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Christ’s sacrifice helps us make our own

Christ’s sacrifice helps us make our own

| Deacon Dan Gehler | November 4, 2015 | 0 Comments

So many times when we hear the readings on Sunday we think, “Oh, it’s this one again,” and we might tune out because we think we know what it’s all about. The readings for Nov. 8 can fall into that category.

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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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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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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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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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