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Stage plays are broken down into acts. Sporting events are separated into quarters, innings, possessions, drives and plays. Symphonies are composed of movements. Books are split into chapters, while … more
At a wedding, we found ourselves at a table with a couple who were good friends with the groom’s parents. The men had worked together for over 30 years, and the four stayed close in … more
At the conclusion of the retreat earlier this month convoked by our Holy Father, Pope Francis, for the bishops of the United States in light of the clergy sexual abuse crisis, I returned to Missouri … more
In grade school, I was taught by the Grammarian Sisters. Actually, they were Sisters of the Incarnate Word, but their commitment to good grammar for a bunch of country kids was heroic. I remember … more
With God, like all great comedians, it’s all about the timing. For us who appreciate the divine act, it’s all about waiting. Zechariah and Elizabeth knew about waiting. For years, … more
“Be watchful!” and “Be alert!” are two traditional spiritual commands often heard by Catholics during the Advent season in preparation for the birth of Christ at Christmas. To … more
Since I experienced my personal encounter with God, I felt deep joy, gratitude and a burning calling to discipleship. This experience has taken me to serve the Lord everywhere I’ve lived, in El … more
The truth exists and it cannot be changed or undone. Whether you know it, whether you believe it, whether you love it or whether you hate it. It is immutable. When Pontius Pilate asked Jesus if … more
I’d guess he’s a student by the bookbag on his back and his usual proximity to the university. He is tall, thin and black — none of which would normally call attention or capture … more
Click here for a PDF version for printing Bishop McKnight issued the following statement on Nov. 16, 2018: The November General Assembly of Bishops in Baltimore was a difficult but … more
“Imagine if tomorrow you woke up with only those things that you thanked God for today.” To live gratefully is the best way to live that I know — the best way to the joy, depth … more
“Out of the depths I call to you, Lord; Lord hear my cry.” I thought of Psalm 30 when we were visiting Carolyn’s 99-year-old father at his Utah nursing home. It was sung by … more
The following is Bishop W. Shawn Mcknight’s Nov. 8, 2018, statement on release of names of priests and religious brothers credibly accused or re-moved from ministry in the Diocese of Jefferson … more
It was a baleful beginning to the week. On Monday, a former president and others received pipe bombs in the mail. A man in Florida assumed the seat of judgment and the only mercy in his court was the … more
“For in a severe test of affliction, the abundance of their joy and their profound poverty overflowed in a wealth of generosity on their part.” (2 Corinthians 8:2) It was a little past … more
The bishop of the Diocese of Jefferson City issued the following statement on Aug. 23: When our Lord established the Church, he promised to remain with us always until the end of the world. Jesus … more
In anticipation of its arrival, we spent the waning light picking the last fruits of the garden and lugging in the plants. We could feel it coming in the crispness of the air and hear its … more
A line from a Christian song: “There was a rich young man, he went away sad; he wanted the things above along with the things he had.” Such an endless struggle, we are human and want … more
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
Bishop W. Shawn McKnight of Jefferson City preached the homily at the Archdiocese of St. Louis’s Red Mass, on Oct. 7 in the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis. The Red Mass is celebrated … more
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