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The truth exists and it cannot be changed or undone. Whether you know it, whether you believe it, whether you love it or whether you hate it. It is immutable. When Pontius Pilate asked Jesus if … more
I’d guess he’s a student by the bookbag on his back and his usual proximity to the university. He is tall, thin and black — none of which would normally call attention or capture … more
Click here for a PDF version for printing Bishop McKnight issued the following statement on Nov. 16, 2018: The November General Assembly of Bishops in Baltimore was a difficult but … more
“Imagine if tomorrow you woke up with only those things that you thanked God for today.” To live gratefully is the best way to live that I know — the best way to the joy, depth … more
“Out of the depths I call to you, Lord; Lord hear my cry.” I thought of Psalm 30 when we were visiting Carolyn’s 99-year-old father at his Utah nursing home. It was sung by … more
The following is Bishop W. Shawn Mcknight’s Nov. 8, 2018, statement on release of names of priests and religious brothers credibly accused or re-moved from ministry in the Diocese of Jefferson … more
It was a baleful beginning to the week. On Monday, a former president and others received pipe bombs in the mail. A man in Florida assumed the seat of judgment and the only mercy in his court was the … more
“For in a severe test of affliction, the abundance of their joy and their profound poverty overflowed in a wealth of generosity on their part.” (2 Corinthians 8:2) It was a little past … more
The bishop of the Diocese of Jefferson City issued the following statement on Aug. 23: When our Lord established the Church, he promised to remain with us always until the end of the world. Jesus … more
In anticipation of its arrival, we spent the waning light picking the last fruits of the garden and lugging in the plants. We could feel it coming in the crispness of the air and hear its … more
A line from a Christian song: “There was a rich young man, he went away sad; he wanted the things above along with the things he had.” Such an endless struggle, we are human and want … more
RELATED VIDEO: "Praying the Rosary" RELATED VIDEO: "History of the Rosary" The Rosary simultaneously manages to be one of the easiest and the most difficult prayers of the Catholic … more
Bishop W. Shawn McKnight of Jefferson City preached the homily at the Archdiocese of St. Louis’s Red Mass, on Oct. 7 in the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis. The Red Mass is celebrated … more
Jesus repeatedly uses kingdom — the Kingdom of God and the Kingdom of Heaven — to describe the fullness of life and profusion of love to which we are all invited. In the epistles, … more
I walked out the door of the infusion center following my final chemo session. After five months of potent drugs and uncomfortable side effects, it was over. Suddenly, the sunshine was … more
Leaning back in my chair, the sky fills three quarters of the window.   Today, it is crowded with billowing cumulus clouds, those puffy wads of white cotton gliding on a flat-bottomed … more
It has been an unsettling few weeks as the specter of abuse and cover-up once again raised its ugly head. Sin demands the light of day. Without it, those acts or omissions fester and rot, … more
Jefferson City, Missouri Bishop W. Shawn McKnight is taking concrete steps to heal the wounds of sexual abuse in the Church, hold himself to higher standards of accountability, and help … more
The moderator of spiritual formation for the Jefferson City diocese offers the following insights into holiness, based on the teaching of Pope Francis.   In his apostolic exhortation … more
An amazing thing about Scripture is its ability to be perennially new. Even the most familiar passages can offer insights that we have never considered before. All we have to do is to be … more
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