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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

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