Anxious young woman watches from airplane seat.

The Greatest Solace

For Sunday, November 29, 2015, 1st Sunday of Advent Advent is traditionally the time of anticipation, of breathless wonder and waiting. It’s a season, right now, perfectly attuned to our times. As I write this, Belgium is anxious and on alert for a possible terrorist attack. Presidential candidates are stoking fears. Airlines are on edge again […]

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Four Things You Need to Know About #GivingTuesday

Giving Tuesday is a movement to create a national day of giving to kick off the giving season on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving, Black Friday, and Cyber Monday. We have a day for giving thanks. We have two for getting deals. Now, we have #GivingTuesday (December 1 this year) a day dedicated to giving back. […]

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There Is But One King! (and it’s not me)

There is almost too much going on with all the Advent devotions and practices that seem to take a back seat to shopping and preparing for the gift giving traditions of Christmas. After all, Black Friday starts on Thanksgiving in the retail stores and has already started online. In the midst of all our preparation […]

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Giving Thanks is the Main Thing

If you live in the US, during this week there will be constant attempts to hijack your mind and heart. You will be told that if you do not get to a certain store at 4 a.m. you will miss the greatest deal of your lifetime. But don’t make shopping, football, or overeating the main […]

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If I Was King for Just One Day

It would be kind of awesome to be a king or queen! Absolute rule, untold wealth, and people answering your every beck and call are things that wouldn’t be half bad. Of course, I would be a benevolent monarch and I would hope that all my subjects would love me. They could cheer me as […]

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Getting Connected

Technology has become the medium in how we primarily communicate with each other. For many parishes, what is the norm for society in general isn’t necessarily the modus operandi for passing on information to its parishioners. Using technology is a paradigm shift from the “way things have always been done.” Download the full article and […]

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Stewardship of the Mouth

When I replay the events of the day in my head, my biggest regrets seem to be the unguarded moments when I offered an opinion or comment that was not necessary and could have possibly caused confusion or pain.  Why did I need to say that?  Did any good come of it? Or, was it something that needed to be […]

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Painting of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe

My Son Needs His King

For Sunday, November 22, 2015, Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe I suspect the events of the past week might have many people longing for a world that does not exist. My youngest child no longer feels that he is safe from the reach of terrorists. He has been to professional sporting events and […]

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The Wisconsin nuns who have been praying nonstop since 1878

Flooding, snowstorms, a flu outbreak, even a fire — any of those might have slowed a group of Wisconsin nuns who say none of it has kept their order from praying nonstop for hundreds of thousands of people over the last 137 years. Click here to read the full article

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The Truth is Better Than Hollywood

When I was younger I was so intrigued by movies like The Omen and The Final Conflict and others that told stories of the end times and an Anti-Christ person that would usher in the second coming. Too bad every one of those movies misses the point. Click here to read the full post

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What Happened to Advent?

Advent can be challenging time for many to enter into. It is too easy to let Advent mark the beginning of the end of year rush. Too many times I have come to the first Sunday of Advent mass and appreciated the beautifully decorated sanctuary, colorful candles, incense, new music and fresh homilies, without preparing […]

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A Time Unsurpassed in Distress

For Sunday, November 15, 2015, 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time   BBC broadcasts from Burundi are horrific. Dead bodies in the streets. Killed execution style. President Pierre Nkurunziza is demanding that all citizens must surrender illegal firearms by the end of week or risk being “dealt with as enemies of the nation.” “The crash of Metrojet […]

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