Responding to God’s chosen among us

Will we answer with fear, or will we break out in blessing, rejoicing that the future looks bright? By Deacon Bob Hunt The infancy narratives in the Gospels of Matthew and Luke are some of the most endearing and beloved biblical stories. Among those stories is included that of the …

Peace of heart

Archbishop Sheen: You were made for God; nothing short of the infinite satisfies you By Bishop Richard F. Stika Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace to people of good will.” — Luke 2:14 A serious question. It may seem strange to ask, but have you ever …

Wishing for a tally of lifetime Masses attended

And remembering ‘those who have gone before us,’ even those who may be forgotten By George Valadie Every so often this odd thought comes over me when I wish I had a running tally of the number of lifetime Masses I have attended. Don’t ask me why, I have no …

Delving deeper into the Book of Revelation

The message of the text is one of hope, not fear, at least for those who put their hope in Christ Deacon Bob Hunt For the last few weeks, I’ve been immersed in a deeper study of the Book of Revelation. November is a good month to study Revelation, for …

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A living sacrifice

The Mass is the source for living and becoming the saints we are all called to be By Bishop Richard F. Stika “Offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God, your spiritual worship.”  — Romans 12:1 Striving for holiness. Each November when the Church celebrates all …

Remembering prayers he offered for students

Petitions offered by a former principal spanned everything from report cards to final exams By George Valadie Prayer is easy. That’s what Father said. He was speaking to the third- and fourth-graders at their weekly Wednesday morning Mass. Admittedly, Nanc and I should attend daily Mass more than we do. …

What season are you in?

What season are you in? The winds of change are constant, but faith supports us through ups and downs By Claire Collins It was 4 a.m. I sat in my rocking chair holding my sleeping baby, using all my strength to keep myself awake. You may be asking, “Why were …

My peace I give you

The example of two military chaplain heroes reminds us what is most essential in the earthly and spiritual battles of life By Bishop Richard F. Stika Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give it to you. Do not …

The rosary depicted as an extremist symbol

A magazine article says the Catholic devotion ‘has acquired a militaristic meaning’ for ‘rad trads’ By Deacon Bob Hunt I prayed my extremist symbol of Christian nationalism today. Have you? In an article that Bishop Robert Barron called “colossally stupid,” published in the August edition of The Atlantic magazine, Daniel …

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In the words of the Church

The Church, since the mid-19th century, has warned of a great error to afflict human society By Bishop Richard F. Stika “Come, let us build ourselves a city and make a tower with its top in the sky, and so make a name for ourselves.” — Genesis 11:4 Social micromanagement. …

We don’t need a long life or prosperity

A long life can become a lonely life, St. Ignatius says—what we need are God’s love and grace By Deacon Bob Hunt We only think we plan our lives. This fact struck me once when I was working as a nurse in a pediatric emergency room. A family came in …

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Tears flow when last child goes off to college

Even though that happened 20 years ago, the memory of a daughter moving on remains By George Valadie It was that ugly sort of cry. Probably would have been pretty disconcerting to anyone who happened by, though thankfully no one did. Nancy had run down to the store, and there …