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CLICK HERE to read a related article from CNS. With a year under our belt of the diocesan pastoral plan, and even more time for some parishes to be using a parish pastoral plan, the reviews … more
Have you ever tried to map your thoughts? Sometimes they flow like a stream of logic, at other times, they’re more a grasshopper on steroids. The other day, I experienced what appeared to … more
As kids, we had Advent wreaths made of coat hangers, cedar greens and nubby candles my mother refused to toss as long as there was some light left in them.  Advent means “coming,” … more
The pastor of Holy Family Parish in Hannibal and St. Joseph Parish in Palmyra and moderator for spiritual formation for the Jefferson City diocese offers the following message for Advent: We are … more
I parked my car across the street. Getting out, I looked at our yard and saw the full autumn palette of golds and oranges and reds diffused among the trees. But there was one that, at the very … more
As temperatures and leaves began to fall, I took to the yard to prepare for winter. Like so many other gardeners and lawn stewards, I cut back dying plants, raked those annoying locust pods, and … more
We are preparing to go to Mexico where our small foundation feeds some 600 students every day. These are Mayan children living in rural villages. COVID closed these communities, along with their … more
“Christ and the Rich Young Ruler” is a painting by the German Heinrich Hofmann. Two things about that work strike me. The first is how Hofmann tells the story in the … more
On Sunday, the first reading was from Numbers. Generally, the purpose of the first reading is to thematically set the table for the Gospel. In this case, Joshua jealously complains to Moses about … more
Our daughter-in-law was changing her 2-year-old. The little one looked up at her mother and said, “Mommy, you’re pretty.” Mommy gently kissed her and replied, “Caroline, … more
On Sept. 11, 2002, the Kansas City Star published readers’ reflections on the one-year anniversary of 9/11. This was mine: I don’t think anyone will forget my birthday. Not my 31st, … more
In my homily for the weekend of Aug. 21-22, I chose not to dwell on the second reading (Ephesians 5:21-32), in which St. Paul presents his teaching on married life. Instead, I want to address it … more
“Old wood best to burn, old wine to drink, old friends to trust, and old authors to read.” I could picture Athenaeus time-traveling from third century Egypt to our firepit in northwest … more
We had two women graduate our recovery program last week.  One was simply bubbly, with a smile that would melt an iceberg. In another life, she might have been a teacher or a … more
Our world has been facing a health crisis for more than a year now, unprecedented in modern times. More than 4.3 million people have died from the coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak, and we have seen a … more
Another beautiful day — sunny, a gentle breeze and the ocean in mid-tide. With neither the tumultuous swells of high tide, nor the languid waters of low, the sea was undulating and … more
My friend is an Irish nun, an English nurse, and a Peruvian missionary. I met her over 40 years ago when she was an energetic idealist with a call to dress the wounds, cure the sickness, and hold … more
On July 16, 2021, our Holy Father, Pope Francis, issued an apostolic letter motu proprio entitled Traditionis custodes. This document alters Church law on the use of liturgical books from before … more
Overhearing their conversation was unavoidable. It was intense — not heated but genuine, not loud but impassioned. It was not what you would expect from two men standing at an ab … more
We do mission work in Yucatan. Among the many attractions of that Mexican state is the Chicxulub Crater, formed some 66 million years ago when an asteroid crashed into earth, leaving a hole 12 miles … more
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