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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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Daily Scriptures: August 30, 2015 – September 13, 2015

Daily Scriptures: August 30, 2015 – September 13, 2015

| August 30, 2015 | 0 Comments

Sunday, Aug. 30
Twenty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time
Deuteronomy 4:1-2, 6-8
James 1:17-18, 21b-22, 27
Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23

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Vatican and the Middle East; papal trip expenses

Vatican and the Middle East; papal trip expenses

| Father Kenneth Doyle | August 27, 2015 | 0 Comments

Q. The pope will soon be visiting the United States and will speak about the treatment of the poor. Before his visit, many millions of dollars will probably be spent to pretty up the churches in three cities, as well as the surrounding areas.

Some time ago, the same thing happened in San Antonio. Whole neighborhoods were cleaned up just for the pope to drive through them. Could not this money be better spent for direct help to the poor and the homeless?

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Only God’s laws bring true freedom

Only God’s laws bring true freedom

| Deacon Joe Zablinski | August 27, 2015 | 0 Comments

We all desire to be free and to truly live our lives as we are meant to live them. We can try to achieve this in different ways. We can see that the Scots tried to achieve political freedom through fighting a war against the English. Moses tells Israel to observe the Lord’s statutes and decrees “that [they] may live and may enter in and take possession of the land” that God gives them. But more than land and space to live, the first reading for Aug. 30 shows us that God and his law bring true freedom.

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Daily Scriptures: August 16 – August 30, 2015

Daily Scriptures: August 16 – August 30, 2015

| August 16, 2015 | 0 Comments

Sunday, Aug. 16
Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Proverbs 9:1-6
Ephesians 5:15-20
John 6:51-58

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Jesus’ ‘radical’ command inspires deep faith

Jesus’ ‘radical’ command inspires deep faith

| Deacon Mark Pavlak | August 14, 2015 | 0 Comments

In the readings this weekend, we arrive at a very pivotal moment in the great bread of life discourse. Until now, Jesus has only required belief in him as the one sent by the father, a belief difficult enough in itself. He has done many things to merit our belief, like feeding the 5,000 and walking on water. But in the Scripture for Aug. 16, he challenges us to put our belief into action in a very unpalatable way: to eat his body and drink his blood.

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Recipe for holiness is simple: Conform will to God’s will

Recipe for holiness is simple: Conform will to God’s will

| Father Michael Schmitz | August 14, 2015 | 0 Comments

Q. I read about the saints and how extraordinary they were. Some of them did really hard things like only getting a few hours of sleep and doing other painful things. I guess not all of them did outstanding things, but I feel like in order to become a saint I have to do something like not sleep for days or do penance all of the time. How can I be holy?

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Cling to Jesus, not earthly goods, for eternal life

Cling to Jesus, not earthly goods, for eternal life

| Deacon Matthew Northenscold | July 24, 2015 | 0 Comments

Living in one of the wealthiest countries in the world, it’s easy to place our confidence in a well-stocked pantry, or ultimately, a healthy bank account. It is easy to place our confidence in the things we have, rather than in God, who has given them to us.

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Daily Scriptures: July 19, August 9, 2015

Daily Scriptures: July 19, August 9, 2015

| July 19, 2015 | 0 Comments

Sunday, July 19
Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Jeremiah 23:1-6
Ephesians 2:13-18
Mark 6:30-34

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