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Church can teach us about the art of ‘wise hospitality’

Church can teach us about the art of ‘wise hospitality’

| Deacon Andrew Jaspers | August 17, 2012 | 0 Comments

This Sunday’s first reading about Wisdom from the Book of Proverbs (9:1-6) opens our ears and minds to the meaning of Sunday’s Gospel.

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We must be attentive to the signs of God’s presence

We must be attentive to the signs of God’s presence

| Deacon Joah Ellis | August 2, 2012 | 0 Comments

Signs play a big part in our lives. We encounter them all the time, often without even realizing it. Think, for example, of just how many road signs you encounter even on a short drive. They are all meant to stand for something else, to point out what lies ahead on the road. This is exactly why they are so important. By indicating the rules of the road and what we will soon encounter, they lead us safely to our destination.

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Our priests help us to grow closer to Christ

Our priests help us to grow closer to Christ

| Deacon John Drees | July 18, 2012 | 1 Comment

Have you ever seen or done something that you ­couldn’t wait to tell a friend about? You may have wished that your friend was right beside you. Or you pulled out your cell phone and called or texted that person immediately.

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Sometimes, the messenger gets in the way of the message

Sometimes, the messenger gets in the way of the message

| Deacon Andrew Brinkman | July 3, 2012 | 1 Comment

Mark reports that Jesus has come back to his hometown, Nazareth, for the first time since beginning his public ministry.

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John the Baptist sets example for living faith

John the Baptist sets example for living faith

| Deacon Leonard Andrie | June 18, 2012 | 0 Comments

Imagine that you are hosting a fancy party with the best of food and drink for your family and friends.

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Body of Christ goes beyond close-knit relationships

Body of Christ goes beyond close-knit relationships

| June 6, 2012 | 0 Comments

In my young adult years, it was such a joy to attend Mass with a group of friends who all participated in the same Bible study.

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Holy Spirit provides the peace we need to produce good works

Holy Spirit provides the peace we need to produce good works

| Deacon Ben Kociemba | May 23, 2012 | 0 Comments

On this weekend we celebrate the feast of Pentecost, which marks the last weekend in Easter.

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Friendship with Jesus requires love and respect for his commands

Friendship with Jesus requires love and respect for his commands

The Lord tells us this Sunday that he is love, and that we are to remain in his love.

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A good shepherd, like a grain of wheat, will give up life for others

A good shepherd, like a grain of wheat, will give up life for others

| Deacon Ben Hadrich | April 26, 2012 | 0 Comments

I once heard the Paschal Mystery described succinctly as “dying equals rising.”

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Put yourself in Gospel scene to fully hear John’s message of faith

Put yourself in Gospel scene to fully hear John’s message of faith

| Deacon Manuel Gomez | April 11, 2012 | 0 Comments

When I was a teenager, I attended a workshop on prayer.

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Eavesdrop on conversation between Jesus and a disciple on Palm Sunday

Eavesdrop on conversation between Jesus and a disciple on Palm Sunday

| March 28, 2012 | 0 Comments

Imagine you are the beloved disciple walking next to Jesus as he rides into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday.

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Love is more than Valentine’s cards and puppy dogs

Love is more than Valentine’s cards and puppy dogs

| Jeremy Ploof | March 14, 2012 | 0 Comments

The readings for Mass the weekend of March 18 tell of Jesus’ great love for you. It’s that simple. I could almost end this column here.

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