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Thursday, May 6, 2010 By Father Kyle Schnippel In his 2001 Holy Thursday Letter to Priests, Pope John Paul II highlighted the call and mission of Sts. Peter and Paul as examples for priests of today. These two great apostles were chosen by Christ to be missionaries to the world,

Wednesday, May 5, 2010 By Terrance Callan Sixth Sunday of Easter; Acts 15:1-2, 22-29; Revelations 21:10-14, 22-23; John 14:23-29 It is painful to be separated from those we love. This is especially true when we are separated by death, but also when distance, disagreement or distraction separate us. Although Jesus

Thursday, April 29, 2010 By Father Satish Joseph Here are three scenarios I present to you. First scenario: Sex-starved celibate clergy on the prowl, greedily eying children — or anyone — whom they can sexually exploit. Second scenario: Emotionally unaffected celibate men, holy priests in every sense of the word,

Wednesday, April 28, 2010 By Terrance Callan Fifth Sunday of Easter: Acts 14:21-27; Rev 21:1-5; John 13:31-33, 34-35 It is often necessary to endure difficulties in order to reach some goal. We need to practice if we want to master physical and mental skills. We must work patiently to grow

Thursday, April 22, 2010 By Michael Daley Even to the most casual observer, it’s been easy to see that the church has been taking it pretty hard on the chin lately. Most of the blows, sadly, have been self-inflicted. It’s like I keep hearing the deafening echo in my ears of

Wednesday, April 21, 2010 By Father Timothy Schehr Fourth Sunday of Easter: Acts 13:14, 43-52; Revelation 7:9-17; John 10:27-30 Here’s a good Bible question to think about: What image for God is so popular we find it in the Bible from beginning to end? The answer: God as Shepherd. The second

Thursday, April 15, 2010 By Father Earl Fernandes April 16, 2005, marked Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger’s 78th birthday. He had a small gathering at the Holy Office to celebrate. He told his colleagues that he intended to stay for a short while to help the new pope and then to retire

Wednesday, April 14, 2010 By Father Timothy Schehr Third Sunday of Easter: Acts 5:27-41; Revelation 5:11-14; John 21:1-19 In last Sunday’s Gospel Thomas the Apostle experienced firsthand the forgiveness of the Risen Lord. In this Sunday’s Gospel it is Peter’s turn to experience forgiveness from the Risen Lord. The last

Thursday, April 8, 2010By Jeanne Hunt Anyone who has ever purchased school photographs or cable-television services understands the difference between the bare minimum and all the bells and whistles. It seems to me that faith formation has the same criteria: We can choose the bare-bones model or engage ourselves in

Wednesday, April 7, 2010 By Father Timothy Schehr Second Sunday of Easter: Acts 5:12-16; Revelation 1:9-19; John 20:19-31 By this time our Easter baskets are probably near empty. And we probably do not hear quite so many Alleluia’s and trumpet sounds on the air waves. But in our Sunday liturgies