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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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Selling items in church; Maria Goretti’s remains

Selling items in church; Maria Goretti’s remains

| Father Kenneth Doyle | December 17, 2015 | 0 Comments

Q. I am wondering about Church law (and your own feelings) on people coming to Mass and being confronted every week with different parish clubs and organizations trying to sell something. I’ve always thought that we go to Mass to show our reverence for the Lord and not to walk into a flea market.

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Sacrifice is not arbitrary — it’s about trust

Sacrifice is not arbitrary — it’s about trust

| Father Michael Schmitz | December 2, 2015 | 0 Comments

Q. I’m afraid of sacrifice. Not that I am afraid of giving up stuff or letting go of what I need to let go of, but I am afraid of what God might possibly call me to sacrifice some day.

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How are you preparing a way for the Lord?

How are you preparing a way for the Lord?

| Deacon Charles Mugabi | December 2, 2015 | 0 Comments

Growing up, I observed how my family prepares for visitors. Whenever we expect a relative, friend, priest or government official, we prepare a couple of things to show hospitality, depending on how long the visitor is staying. Usually, we clean the house thoroughly, including the back yard, washrooms and couches, prepare good food, and, if a visitor is staying for a couple of days, then his or her bed is properly made. My family takes time to prepare for visitors so that they can experience a warm welcome and feel at home.

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Good St. Nick

Good St. Nick

| Jessica Weinberger | December 1, 2015 | 0 Comments

Feast day celebrations point to saint’s charity

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