October 16, 2018

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Removing scent — and sin

My head has been in the ozone recently. Specifically, I have had my mind on ways to remove human scent so as not to spook whitetails when I am out in the woods with my bow or gun. Anyone who has ever had a whitetail blow, flag its tail and bolt understands what I am […]

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October 5, 2018

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The Sacrament of Marriage

Marriage

Marriage or matrimony is one of the seven sacraments. It belongs to a special group or classification of sacraments known as the Sacraments of Commitment, the two major ways for adults to live out their baptismal faith commitment: marriage and Holy Orders.

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September 28, 2018

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The First Temptation: Turning Stones into Bread

Christopher Menzhuber

Most people imagine that Jesus’ first temptation in the desert was to turn stones into bread. This makes perfect sense because the text literally states the Tempter told him “If you are the Son of God, command these stones to become loaves of bread.” Mt 4:3. But without undermining this traditional interpretation or minimizing the importance of fasting, what if for a moment we considered that scene may not have played out exactly as many have imagined? What if, instead of loaves, the devil was really tempting Jesus with human hearts?

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September 21, 2018

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St. Matthew, Apostle and Evangelist

St. Matthew

St. Matthew was an apostle and an evangelist

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September 14, 2018

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St. Cornelius, Pope, and St. Cyprian, Bishop, Martyrs

Cyprian

Saints Cornelius (d. 253) and Cyprian (200-258) are two great Third Century saints, one a Pope, the other a bishop, one in Rome, the other in North Africa, both martyrs, both mentioned in Eucharistic Prayer I, the Roman Canon.

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September 14, 2018

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The mind: A talent to be invested

Soloman

September is here. The summer is behind us. It is back-to-school time.

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September 6, 2018

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Words Matter: A Catholic Civility

Anne Weyandt

Here’s an idea to consider as the school year begins.

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September 6, 2018

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Back to School: Jesus, a guide for students’ advancement in wisdom, age and favor

Jesus The Student

Late August and early September signal the beginning of a new school year. Whether a student attends a Catholic school, private school, or public school, education is a spiritual process. Jesus was a student, and his example serves as a guide for all students. As a twelve-year old, “Jesus advanced in wisdom and age and favor before God and man” (Lk 2:52), which is to say that he matured intellectually, physically, and spiritually, and students are to take their cues from him.

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August 24, 2018

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Jesus: The Keystone — Bartholomew: A Foundation Stone

Jesus the keystone

A Grand Edifice. St. Paul describes the church as a magnificent structure or a sacred temple (Eph 2:21). It is a grand and glorious building, breathtaking, a sight to behold. Jesus is the keystone, the apostles are the foundation stones, and the members are living stones. Over the centuries it has become a towering skyscraper, one generation of believers after another, one floor of living stones built upon another.

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August 17, 2018

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The pelican and her chicks a symbol for the Eucharist

There is an image of a mother pelican with her chicks carved into the capital at the top of a pillar that supports a stone canopy over a stairway at the Cenacle or the Coenaculum, the upper room on Mount Zion in Jerusalem, the place that commemorates where Jesus shared the Last Supper with his apostles and instituted the Eucharist. It is the only artwork in the entire room, and it is singularly appropriate because it is a symbol for Jesus and the Eucharist.

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