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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

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