Monthly Archives: May 2011

“The Crisis of Indifference”

The Holy Father in his remarks to the Pontifical Council for Promoting New Evangelization yesterday, spoke of the “crisis of indifference” that carries with it an apathy to the message of the Gospel. He said, in part: The crisis we … Continue reading

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Quote for the Day

“When a stranger shows up, we should think, ‘That’s our boss. What does the boss need?’” — William Short, OFM

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Papa Luciani on Hope

Pope John Paul I, on September 20, 1978 in his weekly general audience, spoke of hope and cheerfulness. I’d like to share an excerpt for you today, as we live in a world in need of hope and a smile. … Continue reading

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A Miraculous Healing?

The editor of the Vatican newspaper, L’Osservatore Romano, said he was cured of a serious case of diphtheria in 1954 when he was two years old. Giovanni Maria Vian reports that on the eve of the canonization of Pope St. … Continue reading

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Blessed Anuarite Nengapeta – A Maria Goretti for Africa

Most of you probably are familiar with the 20th century Italian saint, Maria Goretti. She was murdered early in the century at a very young age when she refused sexual advances of a man. She was canonized by Pope John … Continue reading

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Church of the Week

  St. Joseph Catholic Church Owatonna, Minnesota

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The “Wound” of Diaconal Ordination

Deacon James Keating, Ph.D. has written, “When Christ inflicts the ‘wound’ of diaconal ordination upon a man, it is to make him vulnerable to the mystery of this obedient service. The desire to serve the Father’s will defines the heart … Continue reading

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Quote for the Day

“My confidence in Him is very great and all my hopes are centered in Him in whose service we are engaged.” — Mother Mary Francis Bachman, OSF

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Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen’s Case Advances

Yesterday, Pope Benedict received the positio outlining Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen’s cause for canonization. A positio is a very large collection of documents collected by the diocese of Peoria, Illinois that outline his life and will be used to examine … Continue reading

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Congratulations, Dioceses of Rapid City and Milwaukee

The Holy Father this morning has appointed Msgr. Robert Gruss bishop of Rapid City, South Dakota, and┬áRev. Donald J. Hying auxiliary bishop of Milwaukee. Msgr. Gruss is a 55 year old priest from the diocese of Davenport. He was ordained … Continue reading

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Hear Ye, Bishops, Priests and Deacons

I am reading today for the first time the homily of Archbishop J. Peter Sartain at his installation Mass in Seattle on December 1, 2010. Archbishop Sartain and I studied together in Rome in the late 1970s, and even though … Continue reading

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The Holy Father Sends His Prayers and Thoughts

The Holy Father sent the following telegram to Bishop James Vann Johnston of the diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau in Missouri in the wake of the destruction of a large portion of Joplin from the recent tornado. The Holy Father has … Continue reading

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Church of the Week

  All Saints Catholic Church New Richland, Minnesota

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Now It’s Up to Us

The Minnesota Legislature passed a constitutional admendment defining marriage in this state as being between one man and one woman. Now, it is up to us, the voters, to ratify this in the ballot box. My friends, don’t assume this … Continue reading

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Quote for the Day

“The Lord be with you always and be you with Him always and in every place.” — St. Clare of Assisi

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