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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

'This story needs to be told'

'This story needs to be told' Journey of Faith Deacon Jerry Pratt Jr. validated the idea that popped into my mind about the time the suddenly-black-as-night skies opened up over Evansville the afternoon of Corpus Christi Sunday. “This story needs to be told,” he said, as we stood next to the Holy Door at St. Benedic...
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Friday, June 10, 2016

Truth: It just is….

Truth: It just is…. “Truth does not happen … it just is.” I first saw that saying many years ago. It is attributed to the Hopi Indians. During her May 22 address at the Mater Dei High School commencement ceremony in Evansville, Valedictorian Abigail Burnett offered another quote – this one attr...
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Wednesday, June 01, 2016

Multiple events clamor for attention just now

Multiple events clamor for attention just now Multiple significant events clamor for attention in this space just now. Our four diocesan Catholic high schools graduated their classes of 2016 on May 20 and May 22. St. John the Evangelist Parish is hosting a Boots Mass to honor veterans at 10 a.m. CT on May 29; since May 29 also is Corpus Christ...
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Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Witnessing an essential truth at the Ford Center

Witnessing an essential truth at the Ford Center On May 14 at Evansville’s Ford Center, some 4,000 Catholics from across our 12 counties witnessed – and gave witness to – the essential truth of a saying many have heard since they were children: “The family that prays together stays together.” Rejoice! – the Dio...
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Thursday, May 19, 2016

'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