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Second Sunday of Advent

Posted by St. Joseph

As Advent moves forward to its beautiful and holy conclusion of the Incarnation, you are reminded to do your Christmas duty and go to Confession before Christmas Day.  This is a great way to prepare for the Birth of Christ and increase your sense of hope by receiving the ... Read More »

First Sunday of Advent

Posted by St. Joseph

Another Advent is upon us.  This weekend we begin the journey of inviting Baby Jesus to take root in our heart in a fresh and new way.  Advent reminds us of the great privilege of faith we enjoy—God loving the world so much that even in its fallen nature ... Read More »

Thanksgiving

Posted by St. Joseph

Thanksgiving number 56—I know, I’m an old man to some and a young pup to others.  Can’t win on this one.  However, whether one is just starting the climb of life or sliding towards its end (and everywhere in between), there is always much for which to be grateful.  ... Read More »

A Gift from Religion

Posted by St. Joseph

I was reading an editorial in the National Catholic Register about the amount of charity that comes from America’s churches.  The Interdisciplinary Journal of Research on Religion found that religious groups and churches contribute $1.2 trillion each year to the American economy.  This includes all kinds of giving and ... Read More »

Being Pro-Life

Posted by St. Joseph

Some have said to me (on several occasions) that they hate it when the Church gets political about abortion.  I had to chuckle at this as abortion and all moral ethics are the realm of God, not politics.  Abortion has been condemned as early as the 1st century with ... Read More »

All Saints and All Souls

Posted by St. Joseph

This week (the beginning of November) brings about wonderful celebrations of our Faith:  All Saints and All Souls.  The Threefold Mystery of that which defines what the Church comes to light this week.  First, the Church is militant—She lives in the world striving and struggling to grow in holiness ... Read More »

A Crisis of Discipleship--Part V

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Last week I spoke how as a Universal Church we can diminish the current crisis of discipleship by prayer, good worship of God, and bending our knees to the Holy Spirit who animates the Church.

Today, I want to provide some ways by which St. Joseph Church can enliven ... Read More »

A Crisis of Discipleship--Part IV

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Some will say that if what you’ve suggested and presented over the last few weeks is accurate, then can we overcome it?  Can we rebuild, redirect, or even heal such wounds and divisions?  What can we do here in our parish and for the Church worldwide? 

These are good ... Read More »

A Crisis of Discipleship--Part III

Posted by St. Joseph

Over the last two weeks, I have been attempting to paint (with broad strokes) a picture of the spiritual condition of our Catholic Church and society in general.  Since Vatican II, the Faith has been hit with some extraordinary assaults, most of which are of our own making.  The ... Read More »

A Crisis of Discipleship--Part II

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Last week I mentioned the precipitous drop in Mass attendance in the Diocese of Rockford and throughout the world.  In our country only 1 in 5 people is going to church on a mostly regular basis.  I lamented that since Vatican II in 1965, a slow spiritual decay has ... Read More »