May 15, 2020  |  By SISTER CONSTANCE CAROLYN VEIT

One of my favorite hymns is a recent addition to our Easter repertoire, Three Days. It begins with an expression of despair — “Three days our world was broken; the Lord of life lay dead,” but then builds to a triumphant conclusion: “Though still Christ’s body suffers, pierced daily by the sword, yet death has no dominion: the risen Christ is Lord!”


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May 15, 2020  |  By DEACON RICK BAUER

At just the right time, the Catholic Church is blessed by a renewed kindling of love and devotion to St. Joseph. This new book is an outgrowth of that love, and a practical guide to renewing our own devotion to “our spiritual father.”


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May 15, 2020  |  By KERRY PEETZ
BLESSINGS IN BLOOM: Wise Use of Water

Water should be in the top three of our most treasured blessings. We need it to survive. So many different elements of our lives depend on water. It is important to conserve it, use it wisely and thank God every day for it.


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May 15, 2020  |  By FATHER TAD PACHOLCZYK

Creating a new vaccine and bringing it to market typically requires more than a decade of research and clinical testing. Many companies and research groups are working overtime to shorten this timeline dramatically in the wake of the Covid- 19 pandemic.


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May 1, 2020  |  By CHRISTINA CAPECCHI

It started with the Italians, whose arias rose from the balconies. They were on lockdown, but their voices rang out down empty moonlit streets. Ballads, the national anthem, improvised ditties over the barking of dogs.


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May 1, 2020  |  By BISHOP ROBERT BARRON

I have lived in Santa Barbara, California for the past four years. In that brief time, my neighbors and I have experienced a number of real tragedies. Just over two years ago, the terrible Thomas Fire broke out in my pastoral region, in the vicinity of Thomas Aquinas College (hence the name). For a frightening month it made its devastating way from Santa Paula through Ventura, Carpenteria, Montecito, and eventually commenced to devour the foliage on the hills just north of my home. As I was standing one Saturday morning on my front lawn, staring uneasily at the flames, a retired fire captain stopped his car and yelled out the window, “Bishop, what are you still doing here? Embers are flying everywhere; this whole neighborhood could go up.”


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April 17, 2020  |  By MICHAEL HORNE

ARLINGTON, Va. With the rapid changes brought on by COVID- 19, there is an incredible level of stress for everyone in the country. We have worries about our families, our work, finances and loved ones living in areas that may be experiencing an even greater impact than we are.


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April 17, 2020  |  By SISTER CONSTANCE CAROLYN VEIT

Several years ago, a summer heat wave of historic proportions settled over Europe, leading to the death of over 14,000 people in France alone. Many of the victims were elderly citizens who were left behind in major cities as their families and neighbors enjoyed their summer holidays far from the country’s urban areas.


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April 17, 2020  |  By DEACON RICK BAUER

Like two disciples in St. Luke’s Gospel walking from Jerusalem to Emmaus on Easter morning, through some strange set of affairs we seemed to have missed Jesus today. Perhaps we saw him on television or had an encounter via prayer. But we missed him in the Eucharist and with our brothers and sisters, and it might have caused our faith to shrink back a bit. But we are not of those who shrink back and are lost, but those who by faith hear the same words as came to Augustine in his garden, “tolle, lege,” which means “take and read.” May we find Christ opening himself to us the Scriptures, using words to call us closer in this time of testing.


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April 17, 2020  |  By KERRY PEETZ
BLESSINGS IN BLOOM: Spring Fever

What are we Catholics to do? No Mass, no socializing, no Sunday visits. God has certainly given us hope and with hope anything is possible. With hope comes spring and with spring comes plenty to keep us busy in the garden. For those of us who have a yard to tend to, now is a great time to start. For those who don’t have a yard but want to grow plants in containers, now is the time for preparation. All of us who share in being inside our homes and have houseplants, now is the time to help them grow.


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April 17, 2020  |  By ANDY BARTON

This past week, on a Good Friday that none of us will ever forget, I stood with Father Ron Raab in the parking lot at Sacred Heart Church on the west side of Colorado Springs, watching our homeless get a hot meal from a Salvation Army food truck. The Sacred Heart parking lot is one of two locations that has allowed for the mobile meal service: many others, including city parks, have prohibited the temporary onsite service.


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April 3, 2020  |  By SEAN WRIGHT
The Joy of Easter Eggs

The Lord is risen!” “The Lord is risen, indeed!”

Christians around the world share this sign and countersign when greeting each other throughout Eastertide. For the Church, the Bride of Christ, the Resurrection is an event too glorious to observe on a single day.


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April 3, 2020  |  By CHRISTINA CAPECCHI

Stephanie Weinert’s Instagram followers have come to expect unfiltered captions to go with her pretty pictures. That’s why she has amassed 7,000 followers, who click on images of her five young children and, in doing so, access her tips on skincare, home decor and liturgical living.


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March 20, 2020  |  By DEACON RICK BAUER

In the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, churches are shuttered, and we huddle in our homes, afraid of cellular microbes we barely understand. The old and infirm at greater risk, we worry for our loved ones and our faith community. Things may well get worse before they get better, but we are of a faith that has endured greater storms than we face even now. So as we hunker and bunker down, work from home, rush through the grocery stories looking for toilet paper (no, stop that!), we know that “everything works together for good for those who love the Lord and are called to his purpose” (Romans 8:28). Perhaps time at home means more time with family.


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March 20, 2020  |  By KERRY PEETZ
BLESSINGS IN BLOOM: Yellowjackets

Springtime is close at hand and along with spring comes those dreadful yellowjackets. These yellow- and black-banded insects win first prize, by far, for the top “stinging” pest in Colorado. By understanding them a bit more it may help us to avoid these troublesome wasps and enjoy a sting-free season.


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