September 22, 2017

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St. Paul’s Letter to the Philippians: a unique four-week span

St. Paul's letter to the Philippians

A Four-Part Sampler. Four scripture passages from Saint Paul’s letter to the Philippians are featured for the second reading from the Twenty-Fifth to Twenty-Eighth Sundays of Ordinary Time in Year A. It is the only time in the three-year Lectionary cycle that there is a sequential progression of readings taken from this letter following the principle of Lectio continua, a continuous series of passages from the same book over a number of Sundays in a row.

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September 22, 2017

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St. Matthew, Apostle and Evangelist

St. Matthew was an apostle and an evangelist. Matthew was also known as Levi, the son of Alphaeus (Mk 2:14; Lk 5:27). He was born in Capernaum, a fishing village on the northwest side of the Sea of Galilee, and he worked at a nearby border crossing as a customs agent where it was his job to collect a toll or duty on all of the people, animals, and goods. These “toll collectors” or “tax collectors” were very unpopular with average Jewish citizens because they were viewed as greedy and corrupt as they regularly overcharged and pocketed the difference for themselves, and as traitors because they consorted with the Romans who were despised as pagans and an unwelcome foreign presence in their homeland.

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September 18, 2017

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Deer escape on archery opener

I felt very good about my first foray into the woods for the 2017 archery opener. Both Minnesota and Wisconsin opened the same day, Sept. 16. The weather was rainy Saturday, so I opted to sleep in and wait for Sunday. My destination was Wisconsin, where crossbows are legal for all hunters. I wanted meat […]

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September 15, 2017

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Jesus: the Divine Physician

The Doctor from Heaven

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September 15, 2017

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A five week set of parables

Jesus, Master Teacher by Parable

Jesus, Master Teacher by Parable

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September 8, 2017

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The Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary

September 8, the nativity or birth of Mary, is nine months after December 8, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception.

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September 5, 2017

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At the start of the school year, coincidence by design

My art life has always spookily prepared me for my real life.

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August 19, 2017

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Through Blood and Faith

Today marks the one year anniversary of my dear cousin’s death.  Fr. Marvin O’Connell was technically my first cousin once removed and he is the one who taught me how to figure out those confusing family lines.  A priest of this diocese and history professor at the University of St. Thomas for a number of […]

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August 18, 2017

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St. Bartholomew, Apostle and Martyr

St. Bartholomew, a true Israelite without duplicity

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August 18, 2017

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The Queenship of Mary

August 22 is the annual memorial of the Queenship of Mary. The date was chosen to coincide with August 15, the Solemnity of the Assumption, which was celebrated eight days earlier. Mary’s Queenship is remembered on the “octave” of the Assumption.

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