Faith & Spirituality
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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
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
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
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
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
For some, Lent seems like a huge, oppressive, onerous time of the year. For others, it doesn’t seem like a big deal and just seems like a couple of hoops to jump through. I hope neither case … more
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
“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
“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
“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
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
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
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
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
“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
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
“Love one another.” Such a simple command. Amazing how the master of destruction finds ways to make it difficult. Jesus knows the doubt the evil one sows in the hearts of women … more
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