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Popular opinion doesn't mean it's right

Popular opinion doesn't mean it's right As the saying goes, “No good deed ever goes unpunished.”  Several weeks ago, a news person was commenting on the popularity of Pope Francis and his tone of compassion.  The news anchor, noting that he was “raised Roman Catholic,” could not help but take the opportu...
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Monday, May 05, 2014

Easter Vigil 2014

Easter Vigil 2014   The scope of our celebration of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ—our sense of understanding and appreciation—must not be limited to a mere event that took place in the past, some 2000 years ago.  To even begin to grasp the fullness of the Easter Message, we must ponder the s...
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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

How to deal with all the unrest around us

How to deal with all the unrest around us   Someone recently commented that the most important piece of furniture in a home is the bed.   After all, this same person noted, we are supposed to spend one-third of our time in bed.  A good night’s rest is a key component to being happy, healthy and productive.  T...
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Sunday, April 13, 2014

Anniversaries Mass at St. Benedict Cathedral

Anniversaries Mass at St. Benedict Cathedral   Here is the homily which was presented by Bishop Charles C. Thompson during the April 11 Mass at St. Benedict Cathedral in Evansville. What’s in a name?  As Shakespeare wrote, “A rose by any other name is still a rose.”  In  addition to a cathedral or a bish...
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Friday, April 11, 2014

Lenten Message

Lenten Message     The three-fold Lenten discipline of prayer, fasting and almsgiving is meant to prompt a two-fold experience for us.  On the one hand, our Lenten discipline allows us to more fully appreciate our dependence upon God’s presence and grace in our lives, especially as revealed...
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Tuesday, March 04, 2014

Love gives life to every vocation, Church ministry and service

Love gives life to every vocation, Church ministry and service During the month of February, primarily because of one particular date on the calendar (e.g. February 14), minds and hearts tend to gravitate toward notions of romance.  Soon after Christmas, stores quickly make ready for Valentine’s Day with advertisements, candy, cards, flowers, gifts...
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Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Pope Francis and 'The Joy of the Gospel'

Pope Francis and 'The Joy of the Gospel'              Pope Francis has certainly captured the imagination of the world, both inside and outside Catholicism.  In addition to being only the third pope in history to be named a Time’s “Person of the Year,” his...
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Monday, January 20, 2014

Room for Jesus

Room for Jesus             Practically everyone is familiar with the slogan, “Jesus is the reason for the season.”  For an authentic disciple of Jesus Christ, this is more than just a fancy quip to sell coffee mugs and other items at Christma...
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Monday, December 09, 2013

Remembering with a grateful heart

Remembering with a grateful heart November is often referred to as the month of remembrance and thanksgiving.  With the lingering hue of fall colors and a chill in the air, this month begins with the celebration of All Saints and All Souls.  These special days raise our awareness of those who intercede for us and those w...
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Sunday, November 10, 2013

Catholic education

Catholic education It is quite apparent to all that another school year is back in session, going full throttle.  The signs are all about us; namely, the sight of buses, flashing school zone lights and backpacks.  Friday night football and various fall sports are underway.  Children and youth of all ag...
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Sunday, October 13, 2013