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Bishop's Column: In Truth and Charity

The shepherd cannot run

This past Saturday, September 23rd, I was privileged to concelebrate the Mass of Beatification of Father Stanley Rother at the Cox Convention Center in Oklahoma City. Over 17,000 people attended […]

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Perspective

Lead with beauty: evangelization and the solar eclipse

The rain fell heavy on a Monday morning in Des Moines, Iowa. Bleary-eyed travelers noticed, and plotted alternative routes over eggs and potatoes at the Embassy Suites. A white-haired man […]

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The Sunday Gospel

The Lord’s ways are different from our own

Twenty-Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time Matthew 20:1-16a The last section of the Book of Isaiah provides this weekend with its first reading. Virtually none of the prophets of ancient Israel […]

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The Human Condition

Beloved sons and daughters

The evangelist St. Luke, in his account of the Gospel that bears his name, makes a point of noting that, in the midst of his intensely active ministry, Jesus frequently […]

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Bishop's Column: In Truth and Charity

Love Your Neighbor: Share the Journey

Pope Francis will be launching a global campaign in support of immigrants and refugees on September 27th. The Holy Father is inviting all of us to show our love and […]

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Forgive others and the Lord will forgive you

Twenty-Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time Matt. 18:21-35 The Book of Sirach is the source of this weekend’s first biblical reading. Sirach’s author was Joshua, the son of Sirach. He should […]

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Perspective

Don’t wait for the young adult group to get involved in your parish

By Zac Davis Young adults are tough to minister to. We’re on the move, our peers aren’t going to church with us, and we’re most likely to sneak out of […]

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Sometimes you have to bend the rules

Recently a gentleman presented to one of my cardiology colleagues in the office for evaluation of symptoms that can best be described as vague and nonspecific. He happened to be […]

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Columns

A Mass confusion

In professional Catholic circles, a tired joke that still makes the rounds goes like this: Q: What’s the difference between a liturgist and a terrorist? A: You can negotiate with […]

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Bishop's Column: In Truth and Charity

Students invited to be ‘radicals’

The following is the homily delivered by Bishop Rhoades at the Mass of the Holy Spirit for the beginning of the academic year at the University of Saint Francis on […]

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Columns

What we do and how we do it

“Can I talk to you?” she asked, this daughter of mine, on an evening after a particularly stressful and exhausting day for me. It was late. I had just plopped […]

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The ‘expendable children’

Couples who struggle to get pregnant are turning with greater frequency to the in vitro fertilization industry for assistance. In some cases, they can end up feeling they are “too […]