A stroll through family history via school records

Some questions would garner a lawsuit today, but the info gathered was more complete By George Valadie The unexpected text was from my high school alma mater. We stay in touch now and again. Many we know have moved on but not everyone. Turns out one of this summer’s tasks …

Mountaintops or holler bottoms?

God is as present in the mundane as He is in the most extraordinary moments         By Claire Collins Have you ever been to a big retreat, a Catholic conference, or had a larger-than-life spiritual encounter that left you forever changed? Often deemed “mountaintop experiences,” these moments can be incredibly impactful …

The Gospel of Mark and Church persecution

As churches and facilities are attacked for their pro-life beliefs, remember that Jesus walks ahead of us Deacon Bob Hunt The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom should I fear? The Lord is my life’s refuge; of whom should I be afraid? When evildoers come at me to …

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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‘Dear Lord, are you wanting me to step away?’

God seemingly stays silent after a prayer of the columnist on retiring from a career in schools By George Valadie Have you ever thought you were right but it turned out you weren’t? I mean not just a little off, but wrong, way wrong? The “I don’t even know how …

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Deacons of the Church of the past and present

 The columnist is ordained to the diaconate, experiencing ‘a great joy to be in formation with these men’ By Deacon Bob Hunt The sixth chapter of the Acts of the Apostles relates the choosing and the ordination of the first deacons of the Church. Complaints arose among the Christians that …

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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: …

Sobering statistics on mental health

Even great saints experienced mental illness; the Church has resources to help those who suffer By Bob Hunt The statistics on mental health in the United States are sobering. According to the National Institute for Mental Health, 52.9 million adults, or 21 percent of the adult population, experience a mental …

No one Catholic school student is like another

Parents and school staffers are sometimes surprised—and relieved—on graduation day By George Valadie Since we’ve retired, the concept of time has taken on an odd sensation. Random days are crazy busy. But others—when there’s not as much to do—feel like they crawl by, hours barely creeping along if they move …

Easter healing

Even in the season of joy, we must still love those suffering By Claire Collins Easter, the Church’s great season of joy, is here. The Gloria has returned, our homes are decorated with plastic eggs, and bright floral colors decorate the pews of our churches. For my family, the joy …

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 …