How to Fight the Good Fight – and Win! (#649, 29th Sunday)

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Twenty-ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year C) • Plantar warts taught me three things: (1) Don’t ignore the problem (2) Get the help you need (3) Don’t give up. The same goes for our spiritual life. Life is a struggle, but with God’s help we can overcome. Just stay faithful and persevere.Read More


Why are You Idle? The Queen of Heaven Will Help You (#648, 28th Sunday)

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Twenty-eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year C) • The Queen of Heaven wishes us to pray for the Conversion of Sinners. All of us are called to spread the Good News of Jesus. Evangelization is about helping people begin to hear the voice of the true God and see the Face of God. It happens when we ourselves see, hear, and love as Jesus loves. Why are you idle when others are working in the vineyard of the Lord? Go and fear nothing, for she will help you.Read More

Building the Kingdom one Block at a Time (#647, 27th Sunday)

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Twenty-seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year C) • God is the Master; we are the stewards. Does your bedroom, apartment or home reflect good stewardship? Do your finances, time management, and life choices honor God? It’s about more than just ourselves; our corner of the kingdom includes our neighbors. We just do the little tasks we have been given and God can do amazing things. Look at Mother Therese or St. Therese of Lisieux. They were faithful, and that is why they were fruitful.Read More

Another successful #WalkingPilgrimage

National Novena Begins October 1st

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Any given Sunday in Wisconsin something special can happen. Particularly if you find yourself attending Mass at a local Catholic Church. One Sunday the Queen of Heaven came to speak to a Belgian immigrant named Adele. The message was very simple:

“I am the Queen of Heaven who prays for the conversion of sinners, and I wish you to do the same. You received Holy Communion this morning and that is well. But you must do more. Make a general confession and offer Communion for the conversion of sinners. If they do not convert and do penance, my Son will be obliged to punish them.”

The Queen had a special mission for this young lady:

“Gather the children in this wild country and teach them what they should know for salvation….Teach them their catechism, how to sign themselves with the sign of the Cross, and how to approach the sacraments; that is what I wish you to do. Go and fear nothing. I will help you.”

This apparition changed the Adele’s life forever. It was October 9, 1859. A shrine was soon built at the spot where Mary appeared. Many have found hope and healing by praying to the Queen of Heaven. Please consider commemorating the apparition by joining in the National Novena which begins on Saturday, October 1st (see below). If you heed the Queen’s requests, you too can fear nothing, for she will help you.Read More

How to Avoid Spiritual Constipation (#646, 26th Sunday)

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Twenty-sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year C) • We have been given so much — even more than four new tires. Clinging to what we have been given will cause spiritual constipation. Instead we must give generously as we have received. I challenge you this week to notice someone you might have ignored. Look them in the eyes, listen to them, and give them some time.Read More


A Tall Drink of Water

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I still remember the day I quit buying soft drinks. I was standing in the aisle at the grocery store debating between regular, diet, caffeine-free, real sugar, and the latest weird flavor of Mountain Dew. Suddenly it hit me: there are no good choices. Neither the sugar nor the sweet-tasting chemicals are actually good for me. I passed on the pop that day. At first I felt funny ordering “just water” at restaurants. But as I drank less sugar I found it harder to stomach a cola. Even fruit drinks seem sweet to me now. I stick to mostly water now, supplemented by natural drinks like coffee, hot tea, and fermented barley water. Which is why I came to own a Berkey water filter.Read More

Do This Before You Die (#645, 25th Sunday)

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Twenty-fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year C) • We are Stewards of God’s stuff. God expects us to use it wisely, generously, and for the good of others. All the stuff we have will one day belong to others. Use it while you still can to make your Master proud of you.Read More

How to be a Loser Like Jesus (#644, Holy Cross)

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Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross • Jesus got made fun of, beaten up, and killed. This made Jesus a loser by the world’s standards. But the real battle was being faithful to God and loving his enemies. Jesus was a winner in God’s eyes. We have a choice to make: We can only be a winner by God’s standards if we are willing to be a loser in this world. We can become something greater than superheroes: saints.Read More

Come Home to the Father (#643, 24th Sunday)

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Twenty-fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year C) • God desires to soak us in His mercy. When we come to our senses and return to our Father, our Father runs to meet us. This story is all about us. It tells us that we have a Father who loves us, and he won’t stop giving us stuff. Sometimes we get stuck on the stuff and won’t come home to the Father. So come to Confession and the Father will run to you and soak you in his mercy.Read More

An Hour in Heaven (#642, 22nd Sunday)

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Twenty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year C) • Seek humility and honors will come to you. Jesus models this humility when he welcomes the poor, the crippled, the lame and the blind. Through the Mass heaven comes to earth and we are caught up into heaven. It is a place of encounter with God and His people. Jesus wants us to welcome others as He welcomes us.Read More