‘In the joy of your house’

God’s kingdom on earth as it is in heaven begins in little house of Nazareth and in our hearts By Bishop Richard F. Stika “He went and dwelt in a town called Nazareth.” — Matthew 2:23 A dwelling in Nazareth. Christmas, like Easter, is so special, so full of wonder …

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 …

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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 …

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 …

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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. …

Mary, our help and refuge

Our consecration to Mary, praying her rosary daily are invaluable in the spiritual battles of life By Bishop Richard F. Stika “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary your wife into your home.”— Matthew 1:20 A life-changing consecration. The words spoken by the angel of the …

Stretcher-bearers for God

Our sufferings have a salvific purpose in Christ’s sufferings when we ‘offer them up’ By Bishop Richard F. Stika “Now I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake, and in my flesh I am filling up what is lacking in the afflictions of Christ on behalf of His body, which …

The strength to serve

Deacons serve the many hungers, corporal and spiritual, of God’s children By Bishop Richard F. Stika “The cup of salvation I will raise; I will call on the name of the Lord. My vows to the Lord I will fulfill before all His people!” — Psalm 116:13-14 Answering the call. …

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Four Herods

Herods of every age continue their assault against the sanctity of life, the conscience, and the Church By Bishop Richard F. Stika “In the days of Herod. …” — Luke 1:5 A seemingly endless battle. Since the overturning of Roe v. Wade on the great solemnity of the Most Sacred …

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Mystery of iniquity

We live in a time ‘marked by distress’ and a trial that does not spare the Church By Bishop Richard F. Stika “Why do the nations rage and the peoples utter folly? The kings of the earth rise up, and the princes conspire together against the Lord and his anointed: …

A plea for mercy

God has given us through St. Faustina a most powerful weapon—the Chaplet of Divine Mercy By Bishop Richard F. Stika “O give thanks to the Lord for He is good, for His mercy endures forever.”  — Psalm 136:1 Twenty-two years ago, on April 30, 2000, St. John Paul II canonized …

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God’s ‘peace plan’

In a time of global crisis, our consecration to Our Lady of Fatima and St. Joseph are needed more than ever 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 …