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Life and hope

Many are the struggles and disappointments in life, but with Christ our Great Hope we triumph By Bishop Richard F. Stika “In God alone be at rest, my soul, for my hope is from Him.” — Psalm 62:6 As I prepare this column, it is Holy Week, and by happy …

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Each Eucharist is a promise of eternal life

The Church, in her prayers, professes her faith in the Eucharist as the whole saving action of Christ by Bob Hunt The Catechism of the Catholic Church says that the Eucharist is “the source and summit of the Christian life. . . . For in the blessed Eucharist is contained …

The resurrection and the Gospels: apostolic eyewitnesses

The Apostles realized that the risen Jesus’ humanity was changed, but He was the same person by Sister Anna Marie McGuan, RSM The readings during the Easter season, especially during the octave of Easter, the eight days from Easter Sunday to Divine Mercy Sunday, go through several apparitions of the …

St. Joseph: a man of faith that moves mountains

The Scriptures’ ‘silent man’ did what the Lord commanded without hesitation By Leila S. al-Imad, Ph.D. The silent man of the Scriptures, but one of the most influential characters of the New Testament. His strength and power come from his acceptance without reluctance the command given to him in a …

Emma on meatless Fridays: ‘I didn’t sign up for that!’

A grandchild’s statement spurs thinking on a number of things we ‘didn’t sign up for’ By George Valadie I wasn’t the first to say it, certainly wasn’t the first to think it. But I wish I had. Because I’ve repeated it often. “If we had known grandkids were this great, …

A heartfelt thank you

Letters to parents are the write idea when it comes to a Catholic education By George Valadie Dear Mom and Dad, How have y’all been lately? It’s been a while since we’ve gotten to talk — too long really. I just wanted to write this short note to thank you …

Liturgy of the heart

The Mass is the source for living the liturgy as the saints we are all called to be By Bishop Richard F. Stika I urge you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God, your spiritual worship. –Romans …

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 …