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‘Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?’

‘Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?’

| Father Peter Ly | October 22, 2020 | 0 Comments

Have you ever asked yourself why the greatest of the commandments is to “love the Lord, your God”?

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The new encyclical’s formidable challenge

The new encyclical’s formidable challenge

| David Gibson | October 15, 2020 | 0 Comments

The social encyclical Pope Francis released in October extends a formidable challenge to us all, the challenge to create “a different culture.” What kind of culture? It is the kind where people who basically are indifferent toward each other and deeply divided resolve their conflicts and begin to “care for one another” (No. 57).

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‘Fratelli Tutti’: Being a good neighbor

‘Fratelli Tutti’: Being a good neighbor

| Daniel S. Mulhall | October 15, 2020 | 0 Comments

Pope Francis, in his new encyclical “Fratelli Tutti, on Fraternity and Social Friendship,” explores what it means to be a good neighbor. Reflecting on the parable of the good Samaritan (Luke 10:25-37), the pope explains the importance of caring for others to build healthy relationships within families and communities, and then in our cities, nations and world.

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The fruits of the Holy Spirit

The fruits of the Holy Spirit

| Father Michael Van Sloun | October 15, 2020 | 0 Comments

In the reception of the sacrament of confirmation, the person receives the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit, wisdom and understanding, counsel and strength (fortitude), knowledge and fear of the Lord (Is 11:2), and piety. These gifts are not to sit idle or be kept in storage. Rather, they are to be put to good use so they will bear much fruit.

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Jesus calls us to sacraments, prayer

Jesus calls us to sacraments, prayer

| Father Michael Creagan | October 8, 2020 | 0 Comments

In 1993, St. Teresa of Kolkata sent a letter to the members of her order. She wrote, “I worry some of you still have not really met Jesus — one to one — you and Jesus alone.

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What’s the one virtue I can’t neglect?

What’s the one virtue I can’t neglect?

| Father Michael Schmitz | October 8, 2020 | 0 Comments

Q) I know that I should grow in virtue, but I’m not sure where to start. If I were to grow in any virtue, which one should I make sure I don’t neglect?

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Saying yes to those in need

Saying yes to those in need

| Father Robert Hart | September 24, 2020 | 0 Comments

Two themes jumped out at me when I first glanced at this Sunday’s readings: fairness and the ability to say no. In the first reading (Ez 18:25-28), we hear Ezekiel talking about fairness. “You say the Lord’s way is not fair! Is it my way that is unfair, or rather, are not your ways unfair?”

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The gifts of the Holy Spirit

The gifts of the Holy Spirit

| Father Michael Van Sloun | September 16, 2020 | 0 Comments

Seven gifts of the Holy Spirit are imparted on those who receive the sacrament of confirmation.

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Celebrate God’s mercy that forgives debts, and then do likewise

Celebrate God’s mercy that forgives debts, and then do likewise

| September 9, 2020 | 0 Comments

This weekend, my community of St. Patrick in Oak Grove finally gets to celebrate the elimination of our parish debt — after 19 years, thanks be to God!

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A disciple is a decision-maker

A disciple is a decision-maker

| Father Michael Schmitz | September 1, 2020 | 0 Comments

Q) I made the decision to go on a trip with friends during this pandemic. We were planning on being safe, of course, and I came across the words “don’t cancel the trip” randomly in a book I was reading. But now I feel uneasy and I wonder if the Holy Spirit is trying to tell me something, or if it’s just me overthinking or even the bad spirit trying to confuse me and raise doubts.

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Anointing with oil during confirmation

Anointing with oil during confirmation

| Father Michael Van Sloun | August 26, 2020 | 0 Comments

A special kind of oil, sacred chrism, is an integral part of the celebration of the sacrament of confirmation. The minister dips his right thumb into a small bowl of chrism, then raises his oiled thumb, places it on the forehead of the candidate, and with a stroke down and a stroke across, anoints the forehead in the shape of a cross with the words, “Be sealed with the Gift of the Holy Spirit.” The anointing with holy oil imparts the seal of the sacrament.

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Remaining open to God’s will

Remaining open to God’s will

| Father Nels Gjengdahl | August 26, 2020 | 0 Comments

I have had the privilege of being a high school chaplain for eight years. It was not the assignment that I imagined having when I was ordained a priest, but I have found such great joy in serving God in this capacity.

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