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Always Pro-life

Posted by St. Joseph

For over 45 years we have taken notice of the moral problem of abortion and abortion on demand.  There are those Christians who have been hood-winked by the illogical clamor that abortion is a political issue, therefore, the priest shouldn’t preach about it from the pulpit as this is ... Read More »

The Power of Baptism

Posted by St. Joseph

On this Feast of the Baptism of the Lord, we recognize the need for the Sacrament of Baptism for the salvation of our souls.  Baptism is required, as the ordinary way one can get to Heaven.  Therefore, it behooves each and every Christian parent to secure this beautiful Sacrament ... Read More »

Epiphany

Posted by St. Joseph

This celebration of the Three Wise Men punctuates the close of the Christmas Holy Days.  The Three Kings are called “wise”, because they sought wisdom from God as to the signs of the times.  What did God have in store for us?  How would God manifest Himself to us?  ... Read More »

Happy New Year

Posted by St. Joseph

I look at this New Year, 2019.  When I was a mere pup, the talk of future possibilities lay beyond the horizon.  Space flight and journeys to the moon seemed the fashionable talk back then.  Little did anyone believe that the technologies of today were even believable, let alone, ... Read More »

Merry Christmas

Posted by St. Joseph

I was thinking back on my childhood.  (It must be a product of getting older.)  I asked myself if Christmas was as “exciting” for me now, as it was when I was young?  Perhaps, as the responsibilities of preparing for Christmas seem to outweigh the celebration itself, I am ... Read More »

Half Way and Almost There

Posted by St. Joseph

Now don’t panic!  Christmas is right around the corner and we are over half way through Advent to the great day of the Incarnation, when God became Man.  It’s easy to let the “busy-ness” of the season cause a misdirection for us.  We get so wrapped up in the ... Read More »

Our Lady of Guadalupe

Posted by St. Joseph

On December 12 we celebrate Our Lady of Guadalupe.  She is the Patroness of the Americas, and is entrusted to us for our protection and safety.  It always amazes me the number of ways we name Mary, celebrating her influence on and over us through the ages.  Mary is ... Read More »

Advent: Holy Anticipation

Posted by St. Joseph

I was mentioning recently how nice it would be if winter would go as fast as summer seems to go.  However, Advent and the Christmas season can help dispel the dark of night and the cold of winter through the lights we put up, the trees we trim and ... Read More »

Eucharistic Adoration--A Holy Hour with Christ

Posted by St. Joseph

Like the Magi (The Three Kings) of old, who said, “We have come to do Him homage,” this is the essence of Eucharistic Adoration.  Our Lord is placed in a monstrance so that we can adore and see Our Lord in a public way in Eucharistic form.  Catholics believe ... Read More »

Happy Thanksgiving

Posted by St. Joseph

I was driving in Rockford last week to visit another priest, when in the neighborhood I was going through, to my left, was a large group of wild turkeys.  I don’t usually see that in the city, but, it did make my mouth water as I had a vision ... Read More »