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Landmarks

Landmarks I was reading in the local paper recently about the demolition of a local business that has been in a small town for as long as I can remember. I know this business because I would ride my bike around this small town I grew up in and see it each time. It sat in the downtown area; and being a grain...
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Wednesday, August 14, 2019

"The gift of God"

One of the Bible passages that has most marked my life is that of the Samaritan woman found in the fourth chapter of the Gospel of Saint John. In it there is a line that has served as one of the guiding lights of my spiritual life for the past 15 years. After the Samaritan woman’s understanda...
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Wednesday, August 07, 2019

Ask … seek … knock

Ask … seek … knock "And I tell you, ask and you will receive; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives; and the one who seeks, finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened” ( Luke 11:9-10). What is Jesus talking about when he says to ask...
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Thursday, July 25, 2019

Laying the foundation of faith

Laying the foundation of faith In recent months we have had some foundation work done to our home. We had concrete poured and some support beams replaced in our crawl space. I am sure I am no different than the rest of the general population when I say I hate when money must be spent on things you never see. I jokingly told the...
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Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Am I the missing part?

Am I the missing part? As I read Karen Muensterman’s article in this column on June 21, I felt a wave of unexpected emotion radiate throughout my body as tears welled up in my eyes. I was puzzled as to why her words had provoked this response in me. As I pondered the thoughts she shared about changes involving two...
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Thursday, July 11, 2019

Behold this heart

Behold this heart “Behold this Heart which has loved mankind so much!” These words, engraved upon a simple stone plaque, are set into the wall of a small chapel in east-central France. The humility of the chapel bears witness to the humility of the great saints who have graced it by their presence, and t...
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Thursday, June 27, 2019

'Welcome to Resurrection Father Jerry'

When I got married nearly 32 years ago, I joined Resurrection Parish where my husband was already a member. Resurrection had just been assigned a new pastor: Father Ray Brenner. During the next 16 years or so, I became very active at Resurrection; and as my family grew, my respect and affection for...
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Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Does the past matter?

Does the past matter?  The lack of historical memory is a serious shortcoming in our society. A mentality that can only say, ‘Then was then, and now is now,’ is ultimately immature. Knowing and judging past events is the only way to build a meaningful future. Memory is necessary for growth.—Pope F...
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Thursday, May 30, 2019

A Heart of gold

A Heart of gold I have a treasure of gifts and cards I have received over the years from my wonderful children. I have tried to preserve as many as possible, reliving the moments they were given to me. But one gift has sat on my dresser for many years – a beautiful golden heart-shaped box that I keep special...
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Thursday, May 23, 2019

Live in the Spirit

Live in the Spirit Isn’t it amazing how certain phrases have the power to come back to us over and over? I imagine that for St Peter, one of those phrases was Jesus’ command: “If you love me, you will keep my commandments.” For some people, these words may sound like an old alarm clock whose f...
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Thursday, May 16, 2019