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Learning to be alone well is  part of Christian discipleship

Learning to be alone well is part of Christian discipleship

| Father Michael Schmitz | March 30, 2016 | 0 Comments

Q. I try to follow God in the way that it seems like he is calling me to, but I find that I am often walking alone. I am not surrounded by people who are pursuing God like I believe I am called to. Am I doing something wrong?

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‘My Lord and my God’

‘My Lord and my God’

| Jeff Hensley | March 30, 2016 | 0 Comments

Jesus is risen! He is risen, indeed!

And that seems to be much of what the readings for April 3 reflect.

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Fasting during Lent; status of last rites

Fasting during Lent; status of last rites

| Father Kenneth Doyle | March 15, 2016 | 0 Comments

On the two obligatory days of fasting, I do fast, but I sometimes wait until just after midnight and then satisfy my hunger with an amount of food not in keeping with the notion of fasting.

When we asked about the last rites, he told us that they don’t do the last rites anymore. Did I miss something, or am I misinformed?

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Suffering an opportunity to unite ourselves to God

Suffering an opportunity to unite ourselves to God

| Deacon Adam Tokashiki | March 15, 2016 | 0 Comments

Many people today consider suffering something to be avoided at all costs. For those without faith, suffering is a mystery, a meaningless misfortune that randomly affects some people. But experience shows us that suffering is a basic human experience, one that affects every single human being to various degrees.

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Dealing with ‘twin sins’ of despair and presumption

Dealing with ‘twin sins’ of despair and presumption

| Father Michael Schmitz | February 29, 2016 | 0 Comments

Q. You’ve spoken about God’s love before and how it is important to know that God will never stop loving us. But my issue is that I teach young people who seem to think that, since God loves them, it doesn’t matter how they live.

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A question for Lent: Why are we faithful?

A question for Lent: Why are we faithful?

| Deacon Paul Strommer | February 29, 2016 | 0 Comments

We know it as the “parable of the Prodigal Son,” the story that possesses a remarkable quality: the ability to consistently produce new questions within us. What question will arise in us this Sunday?

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What should I do for Lent?

What should I do for Lent?

| Father Michael Schmitz | February 3, 2016 | 0 Comments

Q. Lent is right around the corner, and I never seem to know what to do for the season. I’ve tried giving things up, but it always seems a bit hollow. What should I do?

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Build Christ’s community where it’s needed most

Build Christ’s community where it’s needed most

| Jean Denton | February 3, 2016 | 0 Comments

In the Gospel for Feb. 7, Jesus calls his first disciples to follow him and join his mission to bring all people to God’s way of life.

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Support for miscarriage; lamp for Blessed Sacrament

Support for miscarriage; lamp for Blessed Sacrament

| Father Kenneth Doyle | January 21, 2016 | 0 Comments

Q. Until my own personal experience in losing a child, I had no realization as to how deeply a miscarried baby can touch one’s heart. I am still puzzled that the Catholic Church does not have something more formal for grieving parents after a miscarriage occurs. Are there any resources, prayers or rituals available for the numerous parents who sit with empty arms?

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Hope: the answer to disappointment

Hope: the answer to disappointment

| Jeff Hedglen | January 6, 2016 | 0 Comments

The lessons from both “Ziggy” and this Theology On Tap discussion came rushing back to me when reading this week’s Gospel, which starts out, “The people were filled with expectation, and all were asking in their hearts whether John might be the Christ.”

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Should I apologize when I feel like a burden to people?

Should I apologize when I feel like a burden to people?

| Father Michael Schmitz | January 6, 2016 | 0 Comments

Q. I sometimes get overwhelmed by the burden I place on the people around me. Even when people help me, I feel so guilty that I can’t stop apologizing. Lately, my friends and family have told me that I apologize too much. But isn’t that a good thing?

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Mary teaches us to hope in her son, Jesus Christ

Mary teaches us to hope in her son, Jesus Christ

| Deacon Barry Reuwsaat | December 17, 2015 | 0 Comments

When I was in third grade, I spent many days playing backyard football with my friends. On one particular occasion, I was tackled on the cement and fractured my left collarbone. I got up and walked home to see my mother for help.

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