Faith & Spirituality
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Shortly after I arrived as pastor of Immaculate Conception Parish in Jefferson City, a parishioner approached me and asked if I.C. could host an AA meeting at the parish. Of course, I said yes. … more
Editor’s note: Joseph Benevento Ph.D., a member of Mary Immaculate Parish in Kirksville, is the author of My Perfect Wife, Her Perfect Son, a novel about St. Joseph and the Holy Family. He is … more
This article centers on the one thing above all else that relates to our Salvation: The Eucharist, the consecrated bread and wine that becomes the Body and Blood of Jesus. The Eucharist is the … more
Last Thanksgiving, we visited our son and extended family in California. “Mom,” my daughter-in-law said, “no little children at the dinner. Young people are not having … more
Christ our Emmanuel models for us The Paschal Mystery (suffering/death/resurrection), which in some way is the most significant experience we can know of God’s love and mercy on this side of … more
This is the sixth in a series of teachings and reflections offered by the moderator of spiritual formation for the Jefferson City diocese: We learn in the exquisite creation stories from our … more
The Catechism of the Catholic Church instructs that there are four senses of Sacred Scripture. It is crucial to understand this, so as to dive deep into their sacred meaning ... into the wisdom … more
To the world Christmas, may seem to begin way before Dec. 25, so celebrating Christmas is just a one-and done event. But Christmas is surely so much more than just one day. It is an entire … more
As the Christmas Season of 2023 draws near, many people will find themselves traveling. They will be traveling to a place they call home. Home is often viewed as a special place where they … more
The Desert Ammas and Abbas (Mothers and Fathers) were the precursors of what we call Monks today. These dedicated disciples of Christ fled into the deserts of Egypt and Syria in the Third … more
“In the face of death, the Church confidently proclaims that God has created each person for eternal life and that Jesus, the Son of God, by His death and resurrection, has broken the chains of … more
November is the month of All Souls. This special time allows Catholics to remember and pray for those who have gone before us. Perhaps this treasured, and very Catholic tradition is one of the … more
This is the second in a series of teachings and reflections offered by the moderator of spiritual formation for the Jefferson City diocese. Mystery does not mean we cannot understand something, … more
This is the first in a series of teachings and reflections offered by the moderator of spiritual formation for the Jefferson City diocese. Like so many faithful souls around the world, I am a … more
One of my favorite segments of poetry is the fourth stanza of “Easter,” by George Herbert, a 17th-century English writer who put profound ideas into the simplest language. Both Emily … more
It’s Lent. Forty days of dedication to prayer, penance, almsgiving and fasting in the name of the Lord. Not fasting like medical fasting before a scan or surgery. Not trendy intermittent … more
Ten years ago, I bought an Eastern Hemlock and planted it at the edge of a wooded ravine in my backyard. I knew I was tempting fate. Tsuga canadensis is an important species in New England and the … more
For three years in the mid-1970s, my wife and I were Catholic volunteers in a program called VIDA, a peace corps-type program run by the diocese of Pueblo, Colorado. In the summer of 1977, one of … more
Every era faces challenges adapting to the vagaries of weather and climate change. Today, the challenge is global warming, but in the 17th century, the challenge was a global cool-down, a period … more
My second-grade teacher taught us a simple morning offering: “My God, I give You, this day, all that I think and do and say.” It didn’t take me long to see how fraught with peril … more
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