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Lindsey Weishar: Preparing room to hear His voice during transitions of August

My Vocation is Love / By Lindsey Weishar For many, especially those in school or living with someone in school, August is a month of transitions. In this last month of scorching summer temperatures (hopefully!), there’s a freshness, an orientation toward the new — new school supplies, new routine, new faces in one’s classes. August […]

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Paul Moore: Here’s to longer lines at the confessional, sins lost, forgiveness found

A sign on a door adjacent to Care Net Pregnancy Center in Monroe, Wisconsin.

In My Father’s House / Paul Thomas Moore This column is meant most particularly for all of us who have participated in the sacrament of reconciliation — whether regularly (weekly or monthly), on special occasions (Christmas or Easter), or even for whom the last time may have been at confirmation. People describe many things as […]

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Follow Christ, and lead others to Him

Kim Padan

Living the Word / Kim Padan Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time/Aug. 14 Jeremiah 38:4-6,8-10; Psalm 40:2,3,4,18; Hebrews 12:1-4; Luke 12:49-53 Looking at the readings for this weekend, I am reminded of how difficult it can be to be a disciple of Jesus Christ, but also how comforted I am to know He makes firm my steps. […]

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“From the Dust of the Earth” is a powerful addition to the evolution conversation

Dr. Matthew Ramage's book "is a timely and needed work in the quest to explain human origins in light of Faith and science."

Reviewed for The Catholic Post by Matthew Vander Vennet Many Christians today bristle when someone mentions the word “evolution.” This reaction has become unfortunately too common. As Catholics, we do not need to shy away from the conversation and debate regarding evolution and the Faith. Dr. Matthew Ramage’s recently released book from The Catholic University […]

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Sr. Maggie Buergler, OSB, dies; funeral is Aug. 11 at St. Mary Monastery, Rock Island

Sr. Mary Magdalene “Maggie” Buergler, OSB

ROCK ISLAND — A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered on Thursday, Aug. 11, in the Chapel of St. Mary Monastery here for Sister Mary Magdalene “Maggie” Buergler, OSB. Burial will take place in Calvary Cemetery, also in Rock Island. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 10, at the […]

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Courage, resilience: Trip shows tenacity of Canada’s Indigenous and Pope Francis

Pope Francis and Chief Wilton Littlechild say farewell to each other July 29 in Iqaluit, Nunavut, as the pope prepares to return to the Vatican after a six-day visit. Littlechild, a 78-year-old lawyer, survivor of abuse in a residential school and former grand chief of the Confederacy of Treaty Six First Nations, had lobbied hard for the pope to visit Canada and apologize to residential school survivors. (CNS/Vatican Media)

By Cindy Wooden / Catholic News Service IQALUIT, Nunavut (CNS) — At the end of his six-day visit to Canada, Pope Francis, sitting in a wheelchair, said goodbye to Chief Wilton Littlechild, also sitting in a wheelchair. Littlechild, a 78-year-old lawyer, survivor of abuse in a residential school and former grand chief of the Confederacy […]

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Fall Scout Rendezvous to take place at London Mills the weekend of Sept. 16-18

Scouts and American Heritage Girls from around the diocese pose before carrying flags into St. Mary's Cathedral at the opening of this year's Scout Mass on Feb. 27. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

The Diocese of Peoria’s Catholic Committee on Scouting has scheduled its annual Fall Scout Rendezvous for the weekend of Sept. 16-18 at Ingersoll Scout Reservation in London Mills. The weekend of camping, games, and activities is designed for youth in the Boy Scouts of America, Girl Scouts, and American Heritage Girls who have completed the […]

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Fr. Marchulones, 82, dies; longtime pastor in East Peoria, was principal of 3 schools

Father Kenneth Marchulones

A funeral Mass will be offered at St. Monica Church in East Peoria at 11 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 5, for Father Kenneth Marchulones, who served as pastor of the East Peoria parish for 26 years and is a former principal of three Catholic high schools in the Diocese of Peoria. Father Marchulones, who has […]

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Paul Moore: Stepping in from the threshold of the door to make decisions

In My Father’s House / Paul Thomas Moore I have a bit of a complicated relationship with decision-making. Sometimes I charge in impulsively (“where angels fear to tread,” as my Mom used to say) without sufficiently thinking — or more importantly, praying — things through beforehand, and must beat a retreat later. Other times I […]

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What are we desiring more of in life? Things? Success? How about Jesus?

Carla Oliver

Living the Word / By Carla Oliver Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time / July 31 Ecclesiastes 1:2; 2:21-23; Psalm 90:3-4,5-6,12-13,14,17; Colossians 3:1-5,9-11; Luke 12:13-21 I always find there to be a little bit of humor in thinking about what it must have been like for members of the early church to process what Jesus meant when […]

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