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Our newest priests reflect the true nature of our 'catholic' Church

Our newest priests reflect the true nature of our 'catholic' Church               A brief history of the term “catholic” might be helpful in our understanding and appreciating a bit of change taking place among the presbyterate serving in the Diocese of Evansville.  When making our Profess...
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Monday, August 11, 2014

We must be ever vigilant of obstacle to freedom, sacredness and dignity

We must be ever vigilant of obstacle to freedom, sacredness and dignity From various perspectives, we often think of July as the month of independence.  The most obvious reason, of course, is the national celebration of Independence Day on July 4.  It is also a key month of vacationing, not to mention that most schools are out during this time.  We recen...
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Monday, July 14, 2014

Popular opinion doesn't mean it's right

Popular opinion doesn't mean it's right As the saying goes, “No good deed ever goes unpunished.”  Several weeks ago, a news person was commenting on the popularity of Pope Francis and his tone of compassion.  The news anchor, noting that he was “raised Roman Catholic,” could not help but take the opportu...
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Monday, May 05, 2014

Easter Vigil 2014

Easter Vigil 2014   The scope of our celebration of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ—our sense of understanding and appreciation—must not be limited to a mere event that took place in the past, some 2000 years ago.  To even begin to grasp the fullness of the Easter Message, we must ponder the s...
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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

How to deal with all the unrest around us

How to deal with all the unrest around us   Someone recently commented that the most important piece of furniture in a home is the bed.   After all, this same person noted, we are supposed to spend one-third of our time in bed.  A good night’s rest is a key component to being happy, healthy and productive.  T...
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Sunday, April 13, 2014

Anniversaries Mass at St. Benedict Cathedral

Anniversaries Mass at St. Benedict Cathedral   Here is the homily which was presented by Bishop Charles C. Thompson during the April 11 Mass at St. Benedict Cathedral in Evansville. What’s in a name?  As Shakespeare wrote, “A rose by any other name is still a rose.”  In  addition to a cathedral or a bish...
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Friday, April 11, 2014

Lenten Message

Lenten Message     The three-fold Lenten discipline of prayer, fasting and almsgiving is meant to prompt a two-fold experience for us.  On the one hand, our Lenten discipline allows us to more fully appreciate our dependence upon God’s presence and grace in our lives, especially as revealed...
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Tuesday, March 04, 2014

Love gives life to every vocation, Church ministry and service

Love gives life to every vocation, Church ministry and service During the month of February, primarily because of one particular date on the calendar (e.g. February 14), minds and hearts tend to gravitate toward notions of romance.  Soon after Christmas, stores quickly make ready for Valentine’s Day with advertisements, candy, cards, flowers, gifts...
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Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Pope Francis and 'The Joy of the Gospel'

Pope Francis and 'The Joy of the Gospel'              Pope Francis has certainly captured the imagination of the world, both inside and outside Catholicism.  In addition to being only the third pope in history to be named a Time’s “Person of the Year,” his...
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Monday, January 20, 2014

Room for Jesus

Room for Jesus             Practically everyone is familiar with the slogan, “Jesus is the reason for the season.”  For an authentic disciple of Jesus Christ, this is more than just a fancy quip to sell coffee mugs and other items at Christma...
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Monday, December 09, 2013