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May 17, 2019  |  By DEACON RICK BAUER

The more we honor the Blessed Virgin, the more we honor Jesus Christ, because we honor Mary only that we may the more perfectly honor Jesus, since we go to her only as the way by which we are to find the end we are seeking, which is Jesus.”

So begins what is, in the minds of many a saint — and many a living disciple of Jesus, — the best book on the veneration of Mary, the Blessed Mother of Jesus, Mother of God, and Queen of Heaven. “True Devotion to Mary” is St. Louis de Montfort’s classic statement, written from sermons preached by this priest while traveling by foot across France in the late 18th century, of who Mary is, and what role she should play in our hearts and spiritual lives.

May 17, 2019  |  By KERRY PEETZ
BLESSINGS IN BLOOM: Top Four Gardening Tips for New Coloradans

The Diocese of Colorado Springs serves ten counties in the center of Colorado including a total of 39 parishes that covers an estimated area of over 15,000 square miles across central Colorado. That’s a lot of marigolds! Our church furthest west is Holy Family in Leadville, and our church furthest east is St. Catherine of Siena located in Burlington (17 miles from the Kansas border).

Whether you’re new to the area or have lived here for years, here are a few recommendations to get your garden growing in the right direction:

A few years back, I gave a talk entitled “Thinking Through the Transgender Question” at a local parish. In the audience were several individuals supporting the transgender movement. During the question-and-answer session, one of them, a young woman, raised this difficulty: “If someone wants to transition, how does that hurt anybody else? If my friend wants to be transgender, how would that harm any of us?”
May 17, 2019  |  By BISHOP ROBERT BARRON
There were more Christian martyrs in the twentieth century than in all of the previous nineteen centuries combined. Hitler, Stalin, Mao, Pol Pot, and many of their lesser-known totalitarian colleagues put millions of Christians to death for their faith in that terrible hundred-year period.
April 19, 2019  |  By DEACON RICK BAUER
Spring is back in Colorado! Gone (we hope) are the snowstorms, replaced with the chirping of birds at morning, the budding of our trees, and the joys of lingering afternoon sunshine — hints and promises of spring. So why engage in spring cleaning when there are good books to read? This month we’ve selected a few that will bless you in particular ways — in heart, body, mind and soul.
April 19, 2019  |  By SEAN WRIGHT
But what about Peter?” asked my son DeForeest as we returned from the Easter Vigil Mass many years ago.
April 19, 2019  |  By ANDY BARTON
I love my neighbors.  They are an older couple who have lived in the house next door for over 40 years.  She bakes us the most incredible cakes in exchange for shoveling their walks.  He waves to me in the mornings when we are out getting our respective newspapers. By virtue of our shared property line, we look out for and take care of each other. 
April 19, 2019  |  By KERRY PEETZ
BLESSINGS IN BLOOM: Hail and the GardenIt’s the beginning of hail season! Boy, oh boy, has Colorado had its share over the past few years. There are a few measures that can be taken to protect your flowers and vegetables, but when we have hailstorms that are shattering windshields, breaking skylights, house siding and practically everything outside the only thing to do is pray, pray, pray.
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