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During the early days of Russia’s unprovoked war on Ukraine, before Western journalists had been ordered to toe the Russian propaganda line or leave, TV cameras showed a very elderly Moscow … more
The author is a lifelong examiner of history and public policy. Vladimir Putin had a sentimental but deadly dream. He wanted to recreate “Little Russia,” as Ukraine has long been … more
This is a more specific version of a list of suggestions Cathedral of St. Joseph parishioner Ed Bode adapted after receiving them from Catholic parishes in Janesville, … more
The pastor of Holy Family Parish in Hannibal and St. Joseph Parish in Palmyra and moderator for spiritual formation for the Jefferson City diocese offers the following message for Advent: We are … more
On Sept. 11, 2002, the Kansas City Star published readers’ reflections on the one-year anniversary of 9/11. This was mine: I don’t think anyone will forget my birthday. Not my 31st, … more
In my homily for the weekend of Aug. 21-22, I chose not to dwell on the second reading (Ephesians 5:21-32), in which St. Paul presents his teaching on married life. Instead, I want to address it … more
This editorial, titled “Three questions to consider before posting or commenting on social media,” was published online June 15 by The Catholic Post, newspaper of the Diocese of … more
For nine years of my Priesthood, I was the vocation director for the diocese of Jefferson City. That means I was blessed and honored to travel across 36 counties in rural Missouri to all Catholic … more
The following reflection is by a fifth-generation member of the Mission of Sacred Heart in Bevier. Diagnosed with autism at age 9, he communicates solely through writing. Walking through the year … more
The morning of the Feb. 25 began with planned blood tests and PET/CT Scans — a look to see what the effects of the treatment has had, good or bad. I found myself with a growing nervousness … more
I ponder two questions when I kneel and stand in church, reciting our prayers in unison with our fellow parishioners. First, do we concentrate on what we are saying, putting our hearts into our … more
It always intrigues and challenges me to hear life coaches talk about the importance of “beginning with the end in mind.” St. Benedict of Nursia certainly had the end in mind over … more
“A prison cell, in which one waits, hopes, and is completely dependent on the fact that the door of freedom has to be opened from the Outside, is not a bad picture of Advent.” — … more
Holy Mother Church will soon be asking us all to pray with the Church triumphant in heaven on All Saints Day and to pray for the Church suffering on All Souls Day. And so as we continue to fight the … more
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