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Let us REJOICE and celebrate our Catholic faith and identity!

Let us REJOICE and celebrate our Catholic faith and identity!             On Saturday, May 14, the Diocese of Evansville will celebrate the kick-off of its annual Signature Event, “REJOICE: A Catholic Community Celebration,” at the Ford Center in downtown Evansville.  In addition to the Sacrament of Reconcil...
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Wednesday, May 04, 2016

The best apologetics? Living our faith with the joy of the Gospel

The best apologetics? Living our faith with the joy of the Gospel I read a letter to the editor recently that intrigued me. In it, a newspaper reader challenged a member of that paper’s editorial staff by observing that the staff member’s archive of published work suggested anti-Catholic bias. The reader went on to invite that editorial person to visi...
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Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Physician-assisted suicide is contrary to key Catholic social teaching

Physician-assisted suicide is contrary to key Catholic social teaching Contrary to one of the key principles of Catholic social teaching, there is an ever-increasing threat to human dignity in the form of a rather aggressive campaign to legalize physician-assisted suicide.  Though masked as an act of compassion and dignity, the intent is to legalize the providing...
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Wednesday, April 20, 2016

'Amoris Laetitia' is vintage Pope Francis

'Amoris Laetitia' is vintage Pope Francis             The Apostolic Exhortation, Amoris Laetitia (“The Joy of Love: On Love in the Family”) is vintage Pope Francis. A self-described “son of the Church,” Pope Francis clearly possesses a very keen intellect and pastoral heart. ...
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Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Standing in the shadow of the cross

Standing in the shadow of the cross             On Good Friday, we stand in the shadow of the cross.  On this day, the second of the three sacred days known as the Triduum, we call to mind the ultimate sacrifice of Jesus Christ for the sake of our salvation.  He laid down his life that we...
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Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Joseph, pray for us!

Joseph, pray for us!             The month of March is often associated with the Lenten Season, the beginning of spring (at least, the “official” starting date), St. Patrick’s Day and, in some years like this one, Easter.  The Solemnity of St. Joseph, Husband of...
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Thursday, March 17, 2016

A Lenten Reflection on the Sunday Gospels

A Lenten Reflection on the Sunday Gospels             The Gospel passages for the five Sundays of Lent, leading up to Passion Sunday and Holy Week, include the following: The Temptation of Jesus in the Desert (1st Sunday, Luke 4:1-13), The Transfiguration of Jesus (2nd Sunday, Luke 9:28-36), The Samaritan...
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Thursday, February 25, 2016

Awakening lives and consciences

Awakening lives and consciences             Pope Francis, who celebrated his 79th birthday in December, has not wasted any precious time making the most of his papacy.  Although there have been several special years of grace (e.g. The Year of St. Paul, The Year of the Priest, etc.), rarely...
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Wednesday, February 03, 2016

Let us seek mercy and be merciful during 'Jubilee Year of Mercy'

Let us seek mercy and be merciful during 'Jubilee Year of Mercy' In just a matter of weeks, the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy, as proclaimed by Pope Francis, will begin on Dec. 8, the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception.  In his “Bull of Indiction,” Misericordiae Vultus, dated April 11 of this year, Pope Francis explains in detail both his r...
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Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Society is founded in marriage and the family

Society is founded in marriage and the family I recently attended the annual meeting of the Canon Law Society of America, which was held this year in Pittsburgh, Pa.  I realize that neither Canon Law nor Pittsburgh may sound very exciting to many, but it was quite informative. I recall one particular presentation regarding marriage and fa...
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Wednesday, October 28, 2015