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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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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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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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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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‘Stay awake’

‘Stay awake’

| Father Troy Przybilla | December 6, 2019 | 0 Comments

In the Gospel for this first Sunday of Advent, we hear Jesus tell us to stay awake.

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Inviting Jesus to reign in our hearts

Inviting Jesus to reign in our hearts

| Father Joseph Bambenek | November 21, 2019 | 0 Comments

In the depths of most human hearts is a desire to be led by someone who loves us and can protect us and guide us in life. At the root of that desire is the often unseen longing for the love, protection and guidance that only God, the King of the Universe, can truly give. In the times prior to King Saul, the people of Israel offended the Lord by clamoring for a human king like the rest of the nations had, rather than being led directly by God. Getting what they wanted did not work out well due to King Saul’s shortcomings. Yet Saul’s failures did not prevent the Israelites from wanting another king. In the first reading for the Solemnity of Christ the King this year we hear them clamoring for a replacement king once Saul had died; pleading with David to become their king.

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Every brother’s hope: Jesus resurrection

Every brother’s hope: Jesus resurrection

| Father Michael Daly | November 7, 2019 | 0 Comments

The first reading’s narrative from the book of Maccabees this weekend of the martyrdom of seven brothers also contains sure testimony to belief in the resurrection.

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Finding humility and striving to change

Finding humility and striving to change

| Father Terry Beeson | October 23, 2019 | 0 Comments

My mother is 92 and still lives in the house I grew up in. For most of my adult life, every time I’ve gone up to visit her, we’ve played Scrabble — several games of Scrabble. I usually win and win big. But even at 92, she insists on playing.

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Reaching across walls

Reaching across walls

| Father Michael Byron | October 7, 2019 | 0 Comments

Before I entered the seminary I worked in a small community bank.

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