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'He was a Samaritan'

'He was a Samaritan' “And one of them, realizing he had been healed, returned, glorifying God in a loud voice; and he fell at the feet of Jesus and thanked him. He was a Samaritan” (Luke 17: 15-16). Thanksgiving is next Thursday, and the Gospel reading for the Thanksgiving Mass is from Luke. A portion...
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Thursday, November 15, 2018

Remembering Uncle Pat

Remembering Uncle Pat I’m thinking about my late Uncle Pat as I write this. He comes to mind every year about this time because Veterans Day is Nov. 11. Uncle Pat, one of Dad’s brothers, clearly had his guardian angel along during the Battle of the Bulge in WWII. I don’t know whether it happened in Bel...
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Thursday, November 08, 2018

Visiting holy ground to pray and remember

Visiting holy ground to pray and remember This edition of The Message is dated Nov. 2 – All Souls Day. The Catholic Encyclopedia offers a wonderful, albeit brief definition: “The commemoration of all the faithful departed….” Last Sunday (Oct. 28), Father Gene Schroeder celebrated Mass for All Souls in the Mausoleum...
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Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Are you living your vocation?

Are you living your vocation? During the annual gathering of St. Meinrad alumni and friends, held Oct. 11 at The Bauerhaus in Darmstadt, Benedictine Brother Simon Hermann offered a definition of vocation I hadn’t heard before: “Our deepest desire meeting the world’s greatest need.” Whoa. “That is a...
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Wednesday, October 24, 2018

'Dreaming big' starts before college

'Dreaming big' starts before college I begin this column by saluting Evansville’s two new university presidents. Ron Rochon of the University of Southern Indiana and Christopher M. Pietruszkiewicz of the University of Evansville attended the 2018 Tomorrow’s Work Force Luncheon (coverage begins on page 1 of this issue) on O...
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Wednesday, October 10, 2018

What is missing means everything

What is missing means everything For more than two months, virtually every news cycle has contained something about the 2018 edition of the clergy-abuse scandal in the U.S. Catholic Church. Missing from those reports are the things that, I believe, mean everything. First, we heard reports about then-Cardinal, now-Archbishop Theodo...
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Wednesday, October 03, 2018

The Rosary's Spiritual Fruits

The Rosary's Spiritual Fruits It’s been almost a decade since some former co-workers introduced me to the Spiritual Fruits of the Rosary. Are you familiar with them? Do you know they exist? I confess; I was not familiar with them, and I did not know they existed. When I went to work for a PR/marketing firm in Atlanta that...
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Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Enjoying God's wild side

Enjoying God's wild side Rapidly, we are approaching my favorite time of year. From late September through Thanksgiving weekend, I have found myself enjoying God’s wild side in dozens of wonderful ways, and in dozens of wonderful places. If you ever find yourself beginning to falter in your belief in God’s love...
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Thursday, September 20, 2018

Sister Colleen knows the deal

Sister Colleen knows the deal Over the past few months, it’s been impossible to miss a series of TV ads from Florida-based Checkers Drive-In Restaurants, Inc. In our area, they go by Rally’s. The series of ads spotlight various menu items, but they all end with the same line: “Fast-foodies know the deal!”...
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Thursday, September 06, 2018

No news is just plain great!

No news is just plain great! Recently in The Message, Bishop Joseph M. Siegel recommended unplugging from the news as an effective way to begin regaining a sense of control over the emotions and stresses associated with the ways our culture has devolved when it comes to dealing with conflict. Over the past 3-4 months, I haven&...
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Thursday, August 23, 2018