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At first, I thought that it was someone out for a walk, but the hill was long and the rise steep, so unless they were in training, they could have picked an easier route. As I drove closer, I … more
Shortly after I arrived as pastor of Immaculate Conception Parish in Jefferson City, a parishioner approached me and asked if I.C. could host an AA meeting at the parish. Of course, I said yes. … more
Ann Reeves Jarvis was just another woman in the mountains of West Virginia in the 1800s. She was a mother, homemaker and Sunday school teacher. She was also an activist, organizing … more
I went for a walk the other day along a portion of the green belt near our house. It’s a peaceful path, meandering past a football field, a children’s park, tennis courts and open … more
I was making a pinhole projector so our granddaughter could experience her first solar eclipse like her grandparents did back when both the sun and the moon were much younger. While racing … more
Frank Silecchia was a New York native and an excavation laborer — a pick-and-shovel guy. When his city begged for search-and-rescue volunteers after the 9/11 attack, he stepped up. … more
Editor’s note: Joseph Benevento Ph.D., a member of Mary Immaculate Parish in Kirksville, is the author of My Perfect Wife, Her Perfect Son, a novel about St. Joseph and the Holy Family. He is … more
“Familiarity breeds contempt.” That old Roman proverb, echoed in Augustine and Chaucer, stills rings true today. One exception, though, may be Scripture. Here, our … more
This article centers on the one thing above all else that relates to our Salvation: The Eucharist, the consecrated bread and wine that becomes the Body and Blood of Jesus. The Eucharist is the … more
Last Thanksgiving, we visited our son and extended family in California. “Mom,” my daughter-in-law said, “no little children at the dinner. Young people are not having … more
Christ our Emmanuel models for us The Paschal Mystery (suffering/death/resurrection), which in some way is the most significant experience we can know of God’s love and mercy on this side of … more
A cake, ablaze with candles toasting the shredded coconut at their feet, was no subtle reminder that another year had passed. In that piercing light, I could not deny that I had reached the … more
“I gave them the Beatitudes, and all they do is quote Leviticus...” I can see Jesus saying this, sighing and sadly shaking his head. Leviticus, of course, is part of the Torah, … more
Raw. Bitter. Numbing. Brutal. Take your pick, because this cold wave requires an adjective — an added word to communicate the life-threatening effects of sub-zero temperatures and … more
This is the sixth in a series of teachings and reflections offered by the moderator of spiritual formation for the Jefferson City diocese: We learn in the exquisite creation stories from our … more
I don’t know if you noticed it, but another year has passed. It saddens me in some ways. I remember when it arrived, full of hope and promise. And then suddenly, it was gone, quietly … more
The Catechism of the Catholic Church instructs that there are four senses of Sacred Scripture. It is crucial to understand this, so as to dive deep into their sacred meaning ... into the wisdom … more
To the world Christmas, may seem to begin way before Dec. 25, so celebrating Christmas is just a one-and done event. But Christmas is surely so much more than just one day. It is an entire … more
As the Christmas Season of 2023 draws near, many people will find themselves traveling. They will be traveling to a place they call home. Home is often viewed as a special place where they … more
No Christmas pageant would be complete without a young girl in white dress and veil playing the role of Mary. Remember, though, that, unlike the men of the gospels, Mary was not allowed to take … more
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