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Reflecting on capital punishment in America

Reflecting on capital punishment in America The dignity of the life of every human person, from conception to natural death, is the Church’s benchmark in her response to the command of Jesus Christ: love your neighbor as yourself. Respect for the dignity of all extends to all humans, including those who have committed crimes. After Vat...
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Wednesday, August 14, 2019

A simple, honorable man

A simple, honorable man      At 2:15 on the morning that I was to later attend the funeral Mass for our beloved uncle John, I was awakened by the persistent ring of a telephone seemingly far off in the distance. Aroused finally from a deep sleep, I was greeted with our son Jimmy’s voice, “Mom, c...
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Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Why fundraising is not stewardship

Why fundraising is not stewardship Last we left, dear reader, we were engaged in a discussion regarding a pastoral letter issued by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops in 1992: “Stewardship: A Disciple’s Response.” Part of this discussion focused on the idea that when we equate fundraising to stewardship, there...
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Wednesday, August 07, 2019

Vacation highlight: 'The Notre Dame of the South'

Vacation highlight: 'The Notre Dame of the South' This time last week, I was basking in the sunshine of Hilton Head Island, enjoying the salty air whirring by, sand in my toes and the sound of waves crashing to the shore. Last Friday was the end of a weeklong vacation to South Carolina with my fiancé and some of our friends. I love the beach;...
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Thursday, July 25, 2019

Digging deeper into 'Stewardship: A Disciple's Response'

Digging deeper into 'Stewardship: A Disciple's Response' If you’ll recall from the last time we visited, our discussion centered around a pastoral letter published by the USCCB in 1992 called “Stewardship: A Disciple’s Response.”  I would like to look a little more closely into that groundbreaking work in this column, as well...
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Thursday, July 25, 2019

It's the small things

It's the small things Mother Teresa tells the story of an elderly Aborigine man who was in dire straits. Totally ignored by everyone, he lived in a dirty, disorderly house when she first met him. She offered to clean his house and wash his clothes, but his reply was, “I am okay like this. Let it be.” However...
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Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Let's not rush to judgment

Let's not rush to judgment We’re all guilty of it from time to time – jumping to conclusions. No matter the situation, big or small, sometimes we can’t help but rush to judgment; and typically we think we are right and the other party is wrong. But is it really that black and white? There have been times wh...
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Thursday, July 11, 2019

Meet the Director of Stewardship

Meet the Director of Stewardship Greetings to you, the People of God in the Diocese of Evansville! My name is Matt Potter, and I am the new Director of Stewardship for the Diocese of Evansville. I am quite pleased to be here and grateful to Bishop Siegel for his confidence in me. I come to you from the Diocese of Cheyenne, Wyoming...
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Thursday, July 11, 2019

Staying in touch with old friends

Staying in touch with old friends Last week, I met an old friend after work for dinner. When I say old friend, I mean someone I’ve known since I was young, around junior high age. We hadn’t seen one another in quite some time, and it was so good for my soul to catch up with her. An old friend is a wonderful friend to ha...
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Thursday, June 27, 2019

Walking an uncertain path

Walking an uncertain path      A month before Mother’s Day our oldest son Jimmy invited me on a backpacking weekend at Red River Gorge with him, his oldest four children and a few friends. He reminded me of my previous statement about wanting to do some hiking with his family. Since the idea sounded int...
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Wednesday, June 19, 2019