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Let's be farmers

Let's be farmers Father Tyler Tenbarge inspired this column. A few weeks ago, he served as homilist for a special Mass for farmers at St. John the Evangelist Parish in Daylight. At that time, our entire region was thoroughly waterlogged. It’s getting better as I type this, but our farm families are still feel...
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Wednesday, July 17, 2019

'… there is freedom'

'… there is freedom' "Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom” (2 Corinthians 3:17). This column appears in an issue of The Message that is dated July 5 – the day after our country’s celebration of Independence Day – the day upon which the Declaration of...
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Wednesday, July 03, 2019

'Take care of everything'

'Take care of everything' “Jesus, I surrender myself to You, take care of everything!” – The Surrender NovenaI found a tri-fold holy card with The Surrender Novena recently at St. John the Evangelist Parish in Daylight. Parish staff member Jane Young takes care of the holy cards and medals the parish makes...
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Wednesday, June 19, 2019

The value of Catholic education

The value of Catholic education Friends, every year around this time we get a subtle-but-significant reminder of Catholic education’s value. It’s subtle because folks don’t really tout or otherwise dwell on it. But if you take the time to do some quick math, you certainly will discover that reminder’s sign...
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Thursday, June 06, 2019

Complexity hurts

Complexity hurts A few weeks ago, Diocesan Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministry Steve Dabrowski wrote a column about how complexity ruins things. He’s right. I can think of any number of ways that complexity hurts all of us; but in my opinion, complexity most impairs our ability to learn. The easiest ex...
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Thursday, May 23, 2019

Holy Mary, Mother of God

Holy Mary, Mother of God Spoiler alert – Columnist Kristine Schroeder is going to tell you a lot of wonderful things about the Rosary in her May 17 column. We are, now, almost two weeks into the Marian month of May. This is a wonderful time to contemplate Mary and her “perfect prayer,” the Rosary. I have...
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Wednesday, May 08, 2019

More on the Holy Veil of Manoppello

More on the Holy Veil of Manoppello There is more to the Holy Veil of Manoppello than Catholic News Service reporter Junno Arocho Esteves included in the CNS feature that appeared in the April 19 issue of The Message. He didn’t have enough space to include everything. Before moving to Evansville, I worked in the Atlanta area fo...
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Thursday, April 25, 2019

Friends, let's all pay attention

Friends, let's all pay attention Next Thursday – Holy Thursday – we will commemorate Jesus Christ’s institution of the Eucharist at the Last Supper. We actually do that at every Mass. “Do this in memory of me,” He said. We have; we will at Holy Thursday Mass; and we will until He returns. The Eucharis...
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Thursday, April 11, 2019

Look!

Look! “Some people, in order to discover God, read books. But there is a great book: the very appearance of created things. Look above you! Look below you! Read it. God, whom you want to discover, never wrote that book with ink. Instead, He set before your eyes the things that He had made. Can you...
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Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Work in progress

Work in progress “Do you not know that you are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?” (1 Corinthians 3:16). I got up early one recent Sunday morning and went to the 6 a.m. Mass at St. Benedict Cathedral in Evansville. I knew that ongoing renovation work had transformed the sanctua...
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Thursday, March 14, 2019