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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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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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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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To do Christ’s work, seek him in prayer

To do Christ’s work, seek him in prayer

| Deacon Michael McClellan | July 17, 2015 | 0 Comments

Jesus knows our needs, and because he is our one true shepherd, his heart is moved with pity for us. He desires all of us to gather to him as his sheep.

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Have faith: God uses our lowliness for greatness

Have faith: God uses our lowliness for greatness

| Deacon Kyle Kowalczyk | July 2, 2015 | 0 Comments

Galileans apparently spoke with a really strong accent. It was probably an accent similar in Israel to a southern accent here in Minnesota: the type of accent at which one likes to poke fun.

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When life’s storms rage, seek Jesus and Mary

When life’s storms rage, seek Jesus and Mary

| Deacon Michael Daly | June 18, 2015 | 0 Comments

The Sea of Galilee is below sea level, within a bowl of hills, and very subject to unpredictable storms. After a hard day’s preaching, Jesus, who governs the universe, is stretched out, asleep in a boat during a violent storm. The apostles’ maritime skills were not enough to endure the waves, so as a last resort, they turn to Jesus to calm the sea.

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Jesus is closest when we receive him in the Eucharist

Jesus is closest when we receive him in the Eucharist

| Deacon Neil Bakker | June 4, 2015 | 0 Comments

“Sing, my tongue, the Savior’s glory, of His Flesh, the mystery sing; of the Blood, all price exceeding, shed by our Immortal King, destined, for the world’s redemption, from a noble Womb to spring” (Hymn Pange Lingua, St. Thomas Aquinas).

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Share gifts, share the joy

Share gifts, share the joy

| Sharon Perkins | May 21, 2015 | 0 Comments

About 15 years ago, my dad traveled to Brazil on business and, while there, he purchased a beautiful gold and aquamarine necklace for my mother. It was stunning. We all admired it when she opened the gift on Christmas morning, after which my sister and I began the usual good-natured jokes about which one of us would inherit the piece.

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Jesus shows how to remain in love when ability is tenuous

Jesus shows how to remain in love when ability is tenuous

| Jean Denton | May 7, 2015 | 0 Comments

This weekend’s Gospel proclaims: “Love one another as I love you,” and “As the Father loves me, so I also love you.”

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Jesus’ flock: not mindless sheep but beloved children

Jesus’ flock: not mindless sheep but beloved children

| Sharon Perkins | April 24, 2015 | 0 Comments

I’ve heard people voice some common misconceptions about small-business owners: They don’t have to work hard because they have employees to do the work for them, they can take time off whenever they want, they can work fewer hours than their hirelings, and they can command a larger salary with impunity.

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For inmates, belief precedes witness

For inmates, belief precedes witness

| April 9, 2015 | 0 Comments

This week’s Gospel is the one in which the apostle Thomas famously doubts Jesus’ resurrection even though the latter suddenly appeared before him within a locked room. Thomas can’t quite believe his eyes. He needs to touch the wounds that would identify his master.

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Choosing meekness leads us toward union with Trinity

Choosing meekness leads us toward union with Trinity

| Deacon Andrew Windschitl | March 26, 2015 | 0 Comments

The Roman soldiers, who among their other acts of violence against Jesus placed a crown of thorns on his head, were correct about one thing: He is a king. This painful irony is not lost on us, especially when we pray the third sorrowful mystery of the rosary.

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