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What we see when our vision clears

What we see when our vision clears On Aug. 21, the day of the total solar eclipse across the U.S., Nicholar Kristoff of the New York Times viewed totality in Salem, Ore, and wrote: “First the appeal of the solar eclipse is not just it rarity, but the way it puts us in our place. It disrupts the routines we rely on and reminds...
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Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Why do we offer Masses for the dead?

Why do we offer Masses for the dead? This column responds to a call from a reader. “I have asked several people I know from our parish,” the caller told me, “and no one seems to know why we offer Masses for the dead. So I thought maybe you could publish something about it in The Message.” I yield to Father Alla...
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Wednesday, August 30, 2017

This is a grand time

This is a grand time Truly, this is a grand time to live our Catholic faith – especially here in Indiana. We have big things to come, friends; God is preparing us for them even as I commit these words to “electronic paper.” Recently, I saw a social media post that resonated intimately with the thought...
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Thursday, August 17, 2017

The most important 'C-word' of all

The most important 'C-word' of all At one time or another, many – if not all – of you reading these words have heard that ambiguous term “C-word.” What did you think of just now as you read the headline and this column’s first sentence? Cancer … right? It is most generally associated with that ter...
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Thursday, July 27, 2017

That night I met our history in Vincennes

That night I met our history in Vincennes This issue of The Message includes a special section that serves as a tribute to Archbishop-elect Charles C. Thompson as he prepares for installation, on July 28, as the seventh Archbishop of Indianapolis. In it, you will find a variety of photos, columns, homilies and stories that have appeared in...
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Thursday, July 20, 2017

Are you getting your rest?

Are you getting your rest? Across the world, people use the summer months for R&R. Rest and relaxation seem to go hand-in-hand with this time of year – although I suspect that our brothers and sisters in the Southern Hemisphere might view things differently. For them, the longest, warmest and brightest days of the...
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Thursday, July 06, 2017

An exhilarating gut punch of a day

An exhilarating gut punch of a day My cell phone’s incoming-email tone sounded just after sunrise on June 13. Diocese of Evansville Chancellor Tim McGuire and I were somewhere along I-69, headed for Indianapolis and the press conference introducing Archbishop-designate Charles C. Thompson to the archdiocese he will shepherd be...
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Thursday, June 22, 2017

Attention: Scott Whitehouse loved us all

Attention: Scott Whitehouse loved us all It should come as no surprise to anyone who knew him that Scott Whitehouse wrote his own obituary. I met Scott Whitehouse less than four years ago, but quickly began feeling like I’d known him my whole life. He embodied an undeniable spirit of love – God’s love – for everyo...
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Thursday, June 08, 2017

'God fills daybreak with Himself'

'God fills daybreak with Himself' God does, indeed, fill daybreak with Himself. I learned that over Memorial Day weekend of 1997 – 20 years ago this weekend. Working in the secular world back then, I found myself representing my employer – Tracker Marine (the boat company founded by Johnny Morris and Bass Pro Shops) at...
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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

'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