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Unmask the unborn, follow the science

As we move toward October, Respect Life Month, we have a couple of suggestions for those interested in truth when it comes to human life. First, unmask the unborn. Just as our face coverings — necessitated by the pandemic month after month — hide our expressions and muffle our voices, so too humans not yet […]

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With unsettling focus on mask division, let’s unite in back-to-school prayer

One year ago, Levi Bounds and his classmates in Natalie Perry's third grade at Corpus Christi School in Bloomington began the school year as they do every day, with prayer. (The Catholic Post file photo/Jennifer Willems)

No student wants to repeat a grade in school. And no student, parent, teacher, or principal wants a third school year impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Yet here we are, as another wave grows — fueled by the Delta variant and with no vaccine available for children 12 and under. Though the virus is the […]

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Visit, celebrate our new retreat center

We hope you can make it to Sunday afternoon’s open house at the Diocese of Peoria’s new Sacré-Coeur Retreat Center, featured in a special section within this issue of The Catholic Post. But if you can’t, not to worry. This jewel of renewal, built on the site of the former retreat center originally known as […]

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Consider the iceberg

It’s the Fourth of July and summer has come in hot. So let’s think about ice for a minute. Specifically, imagine an iceberg floating in an ocean. What is seen above the surface, we’re told, is only about 10 percent of an iceberg’s actual size. Ninety percent is unseen below. It’s good to think of […]

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Three questions to consider before posting or commenting on social media

Is social media a blessing or a curse? Arguments for the latter would point to the addictive nature of the likes of Facebook and other interactive technologies, how they actually decrease face-to-face communication skills, and the divisiveness and nastiness seen online, especially in comments. But among the positives is how quickly a prayer request can […]

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Lessons from the pandemic, as shared by our top Catholic high school graduates

Catholic leaders locally and globally have said we can’t return to “normal” after the pandemic. Marking the one-year anniversary of COVID-19’s disruption of lives in the United States, Coadjutor Bishop Louis Tylka urged us in mid-March to choose “a new way of living” that incorporates deeper faith in Jesus Christ, the lessons learned from the […]

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This Pentecost feels like a starting line

With its themes of breathing new life into the world and renewal, this Pentecost Sunday — May 23 — may have special significance in 2021 for Catholics as we appear to be emerging from the pandemic in the United States. Many who have been hesitant to attend Mass are doing so again, thanks to vaccinations […]

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We’re missing the Men’s March

Students from the St. John Paul II Catholic Newman Center at Illinois State University in Normal carry a statue of Jesus near the front of the 2018 men's march through downtown Peoria. (The Catholic Post file/Tom Dermody)

In the litany of events cancelled or postponed because of COVID-19, the Diocese of Peoria’s annual Men’s March may seem like a minor one. It’s not as personal as a high school graduation, nor on a global scale such as the 2020 Olympics. But as the Feast of St. Joseph the Worker nears on May […]

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