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In our church, the Magi begin their journey at the far left side of the sanctuary. Over the 12 days of Christmas, they make their way across the apse, arriving at the Nativity scene just in time for … more
When men and women are trying to conquer addiction — and all its bad judgments, bad actions and bad outcomes — a punch bowl and urns of coffee are all you will find at the Christmas party … more
Advent is simple, unpretentious and sadly ignored. I often hear, “I can’t believe it’s almost Christmas.” No one, however, seems concerned about the dwindling days of … more
It was a rare late November day, unusually warm and brightly lit — one that just begged for a walk. Leaving the house, I encountered a small swarm of flies. They were flitting about, diving, … more
Reading has always been for me a way of finding how others have marked the trail. Their words often inspire my own. But there are always too many for me, so I share these for your … more
This Advent, many Catholics throughout our diocese will be participating in a four-session program called “A Steward’s Way.” We’ll be meeting in small groups in our … more
“Do not store up for yourselves treasure on earth where moth and decay destroy,” Jesus said. Maybe the uncomely orbiter of light annoyed Him. Maybe He found holes in His favorite … more
I recently had reason to ask others for prayer, and it was a surprisingly tough decision. People have asked me to pray for their health, well being, better employment, employment for their kids, even … more
At our Friday group, we talk about our week. Sometimes a common theme appears. This time, a number of the guys mentioned how blessed or grateful they felt because of someone or some event in their … more
The preparation for my ad limina visit to the Holy See is well under way. In July, I submitted to Rome a 137-page report, which covers the activity of the Diocese of Jefferson City since the last … more
In August, she said she was feeling fine. In September, she died from the metastatic breast cancer she had lived with since 2002. The death of Cokie Roberts was all over the news. A journalist for … more
Guilt is a great recruiter, even on a sunny Saturday in September. There were other things that I preferred to be doing, but I hadn’t helped much lately. So there I was, standing outside of … more
Bishop W. Shawn McKnight issued the following letter on Sept. 13, 2019, to be distributed to parishes the weekend of Sept. 14-15: Dear Faithful of the Diocese of Jefferson City, On Friday, the Missouri Attorney General issued … more
There is something about a couple of inches of rain in late August. The grass, only days before struggling in the arid summer heat, suddenly surges back to life. The flowers seem to have a new … more
The following is a message from the Jefferson City diocese’s diocesan coordinator of women’s ministry: "Train the young in the way they should go; even when old, they will not swerve … more
We had a commencement at Healing House. Previous ones had women with their stories of abuse, drugs, bad behavior and lost children — a downward spiral until they found God waiting at the … more
A little early and with limited fanfare, we had another addition to the family last week. Caroline Louise made her debut, cute as a button and a testament to God’s hope for the … more
Several weeks ago in your column, you stated that Mary remained a virgin after Jesus’ birth and for the rest of her life. The Bible states otherwise. Matthew 1:24-25 says that Joseph … more
Chemists and economists speak of equilibrium conditions, where the concentrations of reactants and products, or supply and demand, are in balance. If you have a bottle of soda water with the cap on, … more
We were having a planning session, discussing a vision of what our work might look like in five years. One participant, after painting a detailed picture of what she saw as needed, finished by … more
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