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 …

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 …

Giving to God and neighbor

To truly ‘live our Mass,’ it must be the fruit of our offering to God that we share with others By Bishop Richard F. Stika “How blessed the people who know your praise…, who find their joy every day in your name, who make your justice their joyful acclaim” — …

Thank God almighty—schools are looking to reopen

‘Schools weren’t built to be empty, and fields and gyms and theaters weren’t erected to stand silent’ By George Valadie I don’t know about your world but I think things in mine are actually getting a little better. I think. After all, it is still 2020. Don’t want to jinx …

A look at the divisions of the New Testament

The Gospels, the letters or epistles, and the apocalyptic genre have their equivalents in the Old Testament By Sister Anna Marie McGuan, RSM After having examined the divisions of the Old Testament (the Pentateuch or Torah, the Historical Books, the Prophets, and the Wisdom books—see the April ETC), a similar …

Some endure months, years without sacraments

‘Our own experience during the lockdown can inspire us to appreciate the freedoms we possess’ By Bob Hunt As I write this, the Church is approaching the celebration of our Lord’s Ascension. The week after, Pentecost Sunday, our diocese will begin to celebrate public Sunday Mass again, with some restrictions …

An offering pleasing and acceptable to God

St. Gregory the Great: ‘The Mass will be a sacrifice for us to God when we have made an offering to ourselves’ By Bishop Richard F. Stika “No one shall appear before [the Lord] empty-handed.”— Exodus 23:15 How wonderful it is after two long months to again open the doors …

We’re all in need

Crises wreak havoc on our lives, prompt us to be our best selves By George Valadie Well, that was different! No new Easter outfits this year; didn’t even need the ones we got last year. We didn’t go to Mass in our pajamas, but we also didn’t need to arrive …

Jesus, I trust in you

In this time of crisis and pandemic, the Divine Mercy illumines our way and dispels the darkness of fear By Bishop Richard F. Stika “Do not let your hearts be troubled. You have faith in God; have faith also in me” (John 14:1). Though you are reading this column in …