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Youths at diocese-wide Abide in Me retreat assured ‘God desired you. Period.’

Phil Lee, director of the diocesan Office of Divine Worship, places a monstrance holding the Blessed Sacrament atop a tower of candles during a period of adoration at the Abide in Me youth retreat held Nov. 1-3 at Corpus Christi Catholic School in Bloomington. Father Eric Bolek, parochial vicar of St. Patrick Church of Merna, Bloomington, and St. Mary, Downs, is at right. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

BLOOMINGTON — In this age of brief texts and tweets, Father Matthew Hoelscher had a four-word message for high school youth from across the Diocese of Peoria who spent last weekend on a retreat at Corpus Christi Catholic School here. “God desired you. Period,” he repeatedly emphasized during a homily on Nov. 2 at Abide […]

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Laughter and tears, joy and sorrow: A reflection on the death of my father

Sister M. Clementia, FSGM, is pictured with her parents, Brenda and Carey Toalson. Mr. Toalson died suddenly on Feb. 25, 2018, at the age of 62. (Provided photo)

By Sister M. Clementia, FSGM A severe mercy. This is what C.S. Lewis described of death to his friend in the book with the same title. At the mourning of his wife’s untimely death, Sheldon Vanauken was struck by Lewis’ description: A mercy that was as severe as death, a death that was merciful as […]

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