A catechesis on the Eucharistic Prayers

Their theological and spiritual riches are ‘the heart and summit of the celebration’ of Mass By Father Randy Stice The center and high point” of the Mass is the Eucharistic Prayer, “the prayer of thanksgiving and sanctification.” 1 Pope Benedict XVI describes it as action “in the highest sense of …

Priest and victim

By keeping a daily Holy Hour, we best learn our priestly identity and how to be a ‘living sacrifice’ By Bishop Emeritus Richard F. Stika “Could you not keep watch with me for one hour?”  — Matthew 26:40 Keep watch.” As I reflect upon my time here in the diocese, …

Offering a July reflection on U.S. history

Lincoln’s words that ‘we shall nobly save, or meanly lose, the last best hope of earth’ ring true today By Deacon Bob Hunt July is the month we celebrate American independence, so it’s worth reflecting on our history. One thing I can say about studying history is that it offers …

So it begins: searching for a new used car

Driving disasters aside, a couple must learn to compromise and see other viewpoints By George Valadie WANTED – Retired husband in search of pretty cool used car. Seeking relatively low miles, a radio that can pick up the Braves at night, one of those adaptor things so I can listen …

Our memories can be a happy privilege

Especially when we recall to mind that God is present in every moment of our lives By Deacon Bob Hunt There are moments that inspire reflection on those matters of life that matter most. Sometimes these moments are of the unhappy variety, but there are happy moments, too. I had …

Summarizing Christ’s eucharistic presence

There are four key aspects of it; ultimately, His presence in the Eucharist can only be discerned by faith By Father Randy Stice The transformation of the bread and wine into the Body and Blood of Christ is both miracle and mystery, something that we can never fully comprehend. But …

The extraordinary in the ordinary

God’s kingdom on earth as it is in heaven begins in the heart as a little house of Nazareth By Bishop Richard F. Stika “There is one thing I ask of the Lord, only this do I seek: to live in the house of the Lord all the days of …

‘The new covenant in my blood’

What did Christ mean by those words, and why does the covenant require His blood? By Father Randy Stice When Jesus gave the chalice to his disciples at the Last Supper, he told them, “This chalice is the new covenant in my blood” (1 Corinthians 11:25). This raises several questions. …

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The Church cannot accommodate the culture

The Catholic Church must challenge the culture with the truth of God’s revelation in Christ By Deacon Bob Hunt Whether it is justified or not, there is no question that Catholics who desire to reconsider or who even demand changes in some of the Church’s centuries-old teachings, particularly on moral …

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A mother who raised problem-solving kids

Sometimes the children would take turns in being the ‘least happy child’ in the family By George Valadie I’ve never met the woman, though I’d like to. Her name is Sarah Joyce Stuart. And according to Google, my go-to source for most stuff I don’t know, she’s the one writer …

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A terrible beauty

In these times of growing evils and persecution, we need the protective mantle of Mary Our Mother By Bishop Richard F. Stika “Who is this that comes forth as beautiful as the Sun, resplendent as the moon, as awe-inspiring (and terrible) as bannered troops?” — Songs 6:10-11 A mother’s protective …

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She’s incapacitated; he’s doing the cooking

His IOU to her is seemingly never-ending—until she makes a comment about the bedsheets By George Valadie I’ll tell you the truth: being a housewife is hell. At this very moment, instead of writing this column, I really ought to be in the kitchen. There are dirty dishes in the …