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Have you had the encounter that will change your life?

Father Timothy Hepner

Easter Sunday of the Resurrection of the Lord/April 1 Acts 10:34a,37-43; Psalm 118:1-2,16-17,22-23; Colossians 3:1-4 or 1 Corinthians 5:6b-8; Sequence: Victimae Paschali Laudes; John 20:1-9 or Mark 16:1-7 Let’s take a test. The only right answer is the honest one. Which of these best describes your encounter with Jesus? A) Mary Magdalene: A sudden encounter, like being […]

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Opportunities for spiritual enrichment offered around diocese as Lent begins

Bible studies, parish missions, and retreats are just some of the offerings parishes and institutions have planned to help Catholics on their Lenten journey. (CNS/Octavio Duran)

EDITOR’S NOTE: Parishes and Catholic organizations around the Diocese of Peoria are planning special activities for the penitential season of Lent, which began on Ash Wednesday, Feb. 14. Following are just some of the opportunities made known to The Catholic Post, listed in order of date. This round-up will be updated as new activities are […]

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As witnesses to Christ, we must change our lives, prepare the way of the Lord

Sharon Priester

By Sharon Priester Third Sunday of Advent (Gaudete Sunday)/Dec. 17 Isaiah 61:1-2a,10-11; (Psalm) Luke 1:46-48,49-50,53-54; 1 Thessalonians 5:16-24; John 1:6-8,19-28 This week, the Third Sunday of Advent, the Gospel begins with “A man named John was sent from God.” Who is this John? Why did he come? As we listen, we hear that he came for […]

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We must proclaim what we have seen and heard as Jesus’ witnesses

  By Shawn Reeves Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord/May 8 Acts 1:1-11; Psalm 47:2-3,6-7,8-9; Ephesians 1:17-23 or Hebrews 9:24-28; 10:19-23; Luke 24:46-53 For those of a certain age, images of kings and knights pervaded the literature and imaginations of our childhood. Popular cinema had been fascinated with the notion of the noble monarch, […]

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The grace to follow Christ comes from the Holy Spirit dwelling within us

Father R. Michael Schaab

By Father R. Michael Schaab Fifth Sunday of Easter/April 24 Acts 14:21-27; Psalm 145:8-9,10-11,12-13; Revelation 21:1-5a; John 13:31-33a,34-35 The readings for the Fifth and Sixth Sundays of Easter direct the Church to reflect on its own nature in two ways — externally and internally. Externally we face the issue of expansion, and internally we struggle […]

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Recognizing God’s love and mercy in the body of Christ – the Church

Father R. Michael Schaab

Easter Sunday of the Resurrection of the Lord/March 27 Acts 10:34a,37-43; Psalm 118:1-2,16-17,22-23; Colossians 3:1-4 or 1 Corinthians 5:6b-8; Sequence: Victimae Paschali Laudes; John 20:1-9 The Church designates the great Feast of Easter as an octave, or eight-day celebration. This means that Easter itself is celebrated as an eight-day-long feast. Every day of the octave is Easter. One indication of this […]

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Will we throw stones or choose another way?

Sister Rachel Bergschneider, OSB

Fifth Sunday of Lent/March 13 Isaiah 43:16-21; Psalm 126:1-2,2-3,4-5,6; Philippians 3:8-14; John 8:1-11 “If I really had my preference, I would take you to Rwanda to see for yourselves. I was able to stay for four days in a rural village named Gikonko. It is nowhere in a country that is nowhere, and that makes […]

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Repentance is not a single act, it’s a process of turning around, changing

Sister Rachel Bergschneider, OSB

By Sister Rachel Bergschneider, OSB   Third Sunday of Lent/Feb. 28 Exodus 3:1-8a,13-15; Psalm 103:1-2,3-4,6-7,8,11; 1 Corinthians 10:1-6,10-12; Luke 13:1-9 As I reflect on the Scriptures for the Third Sunday of Lent, I am reminded of an old American Indian story: “An old Cherokee is teaching his grandson about life. ‘A fight is going on […]

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Lent provides time to find our true identity

Sister Rachel Bergschneider, OSB

By Sister Rachel Bergschneider, OSB First Sunday of Lent/Feb. 14 Deuteronomy 26:4-10; Psalm 91:1-2,10-11,12-13,14-15; Romans 10:8-1; Luke 4:1-13 “Don’t tempt me!” Without thinking, these words pop out of the mouths of dieters who are offered a hot fudge sundae or someone who is trying to quit smoking when offered a cigarette. Temptation is at the […]

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Our quiet sacrifices and acts of charity are noticed by God

Father Timothy Hepner

By Father Timothy Hepner “You are special. You were born for something great.” Children have been told this for a generation. Growing up I remember “all about me” time in school, participation awards, and movies that repeated this message ad nauseam. The problem is that everyone’s uniqueness is the same. The “specialness” the world offers […]

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