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June 16, 2017  |  By KERRY PEETZ
BLESSINGS IN BLOOM: ZucchiniZucchini squash is the crown jewel of the summer. It grows beautifully in most parts of our diocese and is an extremely versatile food. Archeologists have unearthed traces of this vegetable dating back to 5,500 B.C. in Mexico. Squash was part of their ancient fundamental diet that included maize, beans and squashes. Today this trio is still the backbone of Mexican cuisine known as the “three sisters”. 
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THE CATHOLIC REVIEW: Blessed Are Those Called to the Supper of the Lamb

Studying the Catholic Church’s teaching on the real presence of Christ in the Eucharist
June 16, 2017  |  By DEACON RICK BAUER
As we will soon celebrate the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ, it has always been a special time in the liturgical year for me. As a former Protestant minister, it was the Eucharist — the body, blood, soul, and divinity of Christ, present in bread and wine, the “source and summit of the Christian life” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, No. 322) that drew me inexorably into the Catholic Church. To receive Holy Communion is still the greatest gift on this earth, and it is always an experience to be treasured.
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June 16, 2017  |  By FATHER TAD PACHOLCZYK
Some people may wish to “donate their body to science” after they die. Such a gift of themselves can be objectively good and praiseworthy provided that their body would contribute to meaningful research or study, and that it would not be used in a disrespectful or otherwise inappropriate manner.
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June 2, 2017  |  By DAN SPADARO
The human body reveals that we are made for a heaven. Our bodies teach us things about intimate human relationships as well as our ultimate destiny. Human bodies are capable of creating new life, nurturing new life and thus fostering close family bonds, in and through the body. These are very basic human realities, but they also point towards how we are made in the image of God. We are ultimately made from and for family. Family structure is an image of God.
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June 2, 2017  |  By BISHOP ROBERT BARRON
I have always loved the Acts of the Apostles and have often recommended it to those who are approaching the Bible for the first time. Filled with colorful narratives, adventure, martyrdom, persecution, journeys by sea, etc., it makes for stimulating reading indeed. But I love it especially because it shows us the excitement of being a follower of Jesus. Long before there were parishes and dioceses and the Vatican and other institutional structures, there was this band of brothers and sisters who were so overwhelmed and energized by the fact of the resurrection that they went careening around the world and to their deaths with the message of Jesus.
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May 18, 2017  |  By KERRY PEETZ
BLESSINGS IN BLOOM: HibiscusThis heavenly plant originated in Asia and the Pacific Islands. Its beauty makes it is easy to understand why it’s Hawaii’s state flower. There are thousands of combinations of colors, and some flowers measure from 2” to a whopping 12” in diameter. The hibiscus is a member of the mallow family, which encompasses nearly 300 species including trees, shrubs, perennials and annuals.
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