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Deacon Greg Kandra on the Diaconate

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Deacon Greg is one of my favorite bloggers, sharing daily his thoughts on news events and a wide variety of Catholic topics. Today he shares a story and a homily on the diaconate, well worth a read. Here’s an excerpt: As I approach the anniversary of my ordination, this reading from the Acts of the Apostles seems to have even more …

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Cardinal Rigali on the Feast of the Ascension

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I am a proud member of the Knights of Columbus, a charitable organization consisting of Catholic men of faith and action. The Knights are organized locally in councils which are affiliated with a local Catholic parish. I happen to be a member of Council 5207 in Knoxville, The Sacred Heart Cathedral Council. Our council is blessed to have as its …

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What is Truth?

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So many people in today’s culture, sadly so many Catholics, have bought in to the idea that there is no such thing as absolute truth. They think what is “true” for me need not be “true” for you. They may believe some of what the Church teaches, but they don’t believe those teachings that are inconvenient or contrary to their lifestyle. Pope …

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Repentance, Conversion and “Consumer Christianity”

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Msgr. Pope of the Archdiocese of Washington maintained in a blog post from August 2013 that the Catholic church often suffers from a fear of preaching repentance and conversion. I don’t think much has changed in the few years since that post, other than it may be even more true today than it was then. Many of us are embarrassed to speak the truth …

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The Feast of the Holy Family – Bishop Robert Barron

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Once again Bishop Barron nails it with his homily for the Feast of the Holy Family. What really resonated with me is what Bishop calls the Law of Gift, which he says he learned from St. John Paul II, the law for the spiritual life: “Your being increases in the measure that you give it away.” If you don’t listen to …

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Saint Stephen, Deacon and Martyr

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Today we celebrate the Memorial of Saint Stephen, who was among the first group of seven deacons appointed by the apostles and also the first Christian martyr. Deacon Mike Gouge gave a wonderful homily today at morning Mass on St. Stephen and also spoke of several other deacons who are recognized by the Church as Saints. Of particular interest to me was …

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Reflections and Homilies

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Today is the Third Sunday of Advent, Gaudete Sunday. The word “gaudete” is Latin for “rejoice.” We refer to this Sunday as Gaudete Sunday because the first word of the Entrance Antiphon for today’s Mass is “Rejoice.” The antiphon is as follows: Rejoice in the Lord always; again I say, rejoice. Indeed, the Lord is near. Today the pink/rose candle is …