Mar192013
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THE FAITH OF SAINT JOSEPH

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During this Year of Faith, Saint Joseph, the patron of the universal Church, is a wonderful model and intercessor for us.  Like Abraham, Joseph was a righteous man, a just man, with a righteousness that comes from faith. The greatness of Saint...

Mar182013
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POPE FRANCIS’ NEW CHAIR

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If you travel to Rome, one of your top priorities, I'm sure, will be visiting St. Peter's Basilica.  There, just under the famous alabaster glass window of the Holy Spirit you will find Bernini's “Chair of St. Peter.”  It is...

Mar172013
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FOR DIVINE PROTECTION

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Today we celebrate the Feast of St. Patrick.  This day is about more than being Irish or wearing green; it is about celebrating a man who dedicated his life to spread the faith throughout the country of Ireland. Traditionally the prayer called...

Mar162013
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OUR NEED FOR MERCY

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In the Gospel reading, we are looking at the story of the woman caught in adultery.  This is an interesting passage for many reasons, but one reason quite important for us this year.  I cannot hear this passage from St. John’s gospel without...

Mar152013
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APOSTOLIC

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857   The Church is apostolic because she is founded on the apostles, in three ways: —she was and remains built on “the foundation of the Apostles,”[1] the witnesses chosen and sent on mission by Christ himself;[2] —with the help of...

Mar142013
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WE ARE CATHOLIC (AND CATHOLIC).

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It's a great time to be Catholic.  And catholic.  Yesterday, the world watched as we were blessed with a gift, a new Pope, Francis I.  Did it not seem that in those moments, the whole world was Catholic?  You would have thought it, from all...

Mar132013
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HOLY

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The Church Is Holy 823   “The Church… is held, as a matter of faith, to be unfailingly holy. This is because Christ, the Son of God, who with the Father and the Spirit is hailed as 'alone holy,' loved the Church as his Bride,...

Mar122013
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AS ONE

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866   The Church is one: she acknowledges one Lord, confesses one faith, is born of one Baptism, forms only one Body, is given life by the one Spirit, for the sake of one hope (cf. Eph 4:3-5), at whose fulfillment all divisions will be...

Mar112013
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THE CHURCH – PEOPLE OF GOD

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781   “At all times and in every race, anyone who fears God and does what is right has been acceptable to him. He has, however, willed to make men holy and save them, not as individuals without any bond or link between them, but rather to...

Mar102013
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BRINGING HOME THE SCRUTINIES

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Today we celebrate the 4th Sunday in Lent.  Depending on what Mass you went to, you might have witnessed the second of the three Scrutinies.  For some of us, when we see or hear that it’s time for the Scrutinies again, there’s an...

Mar092013
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TWO SONS

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Two sons.  The passage concerning these two is found in the 15th chapter of St. Luke.  This 4th Sunday of Lent, we are invited to reflect on the piece we call The Prodigal Son. I will begin by telling you that it is misnamed, or could have been...

Mar082013
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THE HOLY SPIRIT AT WORK IN THE CHURCH – PART 2

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Editor's Note: Today we resume with Fr. Mitch Pacwa's “The Holy Spirit at Work in the Church”.  Yesterday, in Part 1, Fr. Mitch identified 3 ways the Spirit is working in and through the Church for our good:  The Holy Spirit 1) makes...

Mar072013
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THE HOLY SPIRIT AT WORK IN THE CHURCH – PART 1

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The Scripture teaches and the Church believes that the Holy Spirit is God, the third Person of the Blessed Trinity. We read in the Book of Acts that when Ananias and Sapphira held back money they said they would contribute, St. Peter told Ananias...

Mar062013
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O MY SOUL

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Every Lent I am surprised by how truly difficult it can be to give something up and stick to it. Even harder is giving anyone the impression that I’m enjoying myself. Usually for the first few weeks I hobble through my sacrifice with little to...

Mar052013
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A FAMILY FOLLOWS GOD’S PLAN

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Most people wonder how and why our family would make the choice to go to Haiti for a year. When we told people, there were two responses: “It is amazing that you are doing that, how giving,” and “Are you crazy?” I disagree with both. We...

Mar042013
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HEARTS OF FLESH

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Gay or straight, first world or third, healthy or sick or totally deformed, you’re going to suffer. There was a time when I used to wonder why I, as a gay Catholic, had been singled out for what seemed to be an unusually cruel lot. Now...

Mar032013
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A MISSION TO SHARE

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Born into a wealthy family, Katharine Drexel was raised on an interesting idea: their wealth was not their own; it was simply on loan to them and, therefore, should be shared with others.  It was a lesson that she lived in her life and...

Mar022013
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WORSHIPING IN SPIRIT AND IN TRUTH

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Today we celebrate the 3rd Sunday of Lent.  In some Churches the readings will be taken from cycle A instead of the current cycle C. This is because some churches celebrate the scrutinies.  This is an interesting word is it not?  Who likes to...

Mar012013
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ADOPT A CARDINAL

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When I first heard about this new (and awesome) initiative, there were only about 18,000 people on board.  As of this writing, there are just under 125,000 faithful men and women who have promised to pray for our Cardinals during the next few...

Feb282013
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MY PAPA

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In honor of our Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI, who serves his final day as Roman Pontiff, here are 10 individuals who have shared memories, stories and reflections of Pope Benedict and what it was like to encounter the Vicar of Christ.  Longer...

Feb272013
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CALLING THE HOMOSEXUAL HEART

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John Paul II speaks of Christ's “appeal to the heart.” What he is describing here is not a simple set of rules and regulations which people can follow but rather a process, a kind of interior hermeneutic of the person which is the work of a...

Feb262013
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USING THE HELPER DAY-IN AND DAY-OUT

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As a young adult, newly introduced to the career world, I am often finding myself still asking those big 'life questions'. Even adults who are settled still go through moments of trial and tribulation. As humans we are ever-changing,...

Feb252013
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IF YOU SEE CHARITY

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In Pope Benedict XVI's encyclical letter Deus Caritas Est (“God Is Love”), we learn the true meaning of charity. We learn that it is impossible to separate love and charity, and we learn charity is the responsibility of the...

Feb242013
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THE STRUGGLE FOR HOLINESS

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I can't recall my first Confession, but it took place in 1984 at St. Jude's in Fort Wayne. I have no idea how many times since then  I've gone to Confession. I guess it's not something you keep a tally of, like visits to Wrigley...

Feb232013
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RISE, AND DO NOT BE AFRAID

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You could say that Jesus gives the Apostles a preview of what is about to happen.  The Transfiguration is a sneak peek, if you will, of the Resurrection.  We hear in Sacred Scripture: “He was transfigured before them; his face shone like the...