September 17, 2021  |  By FATHER TAD PACHOLCZYK

Young people today experience various pressures and expectations that can make them anxious.

In a recent essay, Professor Timothy P. O’Malley, of Notre Dame’s McGrath Institute for Church Life, crisply describes some of the over-the-top pressures that graduating college students are likely to encounter in commencement addresses:


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September 17, 2021  |  By KATIE PREJEAN MCGRADY

Within 24 hours of the opening ceremony of the Tokyo Olympics, my almost 4-year-old daughter asked me if she could take a gymnastics class. Then she wanted to begin swimming lessons (finally). Then she asked if we could buy a horse. And just the other morning, she wanted to put on her sneakers so she could go “run like the fast girls” in the driveway.


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September 17, 2021  |  By SEAN M. WRIGHT

Known to contemporaries as Chiara Offreduccio, Clare was born in 1194 in Assisi, a small city in the Umbrian region of Italy, the eldest daughter of Favorino Scifi, Count of Sasso-Rosso, a forceful but honest Catholic gentleman. Her lovely mother Ortolana, of the noble Fiumi family from Florence, was conspicuous for her piety and care for the poor.


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September 17, 2021  |  By KERRY PEETZ
BLESSINGS IN BLOOM: Tick Tock It’s Four O’Clock

This time of year, the four o’clock is blooming and cheering up gardens all through our diocese. These marvelous flowers are considered old-fashioned and are sometimes overlooked as plantings but don’t count them out. They are definitely worthy of a spot in the garden.


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September 17, 2021  |  By DEACON RICK BAUER

The headline on the article published by the Pew Research Center was stunning: “Just one-third of U.S. Catholics agree with the church that Eucharist is body, blood of Christ.”

The article, which was published in August 2019, summarized the results of a Pew Research Center survey. The study focused on the Catholic teaching of transubstantiation, claiming that fewer Catholics than ever still believe in this core doctrine.


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September 3, 2021  |  By CHRISTINA CAPECCHI

Every fall the push to do more intensifies. Sharpen your pencil and dig in.

Produce more, study more, socialize more, exercise more, volunteer more. The calendar becomes the battlefield, its squares squeezed ever tighter. If summer is for vacation, fall is for achievement.


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September 3, 2021  |  By SEAN M. WRIGHT

I’ve written before about my son, DeForeest. At the age of three, he chose John Adams as his favorite U.S. president. Adams, a brilliant statesman, respected for his intellect and political acumen, comes closest to being the one man responsible for inventing America. He was also a curmudgeon, whose blunt honesty made enemies with ease. People are troubled by honesty.


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August 20, 2021  |  By SISTER CONSTANCE CAROLYN VEIT

In our mid-summer weekday Masses, we read a series of parables from the Gospel of St. Matthew. These stories were perfect for summer with their portrayal of Jesus and his disciples by the sea and their images of farmers laboring in their fields.


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August 20, 2021  |  By DEACON RICK BAUER

It is imperative that all men — especially priests — be images of the unfalteringly generous father who is God. For men, it is vital to reflect the fatherhood of God in our dealings with everyone.

So counsels Father Jacques Philippe, beloved priest, and no stranger to the faithful in the Diocese of Colorado Springs. In his newly published book, “Priestly Fatherhood: Treasure in Earthen Vessels,” Father Philippe has words of encouragement and strength to priests and those who lead by the example of fatherhood everywhere.


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August 20, 2021  |  By KERRY PEETZ
BLESSINGS IN BLOOM: Daisies

Daisies are such cheerful flowers. They exude summertime, warm weather, sunshine and friendships. There are so many different varieties, colors, shapes and sizes to choose from. Let’s explore daisies that are proven winners and grow well in our diocese:


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August 20, 2021  |  By FATHER TAD PACHOLCZYK

23-year-old woman named Keira Bell recently brought a pivotal lawsuit against the National Health Services Gender Identity Development Clinic in London, better known as the Tavistock Clinic. Keira experienced significant personal harm from puberty blockers, testosterone and an operation to remove her breasts. She claims the medical staff at the clinic failed to challenge her seriously about her decision as a teenager to transition to a male. In a landmark ruling delivered in December 2020, a British court upheld her claim that she’d been rushed through gender reassignment without proper safeguards.


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August 20, 2021  |  By ANDY BARTON

The history of Indian residential schools was largely unknown to me before June when the news of 215 unmarked graves at a school formally run by the Catholic Church surfaced out of Kamloops, British Columbia.  I have followed the story since then as new discoveries have increased the count of these graves in Canada to 1,300. The deceased were some of the 150,000 indigenous children who were removed from their homes, sometimes forcefully, by the Canadian government from the late 1800s through much of the 20th century.  


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August 6, 2021  |  By CHRISTINA CAPECCHI

I submitted two articles tonight, and moments after I hit send, I was struck by the parallel.

Sure, they both involved retired Catholics. But in my focus on the specifics of their work — the intricate toothpick sculptures of a Minnesota grandpa, the winsome travel guide written by a New Mexico single – I’d nearly missed how their paths mirrored each other.


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August 6, 2021  |  By MARGARET RUCKSTUHL

As a Salesian Cooperator, I am committed to living the Gospel message in the spirit of St. John Bosco who dedicated himself to the welfare of young people. I was privileged recently to live my mission through action with Catholic Charities Diocese of Laredo in Texas (CCDOL) at the La Frontera migrant shelter, supporting families crossing the southern border in search of a better life. 


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August 6, 2021  |  By BISHOP ROBERT BARRON

For many years, I have been maintaining an internet ministry that allows me, through comment boxes, to listen in on the questions, complaints, and pontifications of thousands of people in regard to religion. I have noticed that these commentaries sort themselves out in fairly predictable ways, centering around issues of God’s existence, the problem of suffering, the uniqueness of Christianity among the religions of the world, and the whole range of the Church’s sexual teachings.


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