Archive | 2009

A True Blessing

It may have been our most successful Letter and Spirit Conference ever. On November 6 and 7, priests, scholars, and lay people from around the country gathered in Crafton, PA, to probe the mysteries of “Priesthood and Blessing.” Joining us were 65 seminarians from 7 seminaries and dozens of dioceses. It was by far the

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Signs of Life

I’ve been a Catholic for almost a quarter-century, and still I marvel at the richness of the life we share. We’re borne along in this life by a sacred tradition, a primal element of customs of prayer. We pray with our hearts and minds, our souls and bodies. We pray with our posture and gestures,

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A Lamp Unto My Feet

At a recent Wednesday audience, Benedict XVI invited us all to “nourish our existence with the Word of God, for example, through more attentive listening to the readings and the Gospel, especially in Sunday Mass. Moreover,” he continued, “it is important to reserve a certain time every day for meditation of the Bible, so that

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Journey Through Scripture in Green Bay

Journey Through Scripture diocesan training is sure keeping us busy. Two weeks after finishing up Toledo we headed way up north to the Diocese of Green Bay for Bible and the Sacraments presenter training. It’s always a fun bunch in Green Bay and they were really energized by our study of the sacraments.  In fact,

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The Creed: Gateway to Grace

The Creed is both a prayer at Catholic Mass, and a basic catechetical instruction. It’s the statement of Catholic beliefs. What is a creed? Why do Catholics and other Christians need a creed? Here’s a look at how the creed developed and how it is crucial for Catholics today. Singer-songwriter Rich Mullins won lasting fame

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Covenant and Communion

In some ways it seems like yesterday I was hailing—in this very column—the election of Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger as supreme pontiff of the Church. I noted that he was the first world-class biblical theologian to be elevated to the papacy. I observed that he was probably the first pope since St. Peter to be so

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Bible and the Sacraments in Toledo

They say the third time is the charm. But that isn’t the reason Rob and I made trip number three to the Diocese of Toledo in just one year. We went to offer presenter training for the Bible and the Sacraments, the third study in the Journey Through Scripture parish-based Bible study program.   Once

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Facing the Future

When we teach someone to read the Scriptures, we’re pleased. We praise and thank God for the grace and the privilege. “For we”—you and I—“are God’s fellow workers” (1 Corinthians 3:9). When we teach a teacher, however, we magnify our praise, because we see once again the marvels of God. When we teach a teacher,

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The Lawler Treasury

Father Ronald Lawler was an advisor to popes and cardinals. He was a bestselling author whose catechism fed millions of Catholics. To Franciscan University students at the turn of the millennium, he was a winsome and passionate teacher of theology. Just before he died in November of 2003, Father Lawler arranged for his papers to

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Bible and the Mass in Toledo

For the second time in three months Rob Corzine and I traveled to Findlay, Ohio, to offer Presenter training for Journey Through Scripture, the St. Paul Center’s parish-based Bible study series. And just like when we presented Genesis to Jesus back in March, we again enjoyed the company of a very large crowd of people

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