Faith & Spirituality
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“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
In this column I want to reach out to all women, especially those who have had an abortion. Without diminishing the seriousness of the sin, I want to tell them about the Good News of the Gospel. … more
Our Memorial Day was originally known as “Decoration Day,” an opportunity to decorate many graves of the over 600,000 men who died in the Civil War. It was, by far, our nation’s … more
What a joyous and tumultuous time! The Gospel tells us how elation sprang from despair. In the beautiful story of the disciples on the road to Emmaus, we hear them elate “Were not … more
        The following remarks on Pope Francis’ recently released apostolic exhortation on the Universal Call to Holiness are from a priest of the Jefferson … more
How could we begin to imagine the endless depths of God’s mercy? Consider the following theoretical discussion: A 30th time, Jesus asked him, “Judas, son of Simon, do you love … more
Easter is a time of great joy, hope, and celebration, so why does the Church emphasize our sinfulness and great need for mercy on the Second Sunday of Easter, “Divine Mercy … more
I had forgotten the story until my dad reminded me. One Sunday after Mass when I was 13 years old, I told my dad that I wasn’t sure if I believed that Jesus was really in the … more
Pope Francis was elected five years ago on March 13, 2013. Two firsts about him captured people’s imaginations: the first Jesuit and the first Latin American ever elected Pope. What kind … more
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