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'Now is the time'

'Now is the time' Matt Maher was really great at Mater Dei High School on April 29. I hear his concert there was outstanding, too. I didn’t hear him play that night; I heard him talk to Mater Dei’s student body that Friday afternoon, just before they started their weekend. He talked about his faith, his...
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Thursday, May 12, 2016

Contemplating a world that needs a 'NiceBot'

Contemplating a world that needs a 'NiceBot' Many people consider “Bots” to be the bane of cyberspace. The term is a shortened version of robot, and it refers to computers that are programmed to “engage” real people in any number of ways via the Internet.  Normally, “Bots” irritate me; but “NiceB...
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Wednesday, May 04, 2016

Where do we go from here?

Where do we go from here? Milestones have been on my radar recently for a variety of reasons.  Because of temporary staff shortages here at The Message, I have been coordinating the incoming requests for “Special Jubilarian” coverage in the paper, which honors those couples in our Catholic community who are...
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Wednesday, April 27, 2016

There but for the Grace of God….

There but for the Grace of God…. There but for the Grace of God…. We’ve all heard that before, and many of us have it come to mind when we see some poor soul in our daily travels. This column is about that. This likely won’t surprise you, but Forbes Magazine reports that through 2015, the U.S. owns 41.6 percent o...
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Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Thank you, thank you, thank you….

Thank you, thank you, thank you…. Whatever you’re asking for in prayer, stop it – at least for a little while each day. All of us have different prayer lives; we devote differing amounts of time each day to praying. My opening line is intended to have you think about using a bit your daily prayer time to simply say, ...
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Wednesday, April 13, 2016

OK … remember not to forget this

OK … remember not to forget this It’s no wonder there was such an outcry when Twitter floated the idea of enabling posts longer than 140 characters. Based on the statistics that prompted this column, very few of us feel like we have enough time to get into more detail! More precisely … very few of us, without actually...
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Wednesday, April 06, 2016

Divine Mercy awaits us … always

Divine Mercy awaits us … always On March 22, Christian musician Kristeen N. Gillooly made this post to her Twitter feed: “My life is in Your hands, and as scary as that is sometimes, I'm learning to trust You completely.” What a wonderful sentiment as we approach Divine Mercy Sunday. St. John Paul II instituted it as...
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Wednesday, March 30, 2016

The 'shortest greatest story ever told'

The 'shortest greatest story ever told' Last week in this space, I wrote about hope. This week, I write about the very foundation of all human hope. It’s found in the story that will play out before us over the next 10 days – the shortest greatest story ever told. It begins on Palm Sunday, when Luke’s Gospel reading tha...
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Thursday, March 17, 2016

Hope is never futile

Hope is never futile It’s true; hope is never futile. Reminders hit home almost daily here. More than 30 years ago, in a small religious bookstore in Springfield, Mo., I bought a wallet-size card with this prayer for hope: “Dear God, on those days when hope escapes me, when all I am is weary, when darkness...
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Wednesday, March 09, 2016

Thank your priest when you see him

Thank your priest when you see him Thank you priest the next time you see him. Just say thanks. I found myself contemplating that on the drive home from the Feb. 24 Memorial Mass for Father Kenneth Graehler, who died Feb. 19. Father Joe Ziliak, the first editor of The Message, was the homilist at Father Graehler’s memorial, an...
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Wednesday, March 02, 2016