Faith & Spirituality
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Jesus taunts the religious authorities, the Pharisees and the Herodians. These were politically motivated groups that opposed each other but conspired together against Jesus. It’s easy to … 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
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
For the Month of Remembrance, the chairman of the Diocesan Liturgical Commission offers the following thoughts on the Catholic Funeral Rites and Burial: “In the face of death, the Church … more
“You know you’ll never get married or have kids?” More often than not, that was the response I got when telling someone I was studying to be a Catholic priest. It was usually followed with, … 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
In the wake of the Feb. 14 school shootings in Parkland, Florida, which left 17 people dead, Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski of Miami wrote this spiritual reflection for Catholic News Service on how … more
We have known people who are persons of few words, but when they do speak, it is with gravity and those who hear their words pay attention.   In the Gospel of John, we read that Jesus, … more
Again, Jesus admonishes the Jewish elite of His time. How had God’s Chosen People become so corrupted? Perhaps a better question is, “How can a humble person be a leader in a society … more
Grief comes in many forms: losing a valued heirloom, a job or a home filled with beautiful memories. The list of heartbreaks is unending. However, losing a loved one with a whole life ahead of … more
“Be watchful! Be alert! ...” Jesus’ words are unsettling, a warning of things to come but we are not told what it is that is coming. Is it danger? What fate will befall us? Or is it a … 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
Evergreen garland, pastel ornaments, the Beach Boys’ “It’s the Little St. Nick” and Paul McCartney’s “Simply Having a Wonderful Christmastime.” These were downright jarring to me … more
John the Baptist says, “Behold, the Lamb of God,” and they follow. Jesus says, “I will make you fishers of men,” and they go with Him. He preaches in the temple and with a word, even … 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 is an encapsulization of a firsthand account of a mission experience by Allison Dethlefs: The darkness pressed in on me as I fumbled to shut off my alarm. I used to be … more
Dear brothers and sisters:   In our continuing catechesis on the Mass, we now turn to its culminating moment in the rite of Holy Communion. The Lord’s gift of Himself at the Last … 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
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
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
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