Our mission now: understand Jesus is Lord

If we follow and remain faithful to Him, our troubles will end, and we will live in the bosom of the Father By Deacon Bob Hunt “Jesus said to His disciples: ‘Do not let your hearts be troubled. You have faith in God; have faith also in me’”(John 14:1). There …

The Eucharistic Prayers for Reconciliation

The two reconciliation prayers lead us more deeply into the work of the Trinity By Father Randy Stice In 1975, the Church celebrated a Holy Year with two main themes: renewal and reconciliation. Pope St. Paul VI wanted these two themes to “resound repeatedly in liturgical celebrations, especially in the …

Retirement in the Valadie household

Quibbles about ballgames and TV shows aside, there is thankfulness for good health By George Valadie Hey, will you turn the game up?” “2 o’clock, I think.” “What?” “2 p.m. Can’t you hear?” “What?” “What?” “What are you talking about?” “Katy said his game is at 2. Isn’t that what …

Realize the gift you have received from Him

We should not be so distracted that we fail to notice how God has moved in our lives By Deacon Bob Hunt I was conversing with my oldest sister recently, and we spoke about how often we miss God’s grace moving in our lives simply because we aren’t paying attention. …

An exploration of the prefaces at Mass

The prefaces are sure guides for the graces that God wants to pour out on us in each season By Father Randy Stice In previous columns, we looked in detail at the Eucharistic Prayer, “the center and high point” of the Mass. In the last two columns, we considered the …

‘What is God’s will for my life?’

Avoid paralysis by multimedia analysis in determining Holy Spirit’s plan By Claire Collins What is God’s will for my life?” seems to be the eternal and sometimes seemingly unanswerable question that resides in the mind of the Christian. In a sea of endless potential answers, it can be hard to …

Old friends can be new ones again in 2024

This new year, he plans to ‘reach out and touch’ at least one acquaintance from days gone by By George Valadie Happy New Year! Though it’s barely two weeks old, I hope 2024 has already started you well down whatever path you envisioned might lay ahead. There’s certainly no shortage …

The General Calendar is a living document

The calendar includes the celebration of saints’ solemnities, feasts, and memorials By Father Randy Stice Last month, I introduced the liturgical year and discussed what is known as the Proper of Time (the temporal cycle) that begins in late November/early December with Advent and comprises the seasons (Advent, Christmas, Lent, …

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New grandbaby is off to a pretty good start

She hasn’t been born yet but already has family love, saintly love, and God’s love By George Valadie Like many young marrieds in this country, our youngest, Sarah, and her husband, Keith, were living in an apartment but longing for a house. I don’t think I’m revealing any deep financial …

We should both worship Jesus and serve Him

Christians should not treat Him as two different people, one human and one divine By Deacon Bob Hunt There are two great temptations that face Christians that I would like to speak to. The first, and it is almost an expectation of the culture, is to relegate one’s faith to …

God is like Google Maps, only better

Both use different voices to convey helpful suggestions, such as ‘make a U-turn right now’ By George Valadie It’s been a crazy few weeks on the road to be sure. After months of anticipation, our oldest daughter and I got to travel to and through southwest Ireland and along its …

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Regarding the Synod, remember this

Progressives and conservatives should keep in mind Jesus’ promise to be with His Church until the end By Deacon Bob Hunt I am writing this in the middle of October, so by the time you read this mid-November, the Synod on Synodality taking place in Rome this month of October …