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Vogel: In truth and humility

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

FR. BROOKE: Three steps to joy

        The following remarks on Pope Francis’ recently released apostolic exhortation on the Universal Call to Holiness are from a priest of the Jefferson … more

FR. FLATLEY — What does it mean to be holy?

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

Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord ...

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

Father Geoffrey Brooke reflects on discerning the Priesthood

“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

VOGEL — Bread from heaven

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

Archbishop Wenski: Despair will not have the last word

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

Vogel: Hidden messages

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

Vogel: In all things, humility

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

Hemrick: Words for the grief-stricken?

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

Vogel: Wait for the Lord ...

“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

FR. BROOKE: Summer spiritual fitness

“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

Nies: “Happy Peace!”

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

Vogel: The grace of listening

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

VOGEL: Resurrection reality

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

Voices from the Vineyard: Standing in Bolivia

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

Papal Audience, March 21, 2018

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

HOSFFMAN OSPINO: The Latino effect of Pope Francis at year five of his pontificate

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

FANUCCI: How to hold doubt and grow faith

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

LIFE ISSUES FORUM: Celebrating mercy during Easter

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
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