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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

What do we really need?

What do we really need? When it comes to living and enjoying life … what do we really need? Seriously – what do you and I really NEED? We need God, of course. Our relationship with Him is the only thing we truly need. He will provide everything else. As evidence, consider the Moxihatetema. “National Geo...
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Thursday, December 01, 2016

Hoping for 'exceptionally faith-filled days' ahead

Hoping for 'exceptionally faith-filled days' ahead It’s 10:30 a.m. in Jasper and Loogootee as I write this; it’s 9:30 a.m. in Haubstadt and Poseyville. It’s Nov. 8 – election day. By the time you read this, we all will know the outcome of the election. None of us know it as I write this. That’s actually why I chose to...
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Thursday, November 17, 2016

Don't ask me

Don't ask me Don’t ask me who to vote for on Nov. 8.   If you are looking for this paper to endorse any candidate, you will be disappointed. If you are looking for this paper to tell you who NOT to vote for, you will be disappointed.   You have to ask yourself what you believe and what you sta...
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Thursday, November 03, 2016

Thoughts from along the road to conversion

Thoughts from along the road to conversion During his homily at the Oct. 12 White Mass for the medical community in our area, Bishop Charles C. Thompson made a statement that inspired this column. “The call to conversion is not an act of meanness, “he said. “Ultimately, it is an act of love.” On the surface, that see...
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Thursday, October 20, 2016

Visit Mary this month … in her Evansville Grotto

Visit Mary this month … in her Evansville Grotto October has five Sundays this year, which means you have four opportunities remaining (Oct. 9, 16, 23 and 30) to visit the Blessed Virgin Mary in her Evansville Grotto. Volunteers from St. Boniface Parish are offering tours of Our Lady of Lourdes Grotto, located under St. Boniface Church, from 11 a...
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Thursday, October 06, 2016

When God shines through the eyes of a child

When God shines through the eyes of a child Molly made my eyes well up with tears of joy. Beaming, she processed down the main aisle of one of our churches at the end of a recent weekend Mass, the priest a few steps behind her with a smile almost as large as the young server in front of him. Less than two minutes earlier, just before the f...
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Friday, September 23, 2016

Contemplating patience and measures

Contemplating patience and measures “Be patient with me, and I will pay you back in full.” –Matthew 18:26 As I listened to those words during the opening prayer service of our diocese’s 2016 Catechists Formation Day, it seems I actually heard them – truly – for the first time. In that moment, I con...
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Thursday, September 08, 2016