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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

Rejoice! And meet me at the Ford Center on May 14

Rejoice! And meet me at the Ford Center on May 14 Heads-up! There will only be one Saturday-Anticipatory Mass in the Diocese of Evansville the weekend of May 14-15. Let me repeat – across our 12 counties, there will only be one Saturday Mass to fulfill the Sunday obligation on May 14. If, like me, you’re “one of those Saturday pe...
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Thursday, February 25, 2016

Improve your 'moral goodness' by listening to Jesus

Improve your 'moral goodness' by listening to Jesus The Gospel reading for Feb. 19 is Matthew 5: 20-26. It begins this way: “Jesus said to his disciples:  ‘I tell you, unless your righteousness surpasses that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will not enter into the Kingdom of heaven.’” Webster’s simple defini...
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Thursday, February 18, 2016

'Listen to them; they can teach us'

'Listen to them; they can teach us' In his homily during the Feb. 3 Mass to celebrate Catholic Schools Week, Bishops Charles C. Thompson mentioned comments from Pope Francis about what we all must do in reaching out to help those most in need – including the homeless and others “in the margins.” He included the foll...
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Thursday, February 11, 2016

Do you see it? Mercy surrounds us

Do you see it? Mercy surrounds us Seriously … do you see it? Mercy really does surround us. And this week – the week of Jan. 31 through Feb. 6 – provides all the evidence we need to see the God’s mercy everywhere … virtually every day. We have two landmarks over these seven days: The closing of the Yea...
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Wednesday, February 03, 2016

Research sometimes belies the truth

Research sometimes belies the truth The headline above says it all – research sometimes belies the truth. The highly respected Pew Research Organization recently provided a perfect example. The Message Twitter feed recently included a graphic that quickly reported the results of Pew research into religion. Its headline read, &#...
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Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Where do we go from here?

Where do we go from here? This issue of The Message includes an envelope you can use to renew your annual subscription – or start a new one. We hope you will consider one of those options as you look through this issue and get a feel for what our Catholic community newspaper brings into your home. Recently, I read an...
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Thursday, January 21, 2016

Harden not your heart

Harden not your heart The Gospel reading for daily Mass on Jan. 6 ends with two sentences that ought to give all of us pause. After recounting the story of the loaves and fishes, which is the Gospel for Jan. 5 Masses, Mark tells us (on Jan. 6) of Jesus calming stormy seas as he climbs into the apostles’ boat. The...
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Wednesday, January 06, 2016