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Editorial: Omicron is coming; so is the Alpha and the Omega

On the first Sunday of Advent, the media were filled with stories about waiting and preparing. The Sunday morning talk shows trotted out modern prophets foretelling of an arrival. Smartphones dinged with the latest headlines and updates about what’s coming and how it might change our lives. A common theme? Now is the time to […]

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The church is listening

Last summer, when newly arrived Coadjutor Bishop Louis Tylka set out on his ambitious “Welcome Tour” around the Diocese of Peoria, The Catholic Post was present at each stop — camera and notebook in hand — as he celebrated Masses in the various vicariates and greeted the faithful afterward. What we did not report on […]

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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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