September 2013

The Church’s Holy Grouch

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Some saints need public relations work.  Saint Jerome (347-420) may well be first in line.  If the Little Flower might be fun...

Guarding and Protecting

Guarding and Prote

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What exactly is an Archangel?  Really, all that the title of Archangel means is “an angel of high rank.”  Today,...

A Living Mystery

A Living Mystery

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After 2,000 years of Christianity, we have become very used to the Christian story. Stories of violence in the Middle East, or...

Teaching Children to Pray

Teaching Children

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An undeniably gorgeous aspect of our faith is the abundance of prayers and prayer tradition our rich faith offers us. We as...

A Journey to Conversion

A Journey to Conve

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Editor's Note: This reflection was written when Fr. Davis was a deacon. He was ordained to the priesthood June 2013 in New...

God’s Faithfulness

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The Old Testament is rich with images and passages demonstrating the life of faith.  These passages are striking examples of...

Wisdom Knows All and Understands All

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Fides et Ratio (Faith and Reason), an encyclical letter of Pope John Paul II to the Bishops of the Catholic Church on the...

My Friend Padre Pio

My Friend Padre Pi

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It has been reported that I've been seen in two places at the same time. But unlike Padre Pio, who possessed a true gift of...

Anointed with Dignity

Anointed with Dign

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Editor's Note: During his Wednesday Angelus on the Feast of St. Joseph the Worker, Pope Francis spent some time focusing on...

Our Jackpot

Our Jackpot

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The Christian philosopher Blaise Pascal wrote “It is not good to have too much liberty. It is not good to have all one...

Strengthening the Love

Strengthening the

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Helping couples who are struggling with infertility has been a very challenging and rewarding part of my practice as a...

The Difficult Choice

The Difficult Choi

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It was just two weeks after the birth of my ninth baby, and days after my youngest brother’s death in a car accident.  I...

Opus Solidaritatis Pax

Opus Solidaritatis

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In Solicitudo rei socialis, the encyclical that cemented justice and peace as central to what John Paul II called the “social...

Sowing Seeds of Life

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But blessed are your eyes, for they see, and your ears, for they hear.- Matthew 13:16 The evangelist Matthew tells a...

Paying a Debt of Justice

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VI. Love for the Poor  2443    God blesses those who come to the aid of the poor and rebukes those who turn away from...

The Cross

The Cross

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Yesterday the Church celebrated the feast of the Triumph of the Holy Cross.  What an incredibly powerful statement that is. ...

Which Party?

Which Party?

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In The Return of the Prodigal Son, Henry Nouwen describes how we can all act like the older son as well as the younger. We all...

Our Only Hope

Our Only Hope

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Editor's Note: Tomorrow, the Church will celebrate the Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross.  To help you prepare for this...

Praying the Holy Name of Mary

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Americans today tend to think of names as more or less means of conventional signification.  To speak of Bloomington when I...

Protecting Children in the Name of Christ

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In this Year of Faith, we look to deepen our relationship with God, strengthen our faith and knowledge, and integrate ourselves...

The Greatest Choice of Our Lives

The Greatest Choic

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We are born; we live; we die.  Is that it?  What a sad, worthless existence that would be!  For most people there seems to...

Catechesis in the Home: 5 Simple Habits to Develop as a Family

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Since parents have given children their life, they are bound by the most serious obligation to educate their offspring and...

Her Birthday Present to Us

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September 8th.  The day we celebrate the feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary – her birthday!  Exactly 9 months...



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On this Sunday where the Church also recalls the Nativity of Mary (after a perfect 9 month pregnancy from December –...

The Great Gift of Peace

The Great Gift of

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It seems like every time you turn on the news or log in to your Twitter and Facebook, more bad news out of Syria keeps popping...