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Sunday Scripture readings, Jan. 20, 2019: Here

John begins his Gospel before time began: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God” (Jn 1:1).

      God, John tells us, was not alone. There was God and his Word. John makes it clear that everything God is, the Word is: “the Word was God.” And yet God and his Word are distinct: “the Word was with God,” and by his Word God brought all things into existence (1:3). Continue reading

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Sunday Scripture readings, Jan. 13, 2019: Begin again

The beginning of a new year is a perfect time to start afresh. We make New Year’s resolutions to improve our health, our habits, our relationships and our work. Deep down in all of us is our longing for a second chance.

      As we grow older, we learn that our shortcomings should not and do not define us. Rather, our sinfulness is an opportunity to turn a new leaf or a new page. The start of a new year gives a fresh chance to begin anew. Continue reading

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Sunday Scripture readings, Jan. 6, 2019: We three kings

The morning after the Magis’ visit to Bethlehem. Continue reading

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Extra! Extra! Can you read all about it?

By Greg Erlandson Catholic News Service Fifty-three journalists were killed worldwide in 2018. Some died in war, but a shocking number died exposing corruption, covering protests or just doing their job. Time magazine called them and their harassed and persecuted … Continue reading

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Sunday Scripture readings, Dec. 30, 2018: Look to the family

A hospital chaplain tells the painful story of an infant born to a heroin-addicted mother. Moments after birth, the newborn baby experienced drug withdrawals. As the social worker prepared to move the precious infant to foster care, the mother begged the chaplain for one request. She wanted her child to be baptized. In the midst of the heart-wrenching situation, the mother knew that the least she could give her newborn child was the gift of faith! Continue reading

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Sunday Scripture readings, Dec. 23, 2018: The happy place

A technique for dealing with anxiety is “going to the happy place.” The happy place is a situation where you feel comfortable and relaxed. Faced with something stressful, you open the memory file and imagine being there now, shutting out the stomach-churning stuff roundabout.

      Christmas is a great happy place. To escape for a day from the darker realities of life, you can go to church, unwrap presents, have family time and feel the warmth of Christmases past when a glow of childhood innocence and joy shone on everything. Continue reading

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Commentary: Engagement — one long advent

Much like Advent, engagement is supposed to be a time of joyful anticipation and preparation. “Supposed to” is the operative phrase. Most of the time, being engaged feels like what Advent felt like growing up: a long wait for something amazing that seems like it never ends. Continue reading

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