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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Can Golf Get You To Heaven? (#641, 21st Sunday)

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Twenty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year C) • Will few be saved, or many? Jesus doesn’t answer the question. Instead he says, “Strive to enter in.” Healthy living is possible for everyone but it requires hard work. Golf is simple but it isn’t easy. There’s lots of ways to do it badly; it requires discipline to do it well. Hitting the ball well is a narrow door.

In a similar way, all humans are called to a life of self-giving love. Its simple but it isn’t easy. It requires a lot of discipline and practice. All of us were made for greatness, and we can achieve it with God’s help, as long as we strive to enter in.Read More

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“Come on Brother Ass!” or How to Face Resistance (#640, 20th Sunday)

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Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year C) • Despite my running conversion, my body still complains. We face resistance within ourselves. We also face resistance all around us. Jeremiah stayed faithful to God in the face of resistance. God isn’t welcome in our schools, our nation, or our personal lives. Those who listen to the voice of God find themselves unpopular and unwelcome. We must face remain faithful in the face of resistance. The saints surround us a cheer us on. Keep your eyes on the coach and you’ll be able to keep running the race.Read More

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Now Its Your Turn to Return (#639, 19th Sunday)

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Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year C) • God wants us to invest in other people. And God has been investing in us.  Leah Darrow discovered she had spent all her gifts and talents on herself. God was disappointed that she had nothing to offer him. What do you have to give back to God?Read More