Engaging the Challenges of Our Landscape — By Fr. Rich, OP

Someone asked me if I knew why presidential inaugurations occur on January 20. So, of course, I went hunting and found a wealth of information about events that occurred on that day. Here is a sample. On January 20, 250CE, Saint Fabian ended his reign as Pope. Then apparently nothing of significance happened on that day until 1045 when Giovanni di Sabina was elected on January 20, taking the name…Keep Reading

Nonviolence: A Style of Politics for Peace — By Fr. Rich, OP

In the first bulletin of the new year, I committed a large portion of our weekly bulletin to sharing Pope Francis’ message celebrating the 50th World Day of Prayer for Peace. In the almost 3,000 words, his Holiness speaks about “Nonviolence: a Style of Politics for Peace.” In the letter, Francis offers a concise history of the power of Catholic nonviolent participation in global politics over the last 50 years….Keep Reading

Are you Ready for the Christmas Season? — By Fr. Rich, OP

Throughout Advent, our community has been offered themes for contemplation; “Anticipate,” an invitation that grounds the entire season, as we direct our prayers, activities and thoughts to the celebration of the Messiah. Supported by the exhortation to “Be Awake,” we dust off not only the Christmas lights and decorations, but also unused prayers, readings and activities. The parishes in our diocese offer Advent reconciliation services, encouraging us to stop, examine…Keep Reading

The Three Reveals of Advent — By Fr. Rich, OP

So, if the Gospel for the third Sunday in Advent were a show on HGTV (Home and Garden Television, for the uninitiated), there would be three separate “reveals.” Last week, John, the messenger, was preaching and baptizing repentance for sin. He proclaimed the imminent appearance of the Anointed one. He warned his listeners that judgement was coming and they needed to prepare.  And today, in response to John’s query, Jesus…Keep Reading

Repent this Advent Season

One of the reasons that our Scriptures are so powerful is their timeliness. We are constantly reminded that words penned centuries earlier, imbued with the power of the Holy Spirit, speak to us, bringing us to the scenes of Moses addressing the Chosen People, David dancing in front of the Tabernacle, and Isaiah encouraging the people. We are transported to those around Jesus as He draws His Disciples into His…Keep Reading

10 Beatitudes for Catholic Advocates — By Fr. Rich, OP

Although this list that I’ve included here is directed by the Missouri Catholic Conference toward Catholic Advocacy, I would offer that, as the season of Advent begins, we have an opportunity to set the tone for our lives as Catholics in the coming year. These “Ten beatitudes for Catholic Advocates” seem to be a solid foundation from which to proceed: BE PRAYERFUL — Unless the Lord builds the house, we…Keep Reading

Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe — By Fr. Rich, OP

As I survey the landscape of our world these days, I find myself gravely challenged to engage the virtues of faith or hope. I look to Thanksgiving later this week and find myself wondering, as a Church, if we can be authentically thankful.    From the Gospel of November 13, Christ’s prophetic warning, “Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be powerful earthquakes, famines, and plagues…Keep Reading

Time for a Renewed Engagement — By Fr. Rich, OP

As I am writing this column in the middle of October, the election is still three weeks in the future. However, because of how the system works, this column has to be written prior to the election’s outcome. Rest assured that I am not aspiring to be prophetic in this effort. I can say, with some assurance, that the world is a different place than it was before November 8….Keep Reading

This World Was Made for Thirst — By Fr. Joseph, OP

In today’s reading, we encounter one of the deadliest and more common attitudes in prayer.  Its root sin is pride, and it is produced by a biased perspective.  One’s small acts of piety and good intentions become a focal point of prayer and a means of self-glorification.  This becomes the foundation for inordinate self-love.  Focused in on itself, the heart becomes accustomed to (self) praise.  Anything that threatens this praise,…Keep Reading

Misconceptions of the Nullity Process — By Fr. Joachim, OP

The marriage nullity process is misunderstood by many people. First, we have to remember that the goal of canon law, as stated in the Code of Canon Law promulgated by Pope Saint John Paul II, is the “salvation of souls.” First and foremost, that is the aim of canon law. Misconceptions have come from people either not understanding the process or hearing misinformation from other people who are usually against…Keep Reading

An Invitation to Give — By Fr. Rich, OP

We need to increase our income. We as a community need to somehow make that happen. Twenty-five to thirty percent of the registered community supports our programs. If you are part of that percentage, thank you. If you are part of the other seventy to seventy-five percent, I invite you to prayerfully consider becoming part of the solution. Now that you know the topic of this column, you are free…Keep Reading

Dominic de Guzman: Gospel Man of Prayer — By Sr. Karen, OP

One of the four pillars that hold up Dominican life is study, so we are proud that a good number of parishioners here at Newman from pre-school through old age are involved in programs of faith formation.  Whether it’s formal religious education in pre-school through high school, campus ministry, FOCUS, Catholic Young Adults, bible studies, small faith sharing groups, Adult Faith Formation classes, or Spiritual Direction, the goal is hearing…Keep Reading