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Waiting for the 'real Jesus,' Emmanuel

Waiting for the 'real Jesus,' Emmanuel I present this “conversation” as one of John the Baptist’s disciples on mission to confirm Jesus’ real identity for John and for them. Disciple: “Jesus, your imprisoned cousin, John, sends us to you with his urgent question: “Are you the one who is to come, or sh...
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Thursday, December 08, 2016

HEROES promote healthy living

HEROES promote healthy living Third-grade students at Saint Benedict Cathedral school in Evansville are channeling their inner heroes while learning to make good choices.     Working alongside their teachers and Master Gardener community volunteers, the students are caring for two garden towers to plant organic foods...
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Thursday, December 08, 2016

Benedictine Prioress reflects on Florence Henderson

Benedictine Sister Barbara Lynn Schmitz, prioress of Monastery Immaculate Conception in Ferdinand, provided the following comments on Florence Henderson to The Message: “Florence and her husband John were good friends of the Sisters of St. Benedict.  Stories of her childhood, growing up...
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Thursday, December 01, 2016

The difference is often the resources

The difference is often the resources People who live in poverty generally don’t lack intelligence. In fact, as Shelia Gilbert, the first woman president of the U.S. Society of St. Vincent de Paul told attendees of the Nov. 29 Diocese of Evansville Poverty Summit,  in order to survive in poverty one has to be pretty smart. &...
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Thursday, December 01, 2016

O Jesus, living in Mary, come and live in our hearts!

Advent has always been a special time in life for all of us, especially from our earliest memories. The expectation shines bright in our eyes, like the lights glowing in the stores or on the lit Christmas trees on the streets of our cities. As children we never knew what presents, few for sure, wou...
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Thursday, December 01, 2016

Annual Collection Supports Eldercare Needs of Religious Communities

The annual special collection for the Retirement Fund for Religious will be held Dec. 10-11 in parishes across the Diocese of Evansville. Coordinated by the National Religious Retirement Office, the parish-based appeal benefits nearly 33,000 senior Catholic sisters, brothers and religious-order pri...
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Thursday, December 01, 2016

Dale native Florence Henderson dies at 82

Dale native Florence Henderson dies at 82 Here’s the story of a lovely lady. By all accounts, Florence Agnes Henderson was indeed a kind and generous woman who found fame like no other Dale native ever did – unless you count Abraham Lincoln; but he was really a Kentucky native who lived near Little Pigeon Creek before there was...
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Thursday, December 01, 2016

Advent: Longing, anticipating, hoping

Advent: Longing, anticipating, hoping Advent is longing for; it is anticipation for; it is hope. The Catholic Church has celebrated the Liturgies of Advent for centuries, even back to the 5-6th centuries, although with some variations.  This is a special time when we are anticipating the actual coming of Christ as a human person....
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Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Family walks journey of discernment with oldest daughter/sister

Family walks journey of discernment with oldest daughter/sister So, what do you do as parents and family when one of your children seeks to answer the call from God, to follow a vocation in the Religious Life – or any vocation for that matter?  That is a question that we hope most if not all Catholics have at least thought about even if they haven...
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Wednesday, November 23, 2016

The case against physician-assisted suicide

The case against physician-assisted suicide Physician-assisted suicide serves no purpose in medicine or in society. Recently, I met a lady who told me about her father, a man who was a high ranking officer in the U.S. Air Force and later head of a regional airline company.  He was used to being in charge and doing for himself.  Tha...
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Thursday, November 17, 2016