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'Pray the Rosary every day….'

'Pray the Rosary every day….' As we celebrate the 100th anniversary of Mary’s visits to Lucia dos Santos and her cousins, Jacinta and Francisco Marto, in Fatima Portugal, I can’t help but be a bit unnerved by our Blessed Mother’s final statement to the children during her May 13, 1917, apparition: “Pray...
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Thursday, May 11, 2017

Have mercy on us and on the whole world

Have mercy on us and on the whole world The digital edition of this column comes out four days after Divine Mercy Sunday; the print edition arrives in mailboxes a day later. I chose the headline above for that reason, but I really was thinking about something far different from Divine Mercy Sunday. I was thinking about a study published...
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Thursday, April 27, 2017

'The great family of God's children'

'The great family of God's children' Recently, a student at Mater Dei High School in Evansville contacted the communications office with some questions for Bishop Charles C. Thompson. He requested the email interview for use as part of a report he was preparing on our Church and the struggles it faces. One of his questions was, “...
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Wednesday, April 12, 2017

'Educate, Inspire and Proclaim' meet real life

'Educate, Inspire and Proclaim' meet real life Our Catholic schools rock! Over the past month or two, we have been consistently reminded of how successful our 26 diocesan schools are at achieving the goals stated in this year’s Catholic Schools Office theme: “Educate. Inspire. Proclaim.” Here are some highlights – not al...
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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Seeing blue on the greenest of days

Seeing blue on the greenest of days I believe I’ll be wearing blue the day this column arrives to print subscribers. Wait … what?! Wearing blue?! But … it’s March 17; St. Patrick’s Day, man! Even the Chicago River goes green on March 17. Green is what you wear; green it must be. Actually, not so much, I...
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Thursday, March 16, 2017

The light is NEVER OFF for you

The light is NEVER OFF for you Seriously friends … when it comes to God’s mercy and forgiveness – and finding it weekly across our 12 counties – the light is NEVER OFF for you. Please think about and remember that as we continue on our Lenten journey. Even more importantly, remember it from Holy Saturday...
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Thursday, March 02, 2017

Aspiring to surpass Google

Aspiring to surpass Google Cartoonist Gary Brookins and one of his regular readers/fans from Virginia inspired this column. Brookins creates “Pluggers,” a single-panel cartoon that appears every day in the Evansville Courier & Press. The fan from Virginia suggested a theme: “A grandpa plugger’s b...
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Thursday, February 16, 2017

I wake up so early for a reason

I wake up so early for a reason I didn’t get to sleep until almost midnight on the night last week when Clemson won the  national championship of major-college football. I had a hunch the game would come down to the final minute, and it did – actually, to the final six seconds. Heck of a game.   All of that...
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Thursday, January 19, 2017

No resolutions here; just sincere wishes

No resolutions here; just sincere wishes This space includes no resolutions – only the sincere wish God provided in the Old Testament. “A reading from the Book of Numbers,” the lector said as she began the first reading for the 10:30 a.m. Mass at St. Benedict Cathedral Parish on Jan. 1. I could have looked at the day...
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Thursday, January 05, 2017

Celebrating Christmas on the Sabbath

Celebrating Christmas on the Sabbath In the first reading for Mass on Dec. 16, we hear the prophet Isaiah proclaim: “Thus says the Lord … All who keep the Sabbath free from profanationand hold to my covenant,Them I will bring to my holy mountainand make joyful in my house of prayer” (Isaiah 56). Webster defines the v...
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Thursday, December 15, 2016