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Believe in ghosts? Regardless, pray for the dead

Believe in ghosts? Regardless, pray for the dead

| Father Michael Schmitz | November 4, 2015 | 0 Comments

Q. What does the Church teach about ghosts? Are they real? What are we supposed to do with them?

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Daily Scriptures: October 25 – November 8, 2015

Daily Scriptures: October 25 – November 8, 2015

| October 22, 2015 | 0 Comments

Sunday, Oct. 25
Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Jeremiah 31:7-9
Hebrews 5:1-6
Mark 10:46-52

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Amid distractions, prayer helps lead us to Jesus

Amid distractions, prayer helps lead us to Jesus

| Deacon Charles Friebohle | October 22, 2015 | 0 Comments

Just imagine that you’re going up north on vacation, and on the way you see a blind beggar on the side of the road. You stop to help the man, and he tells you something about yourself that not even your family members can see. This describes the Gospel passage for Oct. 25.

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Non-Catholic cantor; confession and dementia

Non-Catholic cantor; confession and dementia

| Father Kenneth Doyle | October 22, 2015 | 1 Comment

Q.I have attended a Catholic church with my husband for 15 years. I am not a Catholic, but I am Christian. We have raised our children as Catholic, and we all attend Mass each week. When I go up in the Communion line with my family, I cross my arms and receive a blessing. Now I have been asked to be a cantor at Mass. Am I allowed to?

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Daily Scriptures: October 11 – October 25, 2015

Daily Scriptures: October 11 – October 25, 2015

| October 11, 2015 | 0 Comments

Sunday, Oct. 11
Twenty-eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Wisdom 7:7-11
Hebrews 4:12-13
Mark 10:17-30

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Detachment key to discipleship

Detachment key to discipleship

| October 7, 2015 | 0 Comments

Nearly six years ago, a young man from California shocked the sports world. At 23 years old, his story made headlines in newspapers all across America. After playing just three years in the minor leagues, this young man, one of the Oakland Athletics’ top prospects on the verge of being called up to the major leagues, retired from professional baseball to study for the priesthood with the Norbertine Order of in Silverado, California.

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For those who suffer, God is on your side

For those who suffer, God is on your side

| Father Michael Schmitz | October 7, 2015 | 0 Comments

Q. I’ve been hurting a lot lately, not only physically, but emotionally and spiritually as well. It seems like no matter what I do, nothing changes. If God has been trying to teach me a lesson, I think I’ve learned it by this point.

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Daily Scriptures: September 27 – October 10, 2015

Daily Scriptures: September 27 – October 10, 2015

| September 27, 2015 | 0 Comments

Sunday, Sept. 27
Twenty-sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Numbers 11:25-29
James 5:1-6
Mark 9:38-43, 45, 47-48

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Suicide and forgiveness; heaven for those B.C.

Suicide and forgiveness; heaven for those B.C.

| Father Kenneth Doyle | September 24, 2015 | 0 Comments

I need an answer. Our son had been suffering from clinical depression since he was 4 years old. All of the doctors and all of the medications we tried over the years seemed to do little to help. One year ago, his own son died in an auto accident at the age of 24, and that seemed to be more than our son could handle; at age 50, he took his own life.

Human remains have been found that are 50,000 years old. But Christ came to earth only 2,000 years ago. Are all those “pagan” people before Jesus now in purgatory? And why did he wait so long to come?

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Avoid concealing own faults behind sins of others

Avoid concealing own faults behind sins of others

| Sharon Perkins | September 24, 2015 | 0 Comments

If you have any exposure at all to social or news media, you cannot escape the relentless public discourse about sin — even if the “s” word isn’t used. Behaviors that used to be whispered about in private, especially if committed by public figures, are now analyzed, condemned, applauded and endlessly commented upon for all to see. Following scandals through the news cycle has become a popular pastime.

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Especially in midst of suffering, cling to Christ

Especially in midst of suffering, cling to Christ

| Jean Denton | September 10, 2015 | 0 Comments

I’ve known Mack since he was 11 years old — that’s 44 years. He grew up in a faithful, practicing Catholic family, much younger than his four older brothers and sisters. He was a young teenager when things started unraveling at home, largely due to alcoholism in the family.

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Feelings aren’t wrong; it’s what you do with them

Feelings aren’t wrong; it’s what you do with them

| Father Michael Schmitz | September 10, 2015 | 1 Comment

Q. I fell in love with a married man. We had been such close friends and then developed feelings for each other. We haven’t done anything wrong, but I really care about him.

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