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Thoughts on Lent, suffering, sacrifice and Confession

Thoughts on Lent, suffering, sacrifice and Confession Lent begins next week, and penance is its foundation. The Catechism of the Catholic Church (see paragraph Nos. 1430-1439) notes that penance is part of the call to conversion – first of our interior selves, then outwardly through visible signs. I urge you to read these few paragraphs soon. Th...
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Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Human trafficking brings a call to prayer

Human trafficking brings a call to prayer   This weekend – especially Saturday – pray to St. Josephine Bakhita. Ask her to intercede for the survivors and victims of human trafficking.   Saturday is the National Day of Prayer for Survivors and Victims of Human Trafficking, which was designated and approved by the U.S....
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Monday, February 03, 2014

A(nother) step into the future . . .

A(nother) step into the future . . .   The unknown that lies before is always an act of faith. It is more than the belief that the risk of a new adventure will bring variables, changes and unforeseen realities. It is faith because of a firm conviction that man does not walk alone. He walks with his sometimes unseen and unfelt fel...
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Monday, January 20, 2014

Renewal through 'the most expressive icon of Christian hope'

Renewal through 'the most expressive icon of Christian hope' For as long as I can remember, hope has consumed my thoughts at the start of a new year. We go to Mass that day to observe the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God. Just a few short months ago, Pope Francis offered a beautiful insight that helped me understand why my hope soars on the first day of the...
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Tuesday, January 07, 2014

'It's beginning to look a lot like ….'

'It's beginning to look a lot like ….'   I suspect it’s impossible to read the headline above without hearing the melody that accompanies it in their minds. Certainly, it’s from a traditional and very popular Christmas song.   I didn’t write that headline because it’s from my favorite Christmas song. Ac...
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Sunday, December 15, 2013

The time for New Year's resolutions is now

The time for New Year's resolutions is now   Now that we’re almost a week into the new year, how are you doing with your resolutions?   Wait … what?! It’s not time for resolutions? The new year is still weeks off, you say?   Not in our Church. The first Sunday of Advent – Dec. 1 this year – marks...
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Monday, December 02, 2013

Thanksgiving thoughts and wishes, a little early

Thanksgiving thoughts and wishes, a little early   Yes, I know; Thanksgiving is almost two weeks off. But I hope you’ll humor me this week. Thank you – all of you. Thank you for helping us make The Message the very best community newspaper for the Diocese of Evansville. You’ve done that, in the almost-four months I’ve...
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Monday, November 11, 2013

Recognizing and fighting the devil's attacks

Recognizing and fighting the devil's attacks Anxiety, I’ve learned, represents the devil’s attacks on us. “Wait,” you say, “what?!” You heard me – anxiety represents the devil’s attacks. Let’s dig a little deeper into that concept. First – what is anxiety? Webster says it is “a...
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Monday, November 04, 2013

God's presence in our lives? Pay attention now

God's presence in our lives? Pay attention now   Several weeks ago, God blessed me with the opportunity to hear Deacon John McMullen deliver his first-ever homily. In it, he said something that inspired me to write what follows. As way of setting up one of his final points, Deacon McMullen said, “We all know someone who says they jus...
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Monday, October 21, 2013

Trust in God's mercy - just don't take it for granted

Trust in God's mercy - just don't take it for granted   Do you know how fortunate you are? Do you have any idea how fortunate all of us are – that God chooses to have mercy on us? I believe we often take mercy for granted – more often than we should. Like you, I suspect, this whole concept doesn’t stay at the front of my mind; o...
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Monday, October 07, 2013