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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

Take mercy with you … and use it often

Take mercy with you … and use it often Here we are … about 10 days into the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy. Christmas is around the corner, and with it opportunities to spend time with friends and family. Having said that, I hope you will give me a chance to explain why I believe this is such a great time to practice the Spiritual...
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Thursday, December 17, 2015

Standing at the threshold of a memorable year

Standing at the threshold of a memorable year As we conclude the first week of the new liturgical year, it already has become clear that the coming 12 months will be memorable for a number of reasons. Let’s look at a few of them. In just a few days, on the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, Pope Francis will begin the Extraordinary...
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Thursday, December 03, 2015

Mercy walks among us

Mercy walks among us Back in September, Pope Francis wrote about the upcoming Jubilee Year of Mercy in a letter to Archbishop Rino Fisichella, President of the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelization.   “I have asked the Church in this Jubilee Year to rediscover the richness encompasse...
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Monday, November 02, 2015

A perfect time for a great prayer habit

A perfect time for a great prayer habit   Now … a month removed from our Holy Father’s apostolic visit to America … is a perfect time for all of us to begin a great prayer habit. Let’s all commit to praying daily – with and for Pope Francis. The Apostleship of Prayer can and will help us.   Based i...
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Monday, October 19, 2015

'His Holiness' moves America and the world

'His Holiness' moves America and the world   “His Holiness.”   In my opinion, no pope in my lifetime has worn that title as well – or deserved it as much – as Pope Francis. I was blessed to experience that first-hand throughout his stop in Washington, D.C., during the historic papal visit to Cuba and Americ...
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Thursday, October 01, 2015

Knee-deep in a stream of Catholic Social Teaching

Knee-deep in a stream of Catholic Social Teaching   More than 35 years ago, some friends and I – all of us trout fishermen – journeyed hours from our homes on a regular basis to work together – knee-deep in a stream of Catholic Social Teaching. At the time, we never realized that’s what we were doing.   Our work i...
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Thursday, September 17, 2015

' … it will never be the same again'

' … it will never be the same again'   Fourteen years ago, this day of this month started out like most others. It was a Tuesday that year.   Up early; took care of the dog; shaved, showered, dressed, made some breakfast; got out the door and made the 20-minute drive to work at a daily newspaper – The Dominion Post in...
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Thursday, September 10, 2015

More on the 'treasure' of Catholic education

More on the 'treasure' of Catholic education   I guess this is my “Proud Papa” column for 2015.   Students across our 28 Catholic schools proved again this year that their education might be priceless. Without question, it is proving as valuable as any other treasure they will encounter in their lives.   Treasure? D...
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Monday, June 08, 2015