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 …

Mom long ago earned a Golden Ticket to heaven

The columnist’s mother passes away, and she is remembered for her charitable works By George Valadie Apologies are in order; I missed my last publication deadline. But it was kinda her fault in a way. We were talking on the phone one day and she asked, “Hey George, I’ve got …

The historical books and their authors

The prophets contain passages full of hope and point to a future king, a Messiah By Sister Anna Marie McGuan, RSM The Pentateuch or Torah ends with the death of Moses and a bold statement about Israel’s religious future: “I call heaven and earth to witness against you this day, …

A parable that connects to ‘Cafeteria Catholicism’

We need to invest in the whole truth of God’s revelation in Christ, not just those parts we like By Bob Hunt “The kingdom of God is like a treasure buried in a field, which a person finds and hides again, and out of joy goes and sells all that …

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Before you vote, answer these questions

When we vote, we are not voting for the candidate but for the party platform and all within it By Bishop Richard F. Stika “Thus says the Lord…. Is it my way that is unfair, or rather, are not your ways unfair?” — Ezekiel 18:25 Questions God Asks. God always …

Sacrifice and Sacrament

The Mass is Christ’s perfect sacrifice of adoration, thanksgiving, atonement, and petition By Bishop Richard F. Stika Purpose is what gives personal meaning to any endeavor and helps to creatively form and direct our heart’s energy. Without it, things become confused, and we lose enthusiasm and commitment. So it is …

Examining the Books of Moses—the Pentateuch

The first five books of the Old Testament are sacred in both the Jewish and the Christian traditions By Sister Anna Marie McGuan, RSM Having given a preliminary sketch of the sections of the Old Testament, in this article I expand on the Books of Moses, also known as the …

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In a cupcake store: ‘how can people act that way?’

A 19-year-old employee has to put up with angry reactions to mask-wearing requirements By George Valadie She’s just a kid. I don’t mean that as any sort of insult, not in any way. In fact, she’s as mature a young lady as I’ve known. I’d trust her with my car, …

The Good Samaritan story, for our current times

Tensions between the Jews and the Samaritans can be compared with today’s social upheaval By Bob Hunt These past several weeks, since the killing of George Floyd, our nation has been wracked with protests and social upheaval we have not seen in decades. Many have lost their lives in the …

God’s work and ours

We glorify God through the work Christ accomplishes in us and through us in the world about us By Bishop Richard F. Stika  We glorify God through the work Christ accomplishes in us and through us in the world about us Father…, I glorified you on earth by accomplishing the …

Writer’s block

Christ offers words of wisdom when we’re at a loss over the current state of affairs By George Valadie I have no words. And I’m really, really sad about it. If you write for this publication — or any publication — and your goal is to say something that you …