December 16, 2016

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The ‘O’ Antiphons

An antiphon is a verse or phrase sung or recited aloud or read silently before and after a Psalm or Canticle during the Divine Office or the Liturgy of the Hours. The text is often a direct quote from Scripture, or a brief reflection on a Scripture text, or a verse pertaining to the feast day, the liturgical season, or the saint of the day.

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December 9, 2016

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Gaudete Sunday – The Third Sunday of Advent

A Joyful Sunday. The Third Sunday of Advent is also known as Gaudete Sunday. The word “gaudete” is derived from the Latin words “gaudium,” joy, and “gaudeo,” to rejoice or be glad. Gaudete Sunday occurs eight to thirteen days before Christmas, and the nearness of the feast is reason for great joy.

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November 23, 2016

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Thanksgiving: Time to Count Blessings and Thank God for Gifts

The holiday season moves into full swing at the end of November with our annual celebration of Thanksgiving. It is marvelous when we are able to have an attitude of gratitude. God is our provider, the giver of every good gift, so when it comes to giving thanks, our first expression of gratitude should be directed to almighty God. Jesus stressed the importance of thanking God when he asked the Samaritan leper who had been healed, “Has none but this foreigner returned to give thanks to God?” (Lk 17:18).

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November 18, 2016

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Nothing’s easy in deer hunting

What does a Jesuit priest have to do with deer hunting? Plenty, I think. I recently started reading a book by Father Walter Ciszek called, “He Leadeth Me.” Starting at the end of World War II, he spent 23 years in Russian prisons and hard labor camps. It all started with a burning desire to […]

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November 18, 2016

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Jesus – King in the line of David

When the angel Gabriel appeared to Mary to announce the birth of Jesus, Gabriel explained that “the Lord God will give him the throne of David his father.”

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November 16, 2016

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Blessed Lucy of Narnia

Apparently there really is a Blessed Lucy of Narnia whose feast day is today!

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November 16, 2016

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St. Cecilia, Virgin and Martyr

St. Cecilia, also known as Cecily, lived during the Third Century. The exact dates of her birth and death remain unknown, but her story is legendary.

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November 8, 2016

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A doctor’s experience: the evil of abortion

I think we can do better for women and for families. We are doing much better at Abria Pregnancy Resources where I am now medical director. I review daily prenatal ultrasounds from the Abria clinic office (across from Planned Parenthood on University Avenue). Women are counseled, supported, cared for and loved at Abria instead of being rushed into killing their child at the mega Planned Parenthood right across the street.

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November 7, 2016

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Nice buck down in Wisconsin

I really like it when the calendar flips to November. That means it’s time for the annual whitetail rut. I was filled with optimism and excitement when I took to the woods last week. I had heard reports of good deer movement, and I was going to find out firsthand on a trip to one […]

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