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The Sunday Gospel

God wills us to be mighty in holiness

Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time Mark 4:26-34 The first reading for this weekend’s liturgy is from the Book of Ezekiel. Ezekiel is regarded as one of the great Hebrew prophets.  […]

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Finding God in the wilderness 

The sense of place and pull to the wild that inspired Nick Ripatrozone’s new book are tucked in his very name. The rip-roaring surname is the name of a mountain […]

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Going buggy with Brood X

When I first learned of the imminent arrival of the 17-year cicadas, Brood X according to those who name such things, it brought to mind my years in the Midwest. […]

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Five ways to pray for marriages in June

June is a special month for my husband and me, because we, like so many others, celebrate our wedding anniversary. Our date is extra meaningful because we share it with […]

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The Sunday Gospel

The blood of Jesus, poured out, establishes a new Covenant

Feast of the Body and Blood of Christ Mark 14:12-16, 22-26 Providing this feast day’s first reading is the Book of Exodus, the story of an event that occurred as […]

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In revealing the Trinity, God shows He wants us to know Him

Feast of the Holy Trinity Matthew 28:16-20  The Book of Deuteronomy provides this feast’s first reading. Deuteronomy is among the Pentateuch, the first five books of the Old Testament. These […]

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A perfect time to become sanctuary parishes and save lives

In a time of pandemic, when lives, health and well-being are at stake, we must work together for the common good. In these pandemic moments, there should be no room […]

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Four qualities manifested by the Apostles just after Pentecost

The Apostles were dramatically changed at Pentecost and the outpouring of the Holy Spirit for mission that took place there. Prior to this, even after seeing the risen Lord, they […]

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Bishop's Column: In Truth and Charity

Pentecost letter to the faithful

Dear Friends in Christ: We are approaching the Solemnity of Pentecost, the end of the liturgical season of Easter. On Pentecost Sunday the Holy Spirit came down upon the disciples […]

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The Sunday Gospel

Believers charged with bringing the Lord’s divine mercy to others

Feast of Pentecost John 20:19-23 In the Church’s liturgical year, only Easter and Christmas eclipse Pentecost. The importance and grandeur of these feasts of course derive from the events being […]

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Parenting a whole different ballgame

The highlight of my Little League career was a two-hitter I threw against the Knights of Columbus, the class of our league in Sharon, Pennsylvania. My team was sponsored by […]

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Stretching out to great things: a commencement address for the University of St. Thomas

The following is the text of Bishop Robert Barron’s commencement address given at the University of St. Thomas in Houston on May 8. I have the very happy responsibility today […]