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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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Letting God love us, no matter what

Letting God love us, no matter what

| Father Michael Schmitz | March 9, 2017 | 0 Comments

Q. I sometimes get so down on myself. Even though I want to do good, I keep messing up. The problem is, I know that it is my own fault, so I feel bad about asking God for help.

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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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Fighting the ‘noon-day devil’ of acedia

Fighting the ‘noon-day devil’ of acedia

| Father Michael Schmitz | February 8, 2017 | 0 Comments

Q. I sometimes just wish that I could run away from the life I am living. There is nothing terribly wrong with it, but I get this feeling that I should just leave this behind and try something new. Is this a sign that I should?

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Posture during Our Father; Catholic-Jewish wedding

Posture during Our Father; Catholic-Jewish wedding

| Father Kenneth Doyle | January 26, 2017 | 0 Comments

– “Orans” posture during the Our Father
– Catholic-Jewish wedding

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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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How should we think about our past?

How should we think about our past?

| Father Michael Schmitz | January 11, 2017 | 0 Comments

Q. How much weight should I give to my past? I’ve been told that I need to forget the past and move forward, but it seems like there ought to be something more to it.

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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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Miracles for sainthood; God and masculine pronoun

Miracles for sainthood; God and masculine pronoun

| Father Kenneth Doyle | December 19, 2016 | 0 Comments

Q. I have read that miracles are required before someone can be proclaimed a saint. Can you tell me more about the process and perhaps give some examples of miracles for saints recently canonized?

Q. I would very much like to know the Church’s official position on whether God should be referred to as “Father” (that is, in masculine terms) or as a genderless being.

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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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