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One of my favorite segments of poetry is the fourth stanza of “Easter,” by George Herbert, a 17th-century English writer who put profound ideas into the simplest language. Both Emily … more
It’s Lent. Forty days of dedication to prayer, penance, almsgiving and fasting in the name of the Lord. Not fasting like medical fasting before a scan or surgery. Not trendy intermittent … more
Ten years ago, I bought an Eastern Hemlock and planted it at the edge of a wooded ravine in my backyard. I knew I was tempting fate. Tsuga canadensis is an important species in New England and the … more
For three years in the mid-1970s, my wife and I were Catholic volunteers in a program called VIDA, a peace corps-type program run by the diocese of Pueblo, Colorado. In the summer of 1977, one of … more
Every era faces challenges adapting to the vagaries of weather and climate change. Today, the challenge is global warming, but in the 17th century, the challenge was a global cool-down, a period … more
My second-grade teacher taught us a simple morning offering: “My God, I give You, this day, all that I think and do and say.” It didn’t take me long to see how fraught with peril … more
My second-grade teacher taught us a simple morning offering: “My God, I give You, this day, all that I think and do and say.” It didn’t take me long to see how fraught with peril … more
This article was originally published in the July 13, 2012, print edition of The Catholic Missourian: I heard none of it. Franciscan Father Jozo Zovko was speaking to pilgrims from all over … more
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
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