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Assurance of continuing Christ’s mission

Assurance of continuing Christ’s mission

| Jean Denton | January 26, 2017 | 0 Comments

Once a week, I help at an after-school center in my community. The long-standing program, which provides supervision and enrichment activities for disadvantaged children, is a place of pride for the community because it fills an important need for many struggling families. It has become a valuable resource in improving the prospects for their children.

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Accepting Christ’s gift of forgiveness

Accepting Christ’s gift of forgiveness

| Jean Denton | January 11, 2017 | 0 Comments

I went to the sacrament of reconciliation for the first time at age 33 and, as a convert to Catholicism, I was surprised by a palpable sense of relief and gratitude for God’s forgiveness.

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Weakness, not strength, attracted God’s love, mercy

Weakness, not strength, attracted God’s love, mercy

| Deacon Kenneth Braun | December 19, 2016 | 0 Comments

Heaven has never been won by denying sin or weakness. Sometimes we forget this. Sometimes we can think that if we can accumulate more good deeds than bad, that is what will bring us into the kingdom. We think that the well intentioned people win heaven by not falling too far into sin.

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Be joyful that God is always in control

Be joyful that God is always in control

| Deacon Jeremy Bock | December 9, 2016 | 0 Comments

As we prepare to celebrate the Third Sunday of Advent, Gaudete Sunday, we are reminded of our joy in waiting for the coming of Christ. We have cause for rejoicing in the Lord and his never-failing fidelity to his people that he will come again to gather us to himself for all eternity.

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Watch and prepare, but don’t stop living

Watch and prepare, but don’t stop living

| Deacon Ben Wittnebel | November 22, 2016 | 0 Comments

Advent is a season of preparation for Christ’s threefold coming: in history (at Christmas), into our hearts (through repentance, conversion, saving faith and the sacraments) and at the end of time (his second coming).

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Some consolation: Jesus, not a politician, is lord and king

Some consolation: Jesus, not a politician, is lord and king

| Deacon Chad VanHoose | November 9, 2016 | 0 Comments

Every other November in the United States, we can count on contentious political elections as we hear doomsday readings at Sunday Mass. Coincidence?

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Don’t let sin stop you from seeking Jesus

Don’t let sin stop you from seeking Jesus

| Deacon Brandon Theisen | October 26, 2016 | 0 Comments

I don’t like being judged for my sins. When I was younger, I would do two things to conceal my identity when I went to confession.

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By persevering in prayer, we share in Christ’s life

By persevering in prayer, we share in Christ’s life

| Deacon Matt Shireman | October 13, 2016 | 1 Comment

Both the first reading and the Gospel from Oct. 16 speak about the importance of persistent prayer. Moses is an Old Testament figure for intercessory prayer. In the first reading, he prays for Joshua and the army of Israelites who are in battle against the Amelkites. Moses’ two helpers, Aaron and Hur, are with him on top of a mountain during this time of prayer and ultimately, they hold his hands up so that the Israelites win the battle.

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Generosity not optional for Christians

Generosity not optional for Christians

| September 21, 2016 | 0 Comments

If you were to ask 100 random people on the street what Catholics are known for, what do you think they would say? Of all those people, how many do you think would say “generosity”? Unfortunately, my suspicion is that the number would be very few.

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Mistakes and mercy

Mistakes and mercy

| Jeff Hedglen | September 7, 2016 | 0 Comments

One of the greatest fears of my childhood was getting caught doing something bad and having to face my dad. It’s not that he was mean or abusive, it’s just that I did not want to disappoint him, and this caused a knee-jerk reaction of fear whenever such situations would arise.

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Practicing our faith will prepare us for Jesus

Practicing our faith will prepare us for Jesus

| Deacon Nicholas Froehle | August 2, 2016 | 1 Comment

During the Passover, after carrying out the instructions God revealed to Moses, the Israelites await their salvation. In their journey to the Promised Land, God reveals himself to his people, but this means the Israelites are called to adhere to the covenant. When they are faithful to the Word of God, they receive abundant blessings. When they turn away, they experience hardships, their enemies prevail, and they’re unhappy.

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God longs to give us his greatest gift

God longs to give us his greatest gift

| Deacon Bryce Evans | July 21, 2016 | 0 Comments

“We would sooner grow weary of receiving God’s gifts than he would grow weary of bestowing them upon us.”

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