God’s special carpenter

St. Joseph assists us in building our heart into a beautiful cathedral dwelling of God By Bishop Richard F. Stika “If the Lord does not build the house, in vain do its builders labor.” — Psalm 127:1 Of the many magnificent feats of construction in the history of human endeavors, …

Jesus fulfills the Old Testament

He came not ‘to abolish the law and the prophets . . . but to fulfill them’ By Sister Anna Marie McGuan, RSM Toward the beginning of the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus says: “Think not that I have come to abolish the law and the prophets; I have come …

His wife ‘is on a mission to de-deck our lives’

While emptying out closets is fine, let’s not forget this year to clean out our hearts By George Valadie I can’t believe she made me do it. It’s not even February, and she made me take down our Christmas tree. Not just taking the ornaments off—she’s made me do that …

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Where is our unity in Christ today?

Catholics often take their cues from political leaders rather than the teaching of the Church By Bob Hunt In his letter to the Ephesians, St. Paul wrote: “Now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near through the blood of Christ. It is he who …

A brighter year ahead

By George Valadie Wishing you and yours a happy and blessed 2021! I hope. No, that’s not good enough. Not nearly enough. We need to PRAY it happens, not wish it, don’t we? Prayers for even a little bit better of anything would be a good start, wouldn’t it? Literally …

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Liturgical Living

“You have made us for yourself, and our hearts are restless, Lord, until they rest in you” — St. Augustine By Bishop Richard F. Stika The question Jesus asks of His disciples is the most important question of our life that we must answer anew every day. Though we know …

How God has made His presence known to us

Before He ascended into heaven, Jesus left us with His glorious presence in the Eucharist By Bob Hunt The Advent and Christmas seasons are a good time to reflect on the presence of God in our Church and in our lives. God made His presence known in glory to Moses …

Understanding God’s wisdom in the Old Testament

Books of literature express the longing of the human heart for God By Sister Anna Marie McGuan, RSM The Wisdom literature of the Old Testament is an eclectic collection of proverbs, moral lessons, riddles, warnings, extended meditations, and philosophical inquiry and debate. It also includes hymns and even love poetry …

Focusing on COVID, which is no laughing matter

With a case of the virus himself, the columnist has mild symptoms and is trying to ‘keep it light’ By George Valadie They call it the biggest shopping weekend of the year, cars and chaos out early and everywhere, and just like the masses, there we all were as well, …

What you must know about the Mass

Too few understand the true meaning of eucharistic sacrifice and what is meant by ‘active participation’ By Bishop Richard F. Stika I will come to the altar of God, to God, my joy and gladness. — Psalm 43:4 When I began a yearlong reflection upon the Mass and the Eucharist …

Family Tradition

The stakes are high when saying ‘Yes!’ to the dress competes with college football By George Valadie Oklahoma-Texas. Notre Dame-Florida State. Tennessee-Georgia. If you know anything about our family, you know we love our college football. We gather early and stay late, munching multiple meals throughout. We wear our lucky …

The two altars of sanctity

The altar of the Church and the altar of our heart ‘belong inseparably together’ and are ‘mysteriously the same altar’ By Bishop Richard F. Stika “In your house I shall celebrate the Passover with my disciples.” – Matthew 26:18 The words of Jesus conveyed through His disciples to the homeowner where …