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Seek Jesus’ healing in the confessional

Seek Jesus’ healing in the confessional

| Deacon Robert Gonnella | March 22, 2017 | 0 Comments

Our readings this week are all about being seen. We hear in the first reading that it is not until Samuel sees David that he is able to anoint him and bestow the gifts of the Lord upon him. St. Paul tells us in the second reading that even though we were once in darkness, we are now light in the Lord. Thus, we are to live as children of the light and do the things that are pleasing in the sight of God. Finally, the Gospel tells us that it is not until Jesus sees the blind man that he is able to perform the miracle of restoring his sight. All of these readings show us how important it is for us to be seen by the Lord. While this may seem like a simple point, it is one worth reflecting on in order for us to grow in our spiritual lives.

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Despite our sinfulness, Jesus thirsts for us

Despite our sinfulness, Jesus thirsts for us

| Deacon Chris Weber | March 16, 2017 | 0 Comments

Chances are, we’re all familiar with this weekend’s Gospel. But did you ever notice that there’s not just one, but two thirsty people at the well?

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Consolation and desolation

Consolation and desolation

| Deacon Brian Eckrich | March 9, 2017 | 0 Comments

The Gospel reading for this second Sunday of Lent presents us with St. Matthew’s account of the Transfiguration. Jesus takes Peter, James and John to the top of Mount Tabor, where “he was transfigured before them; his face shone like the sun and his clothes became white as light.”

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Don’t go it alone this Lent

Don’t go it alone this Lent

| Deacon Andrew Thuringer | March 2, 2017 | 0 Comments

In the Gospel for this first Sunday of Lent, we are told that immediately after his baptism, Jesus goes out into the desert, “to be tempted by the devil.” But is that all he is up to for those long 40 days?

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When the world becomes too much

When the world becomes too much

| Jeff Hedglen | February 22, 2017 | 0 Comments

I will be showing my age and possibly run the risk of losing many Generation X and millennial readers when I use this example, but sometimes when I feel at the end of my rope, or look around at the state of the world or even look at how my day-to-day life can seem out of control, I often think of a 1970s television show called “Hee Haw.”

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Take God’s gift of freedom to next level

Take God’s gift of freedom to next level

| February 8, 2017 | 0 Comments

Most people would agree that living an ethical life boils down to our personal choices between “good” and “evil.” Others might use different criteria, such as useful or not useful, pleasurable or not pleasurable, etc. Whatever our standards, we value the freedom to identify our own paths as one of the most treasured aspects of being human, and we resist someone else telling us what to do.

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Assurance of continuing Christ’s mission

Assurance of continuing Christ’s mission

| Jean Denton | January 26, 2017 | 0 Comments

Once a week, I help at an after-school center in my community. The long-standing program, which provides supervision and enrichment activities for disadvantaged children, is a place of pride for the community because it fills an important need for many struggling families. It has become a valuable resource in improving the prospects for their children.

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Accepting Christ’s gift of forgiveness

Accepting Christ’s gift of forgiveness

| Jean Denton | January 11, 2017 | 0 Comments

I went to the sacrament of reconciliation for the first time at age 33 and, as a convert to Catholicism, I was surprised by a palpable sense of relief and gratitude for God’s forgiveness.

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Weakness, not strength, attracted God’s love, mercy

Weakness, not strength, attracted God’s love, mercy

| Deacon Kenneth Braun | December 19, 2016 | 0 Comments

Heaven has never been won by denying sin or weakness. Sometimes we forget this. Sometimes we can think that if we can accumulate more good deeds than bad, that is what will bring us into the kingdom. We think that the well intentioned people win heaven by not falling too far into sin.

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Be joyful that God is always in control

Be joyful that God is always in control

| Deacon Jeremy Bock | December 9, 2016 | 0 Comments

As we prepare to celebrate the Third Sunday of Advent, Gaudete Sunday, we are reminded of our joy in waiting for the coming of Christ. We have cause for rejoicing in the Lord and his never-failing fidelity to his people that he will come again to gather us to himself for all eternity.

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Watch and prepare, but don’t stop living

Watch and prepare, but don’t stop living

| Deacon Ben Wittnebel | November 22, 2016 | 0 Comments

Advent is a season of preparation for Christ’s threefold coming: in history (at Christmas), into our hearts (through repentance, conversion, saving faith and the sacraments) and at the end of time (his second coming).

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Some consolation: Jesus, not a politician, is lord and king

Some consolation: Jesus, not a politician, is lord and king

| Deacon Chad VanHoose | November 9, 2016 | 0 Comments

Every other November in the United States, we can count on contentious political elections as we hear doomsday readings at Sunday Mass. Coincidence?

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