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Smiles really DO beget smiles!

Smiles really DO beget smiles!   Most of last week (i.e. Dec. 8-11), smiles begot smiles in the gymnasium of our Catholic Center. Fortunate to be an observer of what played out there, I expected some of them; others made me thank God.   During those four days, the Catholic Center gym hosted the 2014 edition of Catholic...
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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Papa is all about our Mother

Papa is all about our Mother   I get it; about Pope Francis, that is.   Do you?   New Chicago Archbishop Blase J. Cupich does. Sister Mary Ann Walsh included the following quote from Archbishop Cupich in a Nov. 16 “America” magazine blog entry called, “A close look at the new Archbishop of Chic...
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Monday, December 01, 2014

Giving thanks for proof of God's existence

Giving thanks for proof of God's existence Yes indeed … proof of God’s existence … that’s the collective term I use for everything that comes to mind this time of year, when all of us take a moment to reflect on what we’re grateful for.   Seriously; blessings prove God’s existence. What did I do to d...
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Monday, November 17, 2014

Forget confusion: Let's just hope and trust

Forget confusion: Let's just hope and trust God bless Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin, Ireland.  He participated in last month’s Extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the Family. Last week, Catholic News Service writer Michael Kelly reported that Archbishop Martin has said he was “quite surprised at the remarks of some comm...
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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Remembering a very special 'Soul' on All Souls Day

Remembering a very special 'Soul' on All Souls Day Dad died young; and I was too young when he died.    He was 56; I was 14. Just when I had begun maturing to the point where our relationship could grow stronger through true adult friendship, he was gone.    In this week’s “Connecting Faith and Life” column, wh...
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Monday, October 27, 2014

Aren't they really 'Holy Days of Celebration?'

Aren't they really 'Holy Days of Celebration?' We need to change the way we think about holy days.   I’ve been kicking around this idea for months; now is as good a time as any to go public with it. All Saints Day seems a perfect place on the calendar to effect this change.   Will you join me in immediately considering it and ot...
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Monday, October 20, 2014

Odds and ends about unity across our diocese

Odds and ends about unity across our diocese  Odds and ends – all founded in the concept of unity.  This issue includes decrees announcing changes in alignment that are part of the ongoing parish reorganization. It IS that, of course – but it’s more. I’ve seen it first-hand.  Parishes come together and,...
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Monday, September 22, 2014

A starry reminder that some things never change

A starry reminder that some things never change Orion is back.   I look forward to that constellation’s return to dark skies every year about this time for a variety of reasons. I enjoy the outdoors … fishing, hunting, camping, among other things; seeing “the hunter” for the first time means new seasons are on the wa...
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Monday, August 25, 2014

Really … it's not all about us

Really … it's not all about us   When it comes to our Church, our faith and our Mission as Catholics, we Americans need to stop being so self-centered. As the headline above suggests, it’s not all about us.   Admittedly, there are more than 88 million of us Catholics in North America according to a Pew Research s...
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Monday, August 11, 2014

'Do not deprive yourself of the day's enjoyment'

'Do not deprive yourself of the day's enjoyment'   In paragraph No. 4 of “Evangelii Gaudium,” his apostolic exhortation on the joy of the Gospel, Pope Francis recalls Sirach 14: 11, 14: “My child, treat yourself well, according to your means … Do not deprive yourself of the day’s enjoyment.”   Lots of...
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Monday, July 28, 2014