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Wednesday, November 25, 2009 By Father Rob Waller A monk and a girl in a pink sweater helped me remember. Father Joseph was visiting from his monastery in Beirut. Bridget came to morning Mass to pray for her father. They reminded me that any bishop likes having a contemplative community

Tuesday, November 24, 2009 By Terrance Callan First Sunday of Advent: Jeremiah 33:14-16; 1 Thessalonians 3:12-4:2; Luke 21:25-28, 34-36 This Sunday we begin both a new liturgical year and our observance of the season of Advent, preparing to celebrate Christmas. Throughout much of Advent, the readings will remind us of

Thursday, November 19, 2009 By Sister Carol Gaeke, O.P. When God wanted Moses’ attention the Holy One intrigued him with a bush that seemed to be burning but was not consumed. With the vibrancy this year of so many burning bush shrubberies in our area it is easy to understand

Wednesday, November 18, 2009 By Terrance Callan Christ the King: Daniel 7:13-14; Revelation 1:5-8; John 18:33b-37 This Sunday we celebrate our belief that Jesus is our king, and look forward to the time when His kingship will be manifest to all. As they did last Sunday, the readings call us

Thursday, November 12, 2009 By Father Kyle Schnippel Recently, I had the opportunity to attend a conference sponsored by the Coming Home Network focused on the issue of papal authority in the church — how it developed and what it means for the church today. The main focus of ministry

Wednesday, November 11, 2009 By Terrance Callan Thirty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time: Daniel 12:1-3; Hebrews 10:11-14, 18; Mark 13:24-32 All things come to an end. Sometimes that makes us happy; the ending of something can be a welcome release from it. At other times the end of something saddens us,

Friday, November 6, 2009 By Scott Mussari “Those who do not take the opportunity to read who can, are no more advantaged than those who cannot” (Anonymous). It was family reading time, which meant everyone gathered collectively while reading individually. Our 5-year-old, Michael, decided that on this day book-thickness trumped

Wednesday, November 4, 2009 By Terrance Callan Thirty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time: 1 Kings 17:10-16; Heb 9:24-28; Mark 12:38-44 We are inspired by stories of heroism, such as that of St. Maximilian Kolbe who volunteered to die in the place of another concentration camp inmate who had been condemned to

Thursday, October 29, 2009 By Father Rob Waller Children being sent five days a week to a Catholic school and not being brought to Mass on Sunday, and a pastor addressing the situation: it is like walking a tightrope.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009 By Terrance Callan All Saints: Revelation 7:2-4, 9-14; 1 John 3:1-3; Matthew 5:1-12a This Sunday we celebrate the feast of All Saints. On other days of the year we commemorate particular saints. On this day we commemorate all who have attained the goal of human life