He took a map of the world down from the wall and tore it into many pieces. He called his son into the kitchen and showed the boy the tattered map. He said, “My boy, if you can put this map back together so that the world is one once again, I will give you $20.”

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From fearful faith to fearless faith

From fearful faith to fearless faith

| Father Michael Joncas | March 6, 2018 | 0 Comments

The few verses appointed in the lectionary for the Fourth Sunday of Lent in Year B (Jn 3:14-21) offer an embarrassment of riches in terms of the themes the Gospel writer touches upon: being “lifted up”; the connection of belief in the Son of God and eternal life; the mission of the Son (“so that the world might be saved through him”); and the contrasts between believing or being condemned, loving light or darkness, doing evil or doing the truth, all of which provide rich fare for meditation and preaching.

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‘Test of Three’ can help us eliminate gossip

‘Test of Three’ can help us eliminate gossip

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

Q. I know that you have commented on gossip in the past, but I sometimes struggle with practical ways to determine whether I should share information. Do you have any advice?

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