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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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Joseph — an icon of God’s fatherhood — models strong, silent, sacrificial life

Father Timothy Hepner

By Father Timothy Hepner Fourth Sunday of Advent/Dec. 18 Isaiah 7:10-14; Psalm 24:1-2,3-4,5-6 (7c,10b); Romans 1:1-7; Matthew 1:18-24 In Advent, Jesus, Mary, and John the Baptist get top billing. But in this last Sunday of the season, the humble figure of St. Joseph quietly enters the scene. Joseph, husband of Mary, has no words to […]

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Advent calls us to hear, reassure those who ‘cry out

Father Timothy Hepner

By Father Timothy Hepner Second Sunday of Advent/Dec. 4 Isaiah 11:1-10; Psalm 72:1-2,7-8,12-13,17; Romans 15:4-9; Matthew 3:1-12 Diogenes, one of the founders of the ancient school of philosophy called cynicism, was a crude and disruptive figure whose life was a running commentary on the insincerity of most men. Living in a barrel outside the city […]

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As the Year of Mercy ends, we learn the true meaning of Divine Mercy

Tim Irwin

By Tim Irwin Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe/Nov. 20 2 Samuel 5:1-3; Psalm 122:1-2,3-4,4-5; Colossians 1:12-20; Luke 23:35-43 The readings for the Thirty-Fourth Sunday of Ordinary Time conclude both the Church year and the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy with perhaps the most hopeful of all the Gospel passages. The Church […]

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Heaven: Nothing we have expected and everything we have anticipated

By Tim Irwin Thirty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time/Nov. 6 2 Maccabees 7:1-2,9-14; Psalm 17:1,5-6,8,15; 2 Thessalonians 2:16 — 3:5; Luke 20:27-38 The readings for the Thirty-Second Sunday of Ordinary time remind us that risen life cannot be understood in the way we make sense of our time in the material universe. The Greek philosopher Aristotle […]

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