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Perspective comes through a metaphor from God

Perspective comes through a metaphor from God   When God offers a metaphor, it’s always very powerful. He offered one April 18 as I zipped west through Ohio on I-70. Clearly visible along the north side of the bustling interstate, U.S. 40 – the “National Road” – parallels its four-lane, limited-access success...
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Monday, April 27, 2015

Catholic education impacts us every day

Catholic education impacts us every day   I had another column all ready to go for this issue of The Message. After reading a Catholic News Service story about the keynote address Carolyn Woo delivered at the National Catholic Education Association meeting, I decided that column could wait.   Woo’s remarks moved me becaus...
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Monday, April 13, 2015

History's most heinous execution gives pause

History's most heinous execution gives pause   Jesus was a victim of the death penalty.   Did you ever think about it that way? He was. We remember His heinous execution every Good Friday.   Shouldn’t we honor His ultimate sacrifice – for our redemption – the rest of the year by living a witness that respects...
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Monday, March 30, 2015

Almsgiving takes many forms and happens daily around us

Almsgiving takes many forms and happens daily around us   As you read this, less than two weeks remain in our 2015 Lenten journey. Many times since Feb. 18 – Ash Wednesday – we have heard the phrase that defines these 40 days of preparation … prayer, fasting and almsgiving.   We can do each daily, year-round. And it has occur...
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Monday, March 23, 2015

A look at 'the state of being poor'

A look at 'the state of being poor' Webster defines poverty succinctly: “The state of being poor.”   As part of this special issue of The Message, we share with you a pastoral letter on poverty issued by Indiana’s five bishops. Please spend some time in that special section, and please keep it for future refere...
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Monday, March 09, 2015

With apologies to Bobby McFerrin….

With apologies to Bobby McFerrin….   One major branch of my extended-family tree has deep roots in the outdoor industry – boating, camping, fishing, hunting, shooting and all that goes with them. I spent more than 30 years writing newspaper columns and magazine features on those things; and God blessed me with the chance...
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Monday, March 02, 2015

I really don't like the word 'apologetics'

I really don't like the word 'apologetics'   Let me apologize now if the rest of this column offends you.   Truly, I don’t believe it will. But I make that statement more as a way of getting to the heart of this piece.   If you visit the dictionary.com website and look up apologize, you’ll get two definitions. The...
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Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Delving into 'the foolishness of faith'

Delving into 'the foolishness of faith'   Recently, The Message reader Mary Jo Bennett shared a “Justice Prayer.” I want to focus on its last sentence:   “And may you be blessed with the foolishness to think that you can make a difference in the world, so you will do things which others say cannot be done.R...
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Monday, February 02, 2015

Your Catholic community continues to evolve

Your Catholic community continues to evolve   What’s that old cliché … “Change is the only constant?” It’s something like that.   Take The Message as a perfect example. With this issue, we mark the first anniversary of full-on launch of our digital edition. Many readers are embracing it, and we ho...
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Monday, January 19, 2015

A wish you for you and a resolution for me

A wish you for you and a resolution for me   On my way to church for the New Year’s Eve Vigil Mass of the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God, this column preoccupied my thoughts. Over and over, my thoughts went all over the place before returning to one of my favorite Bible passages – and I decided to make it the focus of thi...
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Monday, January 05, 2015