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How can curiosity be a bad thing?

How can curiosity be a bad thing?

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

Q. I have heard that curiosity can be considered a vice. That doesn’t make any sense to me. The advances of science, technology, and social reforms wouldn’t have happened if people had suppressed their natural desire to venture into the unknown and ask questions that challenged the status quo. It seems more like an intimidation tactic on the part of institutions.

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Eucharistic devotions

Eucharistic devotions

| Father Michael Van Sloun | September 26, 2019 | 0 Comments

Eucharistic devotions are spiritual practices outside of the Mass that give honor to Jesus present in the Blessed Sacrament, as well as opportunities to pray to Jesus in an intensified and personal way in his very presence.

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Lazarus and who?

Lazarus and who?

| Msgr. Jeffrey Steenson | September 26, 2019 | 0 Comments

In the unsettling parable of Lazarus and the rich man in Luke 16:19-31, Jesus speaks of the fate of a rich man who enjoyed everything that money could buy yet insulated himself from the needs of the poor.

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Meet some angels of the Bible

Meet some angels of the Bible

| David Gibson | September 19, 2019 | 0 Comments

“In my old age ‘angels,’ as I call them, have come to me,” a 95-year-old woman named Erminia told Pope Francis during his March 2015 visit to Naples, Italy. Her angels included “young and not-so-young people,” she explained. They “help me, visit me, support me in my daily struggles.”

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How can I offer correction to family members?

How can I offer correction to family members?

| Father Michael Schmitz | September 11, 2019 | 0 Comments

Q. I have family members who are Catholic, but they openly do not live as Catholics. I don’t know how to offer them correction. What do I do?

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Transformed by Christ

Transformed by Christ

| Father Michael Joncas | September 11, 2019 | 0 Comments

This Sunday’s Scriptures are not easy to hear for those of us who live observing God’s commandments and the precepts of the Church. Our behavior leads us to think of ourselves as “insiders,” those who belong to the community of Jesus’ followers with all the privileges that entails. And yet the selection from Luke’s Gospel that we hear today warns us that we may discover ourselves “outsiders” when the Reign of God that Jesus proclaimed is brought to completion.

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Striving for heaven

Striving for heaven

| Father Tom Margevicius | August 21, 2019 | 0 Comments

I read somewhere (maybe Dale Ahlquist can find it) that GK Chesterton wrote, “Modern man has stopped longing for heaven and now takes it for granted that he will get there.”

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Reverence for the Eucharist

Reverence for the Eucharist

| Father Michael Van Sloun | August 21, 2019 | 0 Comments

Imagine for a moment a personal audience, not with the president, the CEO of a Fortune 500 company, a Nobel laureate or a highly acclaimed author — but with Jesus himself, the Son of God. What an awesome privilege. Nothing could be better. This privilege happens every time we are in the presence of the Eucharist or receive holy Communion. As we would hold a person of high stature in great esteem, all the more should we offer our utmost respect and reverence to Jesus in the Eucharist. There are ways to express that reverence:

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Can we have a sense of humor about God?

Can we have a sense of humor about God?

| Father Michael Schmitz | August 8, 2019 | 0 Comments

Q. The Catechism defines blasphemy as “directly opposed to the second commandment. It consists in uttering against God — inwardly or outwardly — words of hatred, reproach, or defiance; in speaking ill of God; in failing in respect toward him in one’s speech; in misusing God’s name.” My issue is that humor about God would seem to be blasphemy by this definition, even if it is not done out of hatred or anger toward God. This is particularly hard for me, because humor is an important part of all my close relationships, and it is very hard to have a meaningful relationship with the Lord if I have to exclude many kinds of humor from it.

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Embracing God’s gift of faith

Embracing God’s gift of faith

| Father Tom Walker | August 8, 2019 | 0 Comments

Sister Della Boucher and members of her community of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet were holding vigil during her final hours here on earth. One close friend asked this very faith-filled servant of God if she had any fear approaching death. Sister Della replied:
No, but I’m very curious to know what Jesus looks like.

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Pleading to a patron: An ancient view of prayer

Pleading to a patron: An ancient view of prayer

| Father Michael Joncas | July 23, 2019 | 0 Comments

If we understand prayer as communication with a divine power that has charge over life and its details, it becomes clear why many contemporary U.S. citizens, even some Catholic Christians, have difficulty with prayer.

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The Eucharist as remembrance

The Eucharist as remembrance

| Father Michael Van Sloun | July 23, 2019 | 0 Comments

Jesus asked his apostles and those who would follow to continue the eucharistic celebration that he began. Paul was the first to record the specific request that Jesus made. After Jesus took the bread and broke it, he said, “This is my body that is for you. Do this in memory of me” (1 Cor 11:24). Likewise, after Jesus offered the cup he said, “Do this, as often as you drink it, in memory of me” (1 Cor 11:25).

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