Faith & Spirituality
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“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
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
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
“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
        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
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
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
“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
“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
“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
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