Jan282013
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FOR THE LOVE OF BOOKS!

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Why didn't Jesus Christ write a book?  Of course, we Christians believe the Bible is the inspired word of God, but Jesus never Himself put pen to paper.  I can imagine the possible titles of His works now: How to Win Converts and Influence...

Jan272013
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YOU WILL KNOW THAT I AM HE

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“Then the angel said to the women in reply, ‘Do not be afraid!  I know that you are seeking Jesus the crucified.  He is not here, for he has been raised just as he said.  Come and see the place where he lay.’”  Matthew...

Jan262013
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MR. POTATO HEAD THEOLOGY

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I have a cartoon brain, and so whenever I've read this passage from First Corinthians, this is what has always come to mind. Doesn't it for everyone? My favorite part about this reading is the sheer absurdity that St. Paul presents....

Jan252013
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PRAYING FOR A NEW DAMASCUS: THE MARCH FOR LIFE

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Today is the Feast of the Conversion of St. Paul.  And it is no small grace that today is also the day when more than 500,000 people will gather in Washington, DC for the annual March for Life. We commemorate St. Paul’s conversion because it...

Jan242013
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THE DEAD WILL HEAR THE VOICE OF THE SON OF GOD

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632   The frequent New Testament affirmations that Jesus was “raised from the dead” presuppose that the crucified one sojourned in the realm of the dead prior to his resurrection.[1] This was the first meaning given in the apostolic...

Jan232013
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EMBRACING A CALL

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Did you know that Pope Benedict XVI canonized seven new saints on October 21, 2012?  During his homily he introduced each new saint, one by one.  Of the American saint we celebrate today, he said: “I now turn to Marianne Cope, born in 1838...

Jan222013
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40 YEARS WE’VE WANDERED

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It has been 40 years since the passage of Roe v Wade.  40 years can seem a very long time.  That’s 40 years of passionate, angry, despairing – at times even hateful – language and actions in response to the destruction and pain of...

Jan212013
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THE FAITH OF REV. DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.

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I had never heard such a piercing scream from my mother as this.  Terrified, I ran towards the kitchen as fast as my 4 year old legs could carry me.  My mother sobbed loudly as if seriously injured, with a crackling frying pan on one side and...

Jan202013
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IN JUSTICE AND MERCY

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Tomorrow is the Presidential Inauguration.  Please join us in praying, today and tomorrow, this beautiful prayer for government, written in 1791 by Archbishop John Carroll, SJ.  He asked that it be prayed all throughout his diocese.  And today,...

Jan192013
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THE WINE OF GRACE AND JOY

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If there is one area in our culture where Catholics have a reputation, it is for our weddings.  The first reaction to a Catholic wedding is normally, “wow this is LONG!”  That is soon followed by, “Wow! You Catholics know how to throw a...

Jan182013
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THAT THEY ALL MAY BE ONE

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Today begins the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.  For the next seven days, Christians all over the world, of many denominations, will pray together, asking God to help us overcome what divides us and unite us in Him. Ecumenism refers to all...

Jan172013
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VOCATIONS WEEK: 26 YEARS AND SHE STILL GETS BUTTERFLIES

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This week is Vocations Awareness Week!  Each day we will feature a little video highlighting a particular vocation. David & Denice Zehr of Fort Wayne, Indiana join us today.  Married for almost 26 years, they share with us how blessed they...

Jan162013
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VOCATIONS WEEK: STORY OF A SISTER

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This week is Vocations Awareness Week!  Each day we will feature a little video highlighting a particular vocation. Sr. Peter Thomas, a novice with the Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist, is our special guest for today.  She is...

Jan152013
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VOCATIONS WEEK: WHAT I BECAME WHEN I GREW UP

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This week is Vocations Awareness Week!  Each day we will feature a little video highlighting a particular vocation. Today's video features Fr. Andrew Budzinski, the parochial vicar of St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church in Fort Wayne, Indiana....

Jan142013
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VOCATIONS WEEK: SINGLE, SERVING, SEEKING

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This week is Vocations Awareness Week!  Each day we will feature a little video highlighting a particular vocation. Today's video comes to us from Lindsay Klinker, a middle school youth minister in Fort Wayne, Indiana, who uses her current...

Jan132013
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THE FIRE OF GOD’S LOVE

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We began the Christmas Season on the Eve of December 25 by reflecting on the Incarnation – God manifesting himself to Jewish shepherds as a child lying in a manger in a messy stable.  On the Feast of the Holy Family, we explored the mystery of...

Jan122013
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A VOCATION TO OTHERS

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The lofty prophecy of Isaiah not only foreshadows the coming Messiah but also provides us with details of who we are called to be.  Can we “open the eyes of the blind”?  Jesus explains later that we can if we have faith the size of a mustard...

Jan112013
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THE GRACE OF BAPTISM

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1279    The fruit of Baptism, or baptismal grace, is a rich reality that includes forgiveness of original sin and all personal sins, birth into the new life by which man becomes an adoptive son of the Father, a member of Christ and a temple of...

Jan102013
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LECTIO DIVINA – PART 2

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Editor's Note:  Yesterday, Fr. Andrew introduced us to the practice of Lectio Divina, and shared it's 4 Stages.  Get caught up here   Another way I like to think about the four stages of Lectio Divina, is to think of them like four...

Jan092013
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LECTIO DIVINA – PART 1

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When I first arrived at the seminary, my spiritual director told me he wanted me to do something called Lectio Divina everyday. “OK,” I said. “What's Lectio Divina?” He explained… Lectio Divina is Latin for “sacred...

Jan082013
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PATRON SAINTS FOR THE NEW YEAR

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With the flip of the calendar, the New Year finds many of us making resolutions for a vast array of self-improvement projects. As one who is always a New Year's optimist and who has a deep love for our Catholic Church's Communion of...

Jan072013
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CELEBRATING A FRIEND

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We all know what it's like to be proud of someone we love.  On October 17, 2010, I was overwhelmingly filled with pride for the accomplishment of another.  That day, as I stood holding the hand of my wife in St. Peter's Square, Pope...

Jan062013
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EXPLOSIONS OF LIGHT

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Editor's Note:  The following in as excerpt from Pope Benedict XVI's homily on the Feast of the Epiphany, given in Rome in January 2012.   The wise men followed the star. Through the language of creation, they discovered the God of...

Jan052013
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A LIGHT TO THE NATIONS

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“Christ is the Light of nations.”  These are the first words of the Church's Dogmatic Constitution, Lumen Gentium, which was promulgated at the Second Vatican Council.  This weekend, we celebrate Christ as the Light of the whole world on...

Jan042013
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#FUNDINGFRIDAY – BE A PART OF THE #FUN!

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In our inboxes, parish bulletins and after-Mass announcements.  Through our friends, family and coworkers.  You know the drill- an important cause needs money.  You don't have money.  That doesn't matter.  Don’t you care about...