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Power of faith disposes us to compassion

Living the Word l Tim Irwin Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time l Aug. 20 Isaiah 56:1,6-7; Psalm 67:2-3,5,6,8; Romans 11:13-14,29-32; Matthew 15:21-28 The Gospel for the 20th Sunday of Ordinary Time presents an ancient example of a polarized society, perhaps encouraging some Christians who promote this view today. In fact, it is a call to look […]

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Good stories: food for the journey

My Vocation is Love l Lindsey Weishar In a review he wrote for J.R.R. Tolkien’s “The Lord of the Rings” books, C.S. Lewis says something quite profound about the world Tolkien has built: “Despite many a snug fireside and many an hour of good cheer to gratify the Hobbit in each of us, anguish is, for […]

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Last Mass offered at St. Elizabeth Church in Washburn as community says farewell

The last Mass at St. Elizabeth Church in Washburn was celebrated on July 29. It has been relegated to “profane but not sordid use” by a decree from the Diocese of Peoria and closed. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

WASHBURN — For 87 years, Marie Beltramea Bond called St. Elizabeth Church here her spiritual home. So it gave her great joy to return with her extended family last weekend for one last Mass and potluck. “It’s marvelous,” she said as she looked around at the basement parish hall that was filled with people and […]

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Walls come down as Spirit brings new life at Catholic charismatic conference

Merlyn Sondag of Immaculate Conception parish in Manito is surrounded with prayer for healing from an arthritic left leg at the Catholic Charismatic Renewal Conference July 22 at the Spalding Pastoral Center in Peoria. (The Catholic Post/Paul Thomas Moore)

By Paul Thomas Moore l The Catholic Post Many walls of physical, emotional, mental and spiritual resistance came down during the 37th Annual Catholic Charismatic Renewal Conference, “I Have Loved You with an Everlasting Love.” It took place at the Spalding Pastoral Center in Peoria. At one point, presenter Michael Nolan of Shadow on the […]

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“Meg 2: The Trench” (Warner Bros.)

Movie poster for "Meg 2: The Trench" produced by Warner Bros. OSV News classification is A-III -- adults. (OSV News photo/Warner Bros)

By OSV News Unintended comedy paces the boredom-inducing banality of this follow-up to a 2018 feature about the accidental unleashing of an outsized prehistoric shark. Jason Statham returns as the deep-sea diver of the original who now busies himself as a palooka of an environmental warrior. When not rumbling with polluters, he continues exploring the […]

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Rock Island Vicariate planning eucharistic revival ‘pilgrimage’ Aug. 19-24

Father Luke Spannagel

Grace will be flowing like a river from Aug. 19 to 24 when the parishes of the Rock Island Vicariate come together for a Eucharistic Revival. Leading them on the “R.I.V.E.R. pilgrimage” will be Father Luke Spannagel, one of more than 50 National Eucharistic Preachers. The idea for the vicariate gathering grew out of a […]

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Levering’s book explores Newman’s concerns on doctrinal corruption

Reviewed by Dr. Matthew Vander Vennet Word on Fire Academic has recently published a work on St. John Henry Newman by the inimitable Dr. Matthew Levering titled “Newman on Doctrinal Corruption.” Newman has many claims to fame, but chief among those claims lies his thoughts on the development of Christian doctrine over the centuries. In fact, […]

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St. Peregrine, pray for us: Monticello shrine comforts all touched by cancer

Bishop Louis Tylka offers a prayer of blessing for the new St. Peregrine Shrine at St. Philomena Church in Monticello. St. Peregrine -- who was healed of a cancerous growth on his foot when he had a vision of Jesus touching him -- is the patron saint of those with cancer. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

MONTICELLO — In her heart, Ruth Ann Larson believes there isn’t one person who has not been touched by cancer in one form or another. What they didn’t have was a place they could go to remember, pray and reflect — until now. With a statue donated by Larson and her family and the support […]

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