June 15, 2017

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Zechariah, an inspirational father figure

Father’s Day is an occasion to reflect on the vocation of fatherhood. Zechariah, the father of John the Baptist, is most remembered for not believing the angel Gabriel’s announcement and being struck speechless as a punishment, but he has many admirable qualities for fathers.

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June 8, 2017

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Behold, I am the hostess (in training) of the Lord

Hospitality brings us back to our fundamental need for relationships, with Christ and our neighbors

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June 2, 2017

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The theophany of Pentecost

On Pentecost “suddenly there came from the sky a noise like a strong driving wind, and it filled the entire house” (Acts 2:2). It was sudden, startling. It came up like a storm. The noise was loud. The wind roared. Presumably, the house shook. For the disciples, it was frightening yet awesome, glorious and enthralling. They were immersed in a mystical experience, the powerful presence of almighty God in the Person of the Holy Spirit. It was a theophany.

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May 18, 2017

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A family shares story of mother’s deportation — and what it took to get back

She was held for ransom in Mexico and walked two days across the Arizona desert, guided by a coyote and relying on crackers, tuna and two gallons of water to survive. They passed the bodies of immigrants who had died in the desert. But staying with the bodies, waiting for help, meant risking dying themselves.

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May 17, 2017

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Turkeys play hard to get in Wisconsin

It has been a while since I’ve had a really good turkey hunt in Wisconsin — 2014 to be exact. That was the year I bagged two longbeards in the Badger State, and didn’t have to work very hard to do it. In both instances, toms gobbled lustily on their way in to the hen […]

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May 12, 2017

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Lesser Known but great mothers of the Old Testament

Mothers of the Old Testament

Zipporah. Zipporah was the wife of Moses and the mother of Gershom (Ex 2:21-22; 18:3) and Eliezer (Ex 18:4). When Moses returned to Egypt, she accompanied him (Ex 4:20), but later Moses sent her back to her father Jethro with their two boys (Ex 18:2) where she raised them by herself. Zipporah serves as an inspiration to single mothers whose husbands have left to pursue their careers.

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May 5, 2017

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World Day of Prayer for Vocations

Good Shepherd Sunday is the annual World Day of Prayer for Vocations. This custom began in 1963. It is a day set aside to pray for vocations to the priesthood and the permanent diaconate, as well as to the consecrated life, the vocation of priest, brother, or sister within a religious order that observes the evangelical counsels of poverty, chastity, and obedience.

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April 28, 2017

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Saint Catherine of Siena, Virgin and Doctor of the Church

St. Catherine was born in Siena, Italy, in 1347, the youngest of twenty-five children. As a young girl she had a vigorous spiritual life, and her mystical experiences began at age six when she reported her first vision when Jesus appeared to her along with Peter, Paul, and John.

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April 25, 2017

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Gobblers cooperate on Holy Thursday

In 30-plus years of hunting wild turkeys, I have learned one simple lesson: Turkey hunting is hard. At times, it may SEEM easy, when the birds gobble hard and come quickly to a call. But, I liken it to trying to hit a knuckle ball. It can appear to float in pretty as you please. […]

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April 21, 2017

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Thomas: Doubting may not be his worst mistake

Thomas doubted. This was a startling shift for him. Only a short while earlier in Bethany Thomas had urged the other disciples to accompany Jesus to Jerusalem, despite the vicious threats against his life, when Thomas declared, “Let us also go to die with him” (Jn 11:16). How is it that the apostle who was so confident earlier would say, “I will not believe” (Jn 20:25)?

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