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Praying and giving help us to ‘prepare the way of the Lord’

Praying and giving help us to ‘prepare the way of the Lord’

| Deacon Grant Lacey | December 4, 2014 | 0 Comments

We are being called to prepare the way of the Lord through all of the different wildernesses we experience in our daily lives. We need to prepare the way through the desert of our secular society. Most of all, we need to prepare a way through the wilderness of our hearts.

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To break bad habits, we need God’s grace, people’s support

To break bad habits, we need God’s grace, people’s support

| Father Michael Schmitz | December 3, 2014 | 0 Comments

Q. Every year I try to change my relationship with God. I try to start praying more regularly, avoid some habitual sins, and be an overall better person. But I always seem to fail. I just slip back into my old habits. What can I do?

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Young women share hopes, sorrows in letters to pope

Young women share hopes, sorrows in letters to pope

| Tim Johnson | December 3, 2014 | 0 Comments

Students, supported by St. Mary’s Center for Spirituality and the college’s campus ministry, organized a national letter-writing response to Pope Francis’ outreach to young people to encourage the millennial generation — those born between 1981 and 1995 — to write to the pope about their love for Catholic tradition and offer ideas about how the Church might better reach their demographic.

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Daily Scriptures: November 23 – December 7, 2014

Daily Scriptures: November 23 – December 7, 2014

| November 23, 2014 | 0 Comments

Sunday, Nov. 23
Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe
Ezekiel 34:11-12, 15-17
1 Corinthians 15:20-26, 28
Matthew 25: 31-46

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Our work must be the work of the one true king

Our work must be the work of the one true king

| Deacon Bryan Kujawa | November 20, 2014 | 0 Comments

On Nov. 23, we celebrate the Solemnity of Christ the King. But Jesus did not appear on earth as we would imagine a king to appear. Jesus seems to be saying that he reigns as king somewhere other than earth, and we know the name of his kingdom: heaven.

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St. Andrew accompanies us through Advent

St. Andrew accompanies us through Advent

| Alyssa Bormes | November 20, 2014 | 0 Comments

Nearly three decades earlier, I had picked Andrea/Andrew because I thought it sounded so cool with the rest of my name: Alyssa Marie Andrea Bormes. God, who cannot be outdone, gave the pretentious teenager her sound, but he slipped in a mission along with it.

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How to obtain relics; original Bible manuscripts

How to obtain relics; original Bible manuscripts

| Father Kenneth Doyle | November 19, 2014 | 0 Comments

Q. Why is it so hard to obtain first-class relics? (Also, do I need permission from my bishop to obtain them?)
Q. Where are the original writings of the disciples that were used to put together the Catholic Bible?

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Daily Scriptures: November 9 – November 23, 2014

Daily Scriptures: November 9 – November 23, 2014

| November 9, 2014 | 0 Comments

Sunday, Nov. 9
The Dedication of the Lateran Basilica
Ezekiel 47:1-2, 8-9, 12
1 Corinthians 3:9c-11, 16-17
John 2:13-22

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Adoring, worshiping and loving Jesus in the Eucharist

Adoring, worshiping and loving Jesus in the Eucharist

| Deacon Christopher Gernetzke | November 6, 2014 | 0 Comments

In this Sunday’s Gospel, Jesus Christ institutes a new order of worship. No longer will we worship by simply offering animals in place of man for man’s sins, nor will we pay the temple tax to make everything right for the sake of observing the law. We are now to join Jesus Christ in offering the one sacrifice that he offers: the Eucharist.

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Having faith when our prayers seemingly go unanswered

Having faith when our prayers seemingly go unanswered

| Alyssa Bormes | November 4, 2014 | 0 Comments

When our prayers are seemingly unanswered, our hearts can break. The wound can shake our faith. However, age has given us wisdom. We know that these moments require an act of the will. “In spite of this seeming setback, I believe.” It might be challenging, but this is all a part of spiritual maturity.

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Despair errs because of one thought: Life is worth living

Despair errs because of one thought: Life is worth living

| Father Michael Schmitz | November 3, 2014 | 0 Comments

Q. Is assisted suicide OK? Why should people needlessly suffer?

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News travels fast; let’s make it good news

News travels fast; let’s make it good news

| Deacon Billy Dodge | October 23, 2014 | 0 Comments

Take a cue from those Christians heroically living their faith today and from the Thessalonian Christians of Paul’s time: In their immediate surroundings, they live the great commandment: love God with your whole heart, mind, and soul, and your neighbor as yourself.

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