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Thanksgiving thoughts and wishes, a little early

Thanksgiving thoughts and wishes, a little early   Yes, I know; Thanksgiving is almost two weeks off. But I hope you’ll humor me this week. Thank you – all of you. Thank you for helping us make The Message the very best community newspaper for the Diocese of Evansville. You’ve done that, in the almost-four months I’ve...
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Monday, November 11, 2013

Recognizing and fighting the devil's attacks

Recognizing and fighting the devil's attacks Anxiety, I’ve learned, represents the devil’s attacks on us. “Wait,” you say, “what?!” You heard me – anxiety represents the devil’s attacks. Let’s dig a little deeper into that concept. First – what is anxiety? Webster says it is “a...
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Monday, November 04, 2013

God's presence in our lives? Pay attention now

God's presence in our lives? Pay attention now   Several weeks ago, God blessed me with the opportunity to hear Deacon John McMullen deliver his first-ever homily. In it, he said something that inspired me to write what follows. As way of setting up one of his final points, Deacon McMullen said, “We all know someone who says they jus...
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Monday, October 21, 2013

Trust in God's mercy - just don't take it for granted

Trust in God's mercy - just don't take it for granted   Do you know how fortunate you are? Do you have any idea how fortunate all of us are – that God chooses to have mercy on us? I believe we often take mercy for granted – more often than we should. Like you, I suspect, this whole concept doesn’t stay at the front of my mind; o...
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Monday, October 07, 2013

Let's talk about the kingdom of God and the salvation of souls

Let's talk about the kingdom of God and the salvation of souls   Yes … let’s talk about the Diocesan Strategic Plan.   Wait … what?!   Elsewhere in this historic issue of the Message, you can read about the initial changes coming to our diocese as part of the plan; you can read the decrees that enable those changes in their ent...
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Thursday, September 26, 2013

Take a fresh look at your guardian angel

Take a fresh look at your guardian angel Why isn’t there much – if any – imagery of guardian angels with adults? I wondered that for years; and, I confess, it irritated me a bit. “C’mon,” I’d think to myself. “My guardian angel didn’t leave me when I got my driver’s license.̶...
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Monday, September 09, 2013

Revisiting a recent television interview

Revisiting a recent television interview   The morning of July 11, an Evansville TV reporter called asking for an interview “to discuss Catholic Church teaching on the death penalty.” A few minutes before the call, I quickly learned, convicted killer Jeffrey Weisheit got the death penalty for his crimes.   Seemed sim...
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Tuesday, August 27, 2013

The promise of St. Gertrude's prayer for souls in purgatory: true or false?

The promise of St. Gertrude's prayer for souls in purgatory:  true or false?   What if you could free 1,000 souls from purgatory in less than 20 seconds?   Would you do it?   Could you do it?   At the risk of sounding flip – the answer to that last question depends on whom you ask.   The reference here is to the “Prayer of St. Gertrude f...
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Monday, August 12, 2013

Eucharistic adoration: a time to sit quietly and listen

Eucharistic adoration: a time to sit quietly and listen Eucharistic adoration is one of God’s greatest gifts to us.   Of course, we kneel and pray before the Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of our Savior any time we are in a sanctuary where the Eucharist reposes in a tabernacle. We do it all the time in church; but something about praying befo...
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Monday, July 29, 2013

I'm not texting, I'm praying

I'm not texting, I'm praying Dozens of prayers – and multiple versions of the Catholic Bible – are with me everywhere. They’re loaded on my iPhone. Some folks at Masses I attend probably shake their heads sadly and think, “Oh, my…. That man just got back in the pew from receiving Holy Communion, a...
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Monday, July 08, 2013