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Thursday, October 15, 2009 By Father Kyle Schnippel Known for the way he developed the interplay between light and darkness in his paintings, the Italian master Caravaggio has had a lasting impact in the world of art since his troubled life ended nearly 400 years ago. His distinctive paintings, especially

Wednesday, October 14, 2009 By Father Timothy Schehr Twenty-Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time: Isaiah 53:10-11; Hebrews 4:14-16; Mark 10:35-45 James and John probably imagined themselves to belong to the Lord’s inner circle. They were among the Lord’s earliest followers, coming just after Simon and Andrew. Only James and John, along

Thursday, October 8, 2009 By Scott Mussari Much of the origin of how the rosary came to be cannot be confirmed with certainty. Most historical theologians think the custom of using beads in prayer began sometime during the 1100s. Some believe St. Dominic developed the form of the rosary from

Wednesday, October 7, 2009 By Father Timothy Schehr 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time: Wisdom 7:7-11; Hebrews 4:12-13; Gospel Mark 10:17-30 or 10:17-27. What do we want most from God? In the first reading for this Sunday King Solomon has an answer that question: he prays for wisdom. What he means

Thursday, October 1, 2009 By Eileen Connelly, OSU God has blessed me with many loving, supportive relationships among my fellow Ursuline Sisters, family and friends. As we prepare to mark the Oct. 4 feast of St. Francis of Assisi, the lover of all creation, it also seems fitting to celebrate

Wednesday, September 30, 2009 By Father Rob Waller Molly Moira would have been born a week before St. Patrick’s Day, except that she was miscarried on Aug. 2.

Wednesday, September 30, 2009 By Father Timothy Schehr Twenty-Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time: Genesis 2:18-24; Hebrews 2:9-11; Mark 10:2-16 If any of us have been to a wedding lately it’s very likely we heard the same Gospel passage we hear this Sunday: “. . . man shall leave his father and mother and

Wednesday, September 23, 2009 By Sister Betty J. Lillie, S.C. 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time: 137  Numbers 11:25-29;  Psalms 19:8, 10, 12-14;  James 5:1-6;  Mark 9:38-43, 45, 47-48 When a ministry or a project is going well it is a human inclination to protect it from the intervention of other

Thursday, September 17, 2009 By Pat McDonough My daughter, Caitlin, graduated from the University of Virginia last May and set her sights on finding a position in public policy for a not-for-profit agency, preferably one concerned with human rights. A strained economy prevented most of her peers from fulfilling their

Thursday, September 17, 2009 By Sister Carol Gaeke, O.P. At our first Communion retreat Bobby sat rapt, his arms crossed over his heart, as I dramatically told the Emmaus story. He couldn’t contain his excitement and blurted out, “I can feel my heart getting warm all over waiting to receive