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God wants a ‘yes’ to his Word and openness to his presence

God wants a ‘yes’ to his Word and openness to his presence

| Deacon Albert Wugaa | February 15, 2012 | 0 Comments

In our first reading, the prophet Isaiah brings an oracle from the Lord that calls us to be attentive to the ever life-giving, forgiving and healing presence of the Lord.

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How should I select godparents for my child?

How should I select godparents for my child?

| Father Michael Van Sloun | February 1, 2012 | 2 Comments

When it comes time to baptize a child, it is also time to select the godparents. This is a major decision. It is a spiritual matter, and the choice should be based upon spiritual criteria.

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What’s in a name? Plenty if you’re a Christian

What’s in a name? Plenty if you’re a Christian

| Father Michael Van Sloun for The Catholic Spirit | January 19, 2012 | 1 Comment

With a pregnancy, the birth of a child and the celebration of the sacrament of baptism, a name must be chosen for the child. A name is a word that identifies an individual, a personal designation. This is a not a decision that should be taken lightly. The selection of the name is the duty of the parents.

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A whale of a story

A whale of a story

| Deacon Nick VanDenBroeke | January 18, 2012 | 0 Comments

We are called to live, today, in light of gaining eternal life, tomorrow

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Let us be the stars that point others to Jesus

Let us be the stars that point others to Jesus

| Deacon Robert Abotzabire | January 4, 2012 | 1 Comment

This great feast of Epiphany is a commemoration of Christ’s manifestation to the gentiles in the person of the Magi, as well as his baptism and first miracle at Cana.

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Incarnation calls Christians to live differently in light

Incarnation calls Christians to live differently in light

| Deacon Ben Little | December 21, 2011 | 0 Comments

Not all that long ago, during my time in college, I was taking a course on Aristotle’s “Nicomachean Ethics,” one of the most important works of all of Western civilization.

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Mary restores order in history with her resounding ‘yes’

Mary restores order in history with her resounding ‘yes’

| Deacon Kevin Abakisi | December 14, 2011 | 1 Comment

Immediately after Mary says, “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word,” history is restored to the right order.

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Our Lady of Guadalupe

Our Lady of Guadalupe

| December 7, 2011 | 0 Comments

On Dec. 9, 1531, Juan Diego Cuauhtlatoatzin, an indigenous Catholic convert, was walking to the city of Tlaltelolco in central Mexico to attend Mass. As he approached a hill called Tepeyac, a rainbow appeared amid shimmery white clouds and he heard a woman calling his name.

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St. Nick: Patron of Christmas gift-giving

St. Nick: Patron of Christmas gift-giving

| Father Michael Van Sloun for The Catholic Spirit | December 1, 2011 | 1 Comment

Dec. 6 is the feast day of St. Nicholas (c. 280 – 345 A.D.), one of the most popular saints for Advent and Christmas. St. Nicholas, or St. Nick as he is often called, is the inspiration behind Santa Claus and a big reason we exchange gifts at Christmastime.

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John the Baptist uses all his actions and words to point us to Jesus

John the Baptist uses all his actions and words to point us to Jesus

| Deacon Evan Koop | November 30, 2011 | 1 Comment

Clothed in his rustic garb, he stands on a pedestal that bears the Latin inscription of his famous words Ecce Agnus Dei, “Behold the Lamb of God!”

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Have you been asking God the wrong question?

Have you been asking God the wrong question?

| Deacon Brandon Moravitz | November 22, 2011 | 0 Comments

A few weekends ago, I was enjoying a quiet evening at the seminary, when suddenly I received a flood of text messages from family and friends sharing with me their excitement of “bagging” a deer on opening day of the deer hunting season.

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Christ, our king, models humble service rather than haughty reign

Christ, our king, models humble service rather than haughty reign

| Deacon Ben Kociemba | November 10, 2011 | 0 Comments

The church celebrates the feast of Christ the King Nov. 20, and invites us into a mystery that is paradoxical.

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