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Should Catholics throw cold water on the Ice Bucket Challenge?

I’ve always enjoyed time travel stories. Lately, I wish I could go back to last November and a meeting of The Catholic Post’s board of directors. I’d love to see their reaction as I announce: “I’ve got a novel idea for the newspaper’s 2014 Delivering Unity Campaign. It will use social media. We’ll have someone […]

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Religious freedom is at risk in the United States as well

It’s unlikely that religious freedom in the United States would ever vanish as quickly as it has in recent days in Iraq, where violent Islamic militants are taking over cities in a murderous advance that has set the world on edge. In those occupied areas, shariah law and its strict moral and legal code has […]

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Lessons for Dads from the spontaneous gestures of the Holy Father

Dads, take a Father’s Day lesson from the Holy Father. Pope Francis is gaining quite a reputation for spontaneous gestures that show his joy or compassion. And his visit to the Holy Land included more off-the-script moments. For example, on his way to a Mass in Bethlehem, he made an unscheduled stop to pray before […]

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Help vocations blossom this spring

In addition to being Mother’s Day, this Sunday is World Day for Vocations in the Catholic Church. And while flowers and cards are nice, we can’t think of any mother who wouldn’t be made happy by her child becoming and doing what he or she was created by God to be and do. Providentially, this […]

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See you on Saturday, men

Photo Caption: “A Call to Catholic Men of Faith,” also known as the Men’s March and Mass, will step off from the Peoria riverfront on Saturday, April 26. Here’s a challenge to Catholic men of the Diocese of Peoria: If you have yet to experience “A Call to Catholic Men of Faith,” better known as […]

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Resurrection stories plentiful, but none like our Savior’s

In scenes calling to mind the Marines raising the U.S. flag at Iwo Jima during World War II, groups of volunteers in the tornado-stricken town of Gifford in Champaign County on April 5 planted more than 200 donated trees. Around town other volunteers and workers, including a group of students from St. John’s Catholic Newman […]

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Thanksgiving in Lent

Catholics can choose to “give up” many things for Lent, but never joy and gratitude. And we have plenty of reasons for both while continuing our journey with Christ to Calvary and Easter. As the church pauses on March 13 to mark the first anniversary of the election of Pope Francis, we express our thanks […]

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Do you check Facebook more than your Bible?

When the social media giant Facebook observed its 10th anniversary earlier this month, one of the headlines we saw declared that more people read Facebook daily in the U.S. than the Bible. We won’t bore you with the math that led to that conclusion, but we doubt that it shocks anyone. After all, that picture […]

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Planting seeds in the Life of winter

Just remember in the winter, far beneath the bitter snow, lies the seed that with the sun’s love in the spring becomes a rose. ? From “The Rose,” performed by Bette Midler —– Everyone is talking about the weather, and certainly we have experienced the dead of winter in central Illinois. Blasts of arctic air […]

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