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In August, she said she was feeling fine. In September, she died from the metastatic breast cancer she had lived with since 2002. The death of Cokie Roberts was all over the news. A journalist for … more
Guilt is a great recruiter, even on a sunny Saturday in September. There were other things that I preferred to be doing, but I hadn’t helped much lately. So there I was, standing outside of … more
Bishop W. Shawn McKnight issued the following letter on Sept. 13, 2019, to be distributed to parishes the weekend of Sept. 14-15: Dear Faithful of the Diocese of Jefferson City, On Friday, the Missouri Attorney General issued … more
There is something about a couple of inches of rain in late August. The grass, only days before struggling in the arid summer heat, suddenly surges back to life. The flowers seem to have a new … more
The following is a message from the Jefferson City diocese’s diocesan coordinator of women’s ministry: "Train the young in the way they should go; even when old, they will not swerve … more
We had a commencement at Healing House. Previous ones had women with their stories of abuse, drugs, bad behavior and lost children — a downward spiral until they found God waiting at the … more
A little early and with limited fanfare, we had another addition to the family last week. Caroline Louise made her debut, cute as a button and a testament to God’s hope for the … more
Several weeks ago in your column, you stated that Mary remained a virgin after Jesus’ birth and for the rest of her life. The Bible states otherwise. Matthew 1:24-25 says that Joseph … more
Chemists and economists speak of equilibrium conditions, where the concentrations of reactants and products, or supply and demand, are in balance. If you have a bottle of soda water with the cap on, … more
We were having a planning session, discussing a vision of what our work might look like in five years. One participant, after painting a detailed picture of what she saw as needed, finished by … more
Somewhere beyond deadline, my mind drifts back to the teachers, mentors and friends who helped me figure out how to get to where I am. The professor who said, “Make it beautiful if you … more
We spent a week on the Carolina coast. Each morning, I’d take a chair and a book to the beach. I’d swim in the warm water and then work my way through a few sandy pages, but mostly … more
If you ever have religious conversations with our Protestant brothers and sisters, chances are you’ve been asked why Catholics insist on keeping Christ on the cross. Protestant places of … more
Fr. Gallagher’s ministry to people in the slums of Lima, Peru, who are infected with HIV receives support from the Diocesan Mission Collection: Henry comes calling once and sometimes twice a … more
What is an offering for a Mass intention? For some, their first encounter with a Mass offering is at a funeral service. There’s those piles of envelopes, obviously meant for money, with … more
Bishop W. Shawn McKnight released the following statement on June 13, at the close of the U.S. Catholic Bishops’ 2019 spring general assembly in Baltimore: I am returning to our Diocese … more
My days have been crowded and dimmed by bad news. Harried times and sad times have a desiccant effect, making my mood brittle, my soul dry. Wednesday morning arrived early before the darkness had … more
A dear friend died last week and the world lost a much-needed saint. She was only the farmer’s daughter who grew up to be a wife and widow, mother of six and sole provider. She worked late … more
It began last Friday in our prayer group. We call it that, but it is just some guys struggling to keep it honest, caring and faithful, without surrendering a sense of humor. One man described … more
following reflection for Child Abuse Prevention Month is from the victim assistance coordinator for the Diocese of Jefferson City:    “There is a garden in every childhood, an … more
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