Knowing the Person of Jesus

Chosen, Schmozen

Sometimes I think we hear bible and religious terms to the tune of: “That again, what’s the big deal?” Terms like:  holy, sanctified, sacred, ancient, established, marked, set apart, covenant, chosen. As we rush through life and religion, we sometimes make…

the Wheat and the Tares

The Wheat and the Tares

Readings for July 20, 2014: 16th Sunday of Ordinary Time At one time or another, we’ve all dreamed of a perfect world.  Imagine a company where everyone is productive, a government full of honest politicians, a church where all are…

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Purity Is Not a Dirty Word

My recent pilgrimage to Rome and Medjugorje was filled with many trials and graces. Our band of 36, experienced long flight delays, luggage loss, nearly 24-hour flight delay, extreme heat and money loss.  However, I am sure it was just…

How Can I Forgive When I Can’t Forget

How Can I Forgive When I Can’t Forget?

While many people believe forgetting an injury is part of forgiveness, Fr. Justin Waltz of St. Leo’s Church in Minot suggested just the opposite. In fact, he stated that forgetting is not even possible. “The only type of forgetting I…

The God Particles Part Three

The God Particles: Part Three

“The Spirit comes to enlighten the mind first of the one who receives him, and then, through him, the minds of others as well. As light strikes the eyes of a man who comes out of darkness into the sunshine…

G.P.S. (God Powered Salvation)

G.P.S. (God Powered Salvation)

But if from thence thou shalt seek the Lord thy God, thou shalt find Him, if thou seek him with all thy heart and with all thy soul. (Deuteronomy 4:29 KJV) God wants to fulfill His promises to us, to…

How Does Liturgy Fit with the New Evangelization?

How Does Liturgy Fit with the New Evangelization?

What exactly is the relationship between the Church’s liturgy and the New Evangelization? From one perspective, you might feel as if liturgy is an obstacle, something that’s a barrier to more effective proclamation–just think back to the level of concern surrounding a…

Two Messages of Parable of the Sower and the Seed

The Two Messages of the Parable of the Sower and the Seed

Readings for July 13, 2014: 15th Sunday of Ordinary Time I’ve always loved gardening.  Seeds I’ve planted include carrot, cucumber, and of course, zucchini.  In each case, I’ve planted seeds in neat rows, expecting nearly all of them to sprout…

modesty gone wrong

Modesty Gone Wrong

As a young woman, I was wearing skintight, low-cut clothes; anything that would attract men’s attention. I always felt rejected by my father and I thought I needed to be provocative and desired to feel loved. After my conversion, I…

Labor by Pearce Highsmith

Passing Time, Using Time

Summer is a good time to think about time. Some summer days, time seems to fly by and before we know it, the day is done.  On others, time seems to crawl as we struggle to finish a project, or…