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This Sunday, May 19th, the Church celebrates the great feast of Pentecost. The word “Pentecost”, meaning “the fiftieth day”, originally referred to the Jewish Festival of … more
Dear Friends, I would like to introduce myself, as I am new to this column. My name is Ronald Ramson, C.M. The C.M. after my name means that I belong to the religious order known as the Vincentians … more
Our Lord Jesus Christ is the Living Word of God. In Matthew 14:16, Jesus says; “. . .give ye them to eat”. How can people be convinced to believe in Jesus and receive Him as Savior so … more
Ash Wednesday has come and gone, and we are now in the season of Lent. For some, the only way they might know it is the availability of a fish fry most Fridays now until Easter. For those more in … more
I’ve been thinking lately about what it means to be humble. Maybe it’s because as I get older, my shortcomings and inabilities are more obvious to me, and to others as well, I’m … more
A few years ago, I read an Our Daily Bread devotional by Mike Wittmer, about a mountain climber who reached the summit of Mount Everest in 2019. He was treated to the unique perspective of sunrise … more
Yogi Berra: If you do not know where you are going you just might end up somewhere else. This comical quote illustrates a spiritual truth. If we are not sure what we are doing or where we are going … more
Each Christmas someone in my family gives me a book they know I will use for future columns. This year my wife, Kelly, gave me Great American Trivia. Today’s column is based on it. Many … more
All things considered, I think the winter, the shortest of our four seasons, gets a bad rap! I hear people say, myself included, ‘can’t wait for summer.’ Well sure, school’s … more
Today, January 18th, marks in the church calendar the commemoration of the Confession of St. Peter. From the gospel of Mark, we read, “And Jesus went on with his disciples to the villages of … more
I recently finished, Before We Were Yours, a fascinating novel by Lisa Wingate. Her book tells the story of families severely traumatized by social worker, Georgia Tann. She was widely respected in … more
As we take our first steps into the new year, we ask: What did God give us when He sent us His Son on that original Christmas day? The answer that resounds from Holy Scripture is salvation! God sent … more
Sometimes we come out of the Christmas season in a state of great concern, depression, fear, worry about what the New Year has in store, especially in light of how and what we have done before and … more
According to Spotify, while 75% of people enjoy Christmas music, 17% of Americans do not. However, I suspect some of those who are not fans may like the song, from the Charlie Brown Christmas Album: … more
As this article goes to print, we are very close to celebrating the birth of Jesus, called the Christ. Indeed, by this time many of you have had family Christmas celebrations, or perhaps school or … more
Each year thousands of people who are not typical ballet fans watch the Nutcracker, the most popular ballet in the US. It was first performed in 1892. Maria Tallchief’s performance in the role … more
Look in people’s eyes today and you will see hurt on many faces.  Last year alone more than 5,000, 000 people in our country are in self-help groups.  Look deeper and you will see … more
For as long as God has been good to His people, they have given thanks to Him. In the days when the earth was young and the harvest was done, Cain and Abel brought their offerings of thanks to God. … more
Now that our last carving of Thanksgiving turkey and spoonful of stuffing has been eaten, we’re all aware what comes next! The event, central to our Christian Faith, is a hallmark of who we are … more
Many years ago, I read best-selling author John Maxwell’s fascinating book, The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership. Maxwell told a dramatic story about businessman Roberto Goizueta, the former … more
If watching world news these days makes you nervous you are far from alone. It is also genuinely concerning for many powerful people. General David Petraeus expressed concern that the current war in … more
The Living Word of God quoting Jesus says: “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in … more
The Reformation. What is that, you ask? While it was an entire movement in history, covering many years, it is most often pegged to October 31, 1517, when a monk, priest, and professor by the name of … more
When a mother who had taken cocaine and oxycodone during her pregnancy gave birth in May 2001, her baby boy was born at just 26 weeks and weighed a mere one pound, 12 ounces. Christopher Duffley was … more
Psalm 25:22 has the prayer, “Redeem Israel, O God, out of all his troubles.” This takes me back to Genesis 12:3: “I will bless those who bless you, and him who dishonors you I will … more
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