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It’s not just about the Sacrament of Holy Communion; it’s about the communion of the Church. There’s been much interest in whether the United States Conference of Catholic … more
This editorial, titled “Three questions to consider before posting or commenting on social media,” was published online June 15 by The Catholic Post, newspaper of the Diocese of … more
For nine years of my Priesthood, I was the vocation director for the diocese of Jefferson City. That means I was blessed and honored to travel across 36 counties in rural Missouri to all Catholic … more
I was waiting for the plumber at one of our ministry houses and I decided to rest a minute on the front porch. It was one of those perfect moments. A light rain was falling, the slightest breeze … more
Our granddaughter looked up from her artwork and asked, “Grandpa, what is your favorite color?” “Blue,” I answered, as I always had since a kid. She registered the … more
In the Acts of the Apostles, we see the burgeoning life of the early Christian community and people on fire to share this life with others. It also holds up a mirror in which we can see ourselves … more
Covid has caused many to consider the uncertainty of life. Sales of headstones have increased, and the term “bucket list” is popping up in articles and ads. That’s good. … more
I sat at one of the tables in the yard after our Easter brunch, watching a dozen kids flitting about, looking for hidden eggs and screaming like a miner discovering gold when they found one. It … more
The following reflection is by a fifth-generation member of the Mission of Sacred Heart in Bevier. Diagnosed with autism at age 9, he communicates solely through writing. Walking through the year … more
In his book, Hope for Judas, Jesuit Father Christoph Wrembeck has a picture from a 12th-century church in France. Carved into the block of stone atop one of the towering columns, there are two … more
The morning of the Feb. 25 began with planned blood tests and PET/CT Scans — a look to see what the effects of the treatment has had, good or bad. I found myself with a growing nervousness … more
I ponder two questions when I kneel and stand in church, reciting our prayers in unison with our fellow parishioners. First, do we concentrate on what we are saying, putting our hearts into our … more
A friend died the other day. He was a good man. My wife was his spiritual director and gave a beautiful eulogy at his funeral. One thing she mentioned was his poetry. He was able to take the … more
We have a house for people coming out of prison with an addiction history. Like its residents, the old structure is broken and in need of repair. It’s a place where, when you start to work … more
After enduring pandemic, politics and a polar vortex, everyone could do with a rainbow, and we get it in Sunday’s first reading from Genesis.  God set a bow across the sky as a reminder … more
It always intrigues and challenges me to hear life coaches talk about the importance of “beginning with the end in mind.” St. Benedict of Nursia certainly had the end in mind over … more
Pope Francis just declared an annual World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly. I write this after a long drive to meet the newest addition to our clan, and on the eve of another birthday that … more
In the gospel of John, the very first words of Jesus pose an eternal question. Andrew and another apostle-to-be were disciples of John the Baptist. One day, when their paths crossed, the Baptizer … more
The New Year arrived with an entourage of snow, freezing rain, and bone-chilling fog. Of course it did! What else would you expect after a year that defied an arsenal of adjectives; a year crammed … more
“A prison cell, in which one waits, hopes, and is completely dependent on the fact that the door of freedom has to be opened from the Outside, is not a bad picture of Advent.” — … more
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