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Lenten learnings out of the mouths of babes

By Courtney Grussing, guest columnist I am honored that The Post Online has invited me to be a guest columnist. My first thought was, “What valuable insight do I have to share with others?” As a mom with four young children (a 10-year-old and 6-year-old triplets), it was suggested I might want to share my […]

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Celebrating Stephen, keeping things simple

Cause of Our Joy / Katie Faley St. Stephen has always fascinated me. The image that immediately comes to mind when I think of St. Stephen is a man tied to a tree, bloodied from the rocks being hurled at him. I don’t even think I’ve ever really seen a picture of St. Stephen. It’s […]

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Remembering Mark Buettner: a truly grace-filled walk to the wings

Praying over Mark Buettner at the July 22 Catholic Charismatic Renewal Conference in Peoria were Deacon Kevin Zeeb of Blessed Sacrament Parish in Morton as well as Laura Rebenzer and Miriam Johll of Shadow on the Water. Mark died Nov. 20 after a long, faith-filled fight with cancer. (The Catholic Post/Paul Thomas Moore)

In My Father’s House / Paul Thomas Moore I am reminded of Mark Buettner with every move I make. Mark was a physical therapist at OSF HealthCare on North Glen Park Place in Peoria and a member with his wife Pamela and five children of St. Mark Parish in Peoria. He died on Nov. 20, […]

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A daily December saintly journey

Cause of Our Joy / By Katie Faley I really enjoyed doing a mini-retreat through the month of October. So, if you’d like, follow along with me through December on another small daily spiritual journey. (Click here for a printable, one-page PDF of this calendar.) DEC 1: ST. EDMUND CAMPION He converted to Catholicism after […]

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Start Christmas shopping early, then enter fully into the season of Advent

Columnist Katie Faley hopes early shopping helps her save "mental energy and all that time for what really matters -- entering into the season of Advent, preparing the way of the Lord, and opening the door to the inn of my heart for the baby Jesus." (CNS/Reuters)

Cause of Our Joy / By Katie Faley It’s Dec. 23, I’ve only just finished my Christmas shopping, I’m feverishly wrapping presents, I’m tired and worn out, cursing myself for waiting until the last minute yet again, and I’m promising myself that I’m going to start my Christmas shopping in October next year. But of […]

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Praying for the dead — an All Souls Day reflection

A granite crucifix is seen among the headstones in a Catholic cemetery. All Souls' Day, the commemoration of all the faithful departed, is Nov. 2. (OSV News /Gregory A. Shemitz)

My Vocation is Love / Lindsey Weishar As we come upon the glorious feast of All Saints and the somber commemoration of All Souls, I am ever-more reminded of how intertwined the church is. Whether Church Triumphant (those in heaven), Church Suffering (those in purgatory), or Church Militant (those of us here on earth), we are […]

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Inspiration and revelation: God’s breath

My Vocation is Love / By Lindsey Weishar Recently, I had the opportunity to sit down with some friends for a group reading of a Flannery O’Connor short story I hadn’t encountered before, “Parker’s Back.” Though I admire that O’Connor was able to write stories that speak to both Catholics and non-Catholics alike, I have had […]

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