Faith & Spirituality
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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
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
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
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
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
Q. Why can’t we eat meat on Fridays? A. This practice is one of the disciplines of Lent that has the goal of love and surrender to God. It requires a break in the normal routine of our day … more
Headline: “Jesus cures cancer — millions saved!”   We may wish that such were the case, especially if we or our loved ones have been afflicted. We may even question, … more
Poor St. Valentine! Today’s commercializing of the holiday that bears his name overshadows the faith origins of the date and the saint’s sacrifice in the early centuries of the Church. … more
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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
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
“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
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
“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
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
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
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