Faith & Spirituality
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When my adult children were young, they would occasionally inquire on a Sunday morning when having a hard time waking up, ‘Do we have to go to Church?” To which I would reply, … more
I recently had reason to ask others for prayer, and it was a surprisingly tough decision. People have asked me to pray for their health, well being, better employment, employment for their kids, even … 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
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
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