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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

Contemplating the forgiveness we don't realize we need

Contemplating the forgiveness we don't realize we need Walking into church one recent Saturday afternoon for the Sunday Anticipatory Mass, I spied the confessional door open. One of our priests sat inside waiting for someone to enter, close that door and open his or her heart to God’s mercy and forgiveness. In that moment, a thought occurred to...
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Thursday, August 25, 2016

Heaven rejoices in God's Creation through another voice

Heaven rejoices in God's Creation through another voice Shortly after returning home from the June 18 Memorial Mass at St. Meinrad Archabbey for Benedictine Father Damian Schmelz, who died peacefully June 12 at age 84, I found online the day’s post to Twitter from Pope Francis. I have grabbed a graphic of the post from his Twitter feed. “Mor...
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Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Always moving forward

Always moving forward In his homily during the June 12 Mass of Thanksgiving for newly ordained Father Tyler Tenbarge, Benedictine Father Denis Robinson emphasized the concept of “always moving forward.” Father Robinson very easily could have been referring to our entire diocese with his thoughts during that...
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Wednesday, June 29, 2016

We are family

We are family When I tuned in to ESPN’s coverage of the St. Louis Cardinals’ June 12 game in Pittsburgh against the Pirates, I was amazed at what I saw. The Pirates – my hometown team – were wearing a modern take on the team’s 1979 uniforms. That season resulted in the Pirates’...
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Friday, June 17, 2016