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Redemption by Jesus of Thomas, the doubter, offers us a message of hope

Tim Irwin

By Tim Irwin Second Sunday of Easter/April 23 Acts 2:42-47; Psalm 118:2-4,13-15,22-24; 1 Peter 1:3-9; (Sequence) Victimae paschali laudes; John 20:19-31 The Second Sunday of Easter offers us one of most comforting appearances of the Risen Christ — the story of doubting Thomas. These days, when our culture seems to be defined by the plague of […]

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Grace saves our well-intentioned but often weak, impulsive human hearts

Shawn Reeves

By Shawn Reeves Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion/April 9 (At the procession with palms) Matthew 21:1-11 (At the Mass) Isaiah 50:4-7; Psalm 22:8-9,17-18,19-20,23-24; Philippians 2:6-11; Matthew 26:14 — 27:66 In every grocery store around the country, there rest rows of candy bars, stacks of magazines, and displays of DVDs all awaiting the eyes of […]

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Better spiritual vision this Lent: clear sight of the soul leads to belief in Christ

Shawn Reeves

Fourth Sunday of Lent (Laetare Sunday)/March 26 1 Samuel 16:1b,6-7,10-13a; Psalm 23:1-3a,3b-4,5,6; Ephesians 5:8-14; John 9:1-41 When I was younger, I was fascinated with the biology of the human eye, so much so that I adopted the topic for my junior high science fair project. I was captivated by the precision with which the ocular pigments […]

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Our pilgrimage of Lent requires moving from the familiar to attain the eternal

Shawn Reeves

By Shawn Reeves Second Sunday of Lent/March 12 Genesis 12:1-4a; Psalm 33:4-5,18-19,20,22; 2 Timothy 1:8b-10; Matthew 17:1-9 The unknown is uncomfortable. We can neither anticipate its outcomes nor prepare for its challenges. It remains undefined and foreign. And so we tend to flee from it as far as we can. But seldom do we succeed in […]

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Familiar texts speak in new ways to discerning ears, so listen closely

Father R. Michael Schaab

By Father R. Michael Schaab Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time/Feb. 26 Isaiah 49:14-15; Psalm 62:2-3,6-7,8-9; 1 Corinthians 4:1-5; Matthew 6:24-34 All too often in reading Scripture we focus only on the meaning of words. In the readings for the Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time and the First Sunday of Lent, there are lots of important words, […]

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Spirit of God is a necessary guide to our moral decision making

Father R. Michael Schaab

By Father R. Michael Schaab Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time/Feb. 12 Sirach 15:15-20; Psalm 119:1-2,4-5,17-18,33-34; 1 Corinthians 2:6-10; Matthew 5:17-37 Early in life we are taught that we employ both our intellect and our will in making decisions. With our intellect we are able to know right from wrong, and with our will we can freely […]

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The attitude of true humility leads to justice

Father R. Michael Schaab

By Father R. Michael Schaab Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time/Jan. 29 Zephaniah 2:3;3:12-13; Psalm 146:6-7,8-9,9-10; 1 Corinthians 1:26-31; Matthew 5:1-12a Tim McGraw’s popular song “Humble and Kind” has these words in the refrain: “Hold the door, say please, say thank you, Don’t steal, don’t cheat and don’t lie. I know you got mountains to climb, but […]

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Asking ‘How do readings challenge me?’ reveals food for thought — and faith

Father R. Michael Schaab

By Father R. Michael Schaab Second Sunday in Ordinary Time/Jan. 15 Isaiah 49:3,5-6; Psalm 40:2,4,7-8,8-9,10; 1 Corinthians 1:1-3; John 1:29-34 Rather than using this column solely to explain the meaning of the readings for the next couple Sundays, I would like to also address “how” a person comes to an understanding of the Scriptures assigned […]

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Accepting the identity of Christ is to accept the true meaning of Christmas

Tim Irwin

By Tim Irwin Solemnity of Mary, the Mother of God / Jan. 1 Numbers 6:22-27; Psalm 67:2-3,5,6,8; Galatians 4:4-7; Luke 2:16-21 Mysteries constitute the holy faith as anyone who prays the rosary can readily attest. The Church singles out for special devotion two mysteries that express our Catholic understanding of the identity and mission of […]

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The ‘true meaning of Christmas’ comes with a special invitation to answer

Tim Irwin

By Tim Irwin Sunday, Dec. 25/Solemnity of the Nativity of the Lord (Christmas) At the Vigil Mass: Isaiah 62:1-15   Psalm 89:4-5,16-17,27,29   Acts 13:16-17,22-25   Matthew 1:1-25 Mass During the Night: Isaiah 9:1-6   Psalm 96:1-2,2-3,11-12,13   Titus 2:11-14   Luke 2:1-14 Mass at Dawn: Isaiah 62:11-12    Psalm 97:1,6,11-12    Titus 3:4-7    Luke 2:15-20 Mass During the Day: Isaiah 52:7-10 […]

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