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RELATED VIDEO: "Praying the Rosary" RELATED VIDEO: "History of the Rosary" The Rosary simultaneously manages to be one of the easiest and the most difficult prayers of the Catholic … more
Jesus repeatedly uses kingdom — the Kingdom of God and the Kingdom of Heaven — to describe the fullness of life and profusion of love to which we are all invited. In the epistles, … more
I walked out the door of the infusion center following my final chemo session. After five months of potent drugs and uncomfortable side effects, it was over. Suddenly, the sunshine was … more
Leaning back in my chair, the sky fills three quarters of the window.   Today, it is crowded with billowing cumulus clouds, those puffy wads of white cotton gliding on a flat-bottomed … more
It has been an unsettling few weeks as the specter of abuse and cover-up once again raised its ugly head. Sin demands the light of day. Without it, those acts or omissions fester and rot, … more
The moderator of spiritual formation for the Jefferson City diocese offers the following insights into holiness, based on the teaching of Pope Francis.   In his apostolic exhortation … more
An amazing thing about Scripture is its ability to be perennially new. Even the most familiar passages can offer insights that we have never considered before. All we have to do is to be … more
The Lord spoke in parables because the people would not accept His words if He spoke plainly. Only to His Apostles did He explain the meaning of His words. Yet with His most difficult … more
On the six-month anniversary of my ordination and installation as the fourth bishop of Jefferson City, my heart is full of gratitude for all the good people of central and northeast Missouri who … more
He had been with his wife as she talked and dozed in the infusion chair next to mine. He left for a while, returning with a carryout with an aroma that suggested a succulence and satisfaction … more
Our society holds certain people in high regard. Celebrities, political leaders, the very wealthy. Fame sets them apart, makes them bigger than the life they lead and we see them for what they … more
Chemotherapy has given me fatigue, neuropathy and blood clots. My biggest concern though, is all about food. We humans have 10,000 taste buds. They are grouped into categories — salty, … more
In our Monday group, we start with Sunday’s gospel and see where it goes. This time, it was Mark’s Parable of the Mustard Seed — that tiny seed growing into “the … more
  I came upon a poem by David Whyte titled “What to Remember When Waking.”   It’s about that liminal moment when we first awaken — that fleeting time just … more
“Don’t take a vacation from your vocation!” These words are often repeated this time of year in seminaries across the country. The warning is to remind seminarians of the … more
There was no mistaking it for the upper room: concrete floor, plastic chairs and a thick steel door. But there we were, a bunch of guys, most in orange jumpsuits and shackles, trying to stumble … more
One of the most important duties of a diocesan bishop (and a humbling one, too) is the appointment of the clergy and others to pastoral positions. Several parishes learned last weekend that … more
Q. Recently I read an article in a Catholic magazine that suggested that, in addition to the Ten Commandments, we should use the beatitudes when examining our conscience before going to … more
I’ve always loved the movies. As a child, I dreamed of directing films. Obviously that didn’t work out. Nonetheless, I’ve seen hundreds of them. Many, like the current release … more
It was 50 years ago. Hours after our high school graduation, a friend and I took off to spend the summer working in the missions in Peru. In Lima, the migration from the countryside had begun, … more
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