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A Cathedral of Beauty, Proportion, and Durability

The first known gathering of Catholics in Cincinnati was in 1811. An advertisement was placed in the weekly Liberty Hall requesting the Catholics of Cincinnati to meet at the home of Jacob Fowble to discuss the establishment of a congregation in the city. Unfortunately, what came of the meeting in the following years is unknown. Bp. Benedict Flaget of the Diocese of Bardstown, Ky. passed through Cincinnati in 1817 and again efforts were made to establish a Catholic church in southwest Ohio. This goal was finally realized in 1819 when on Easter Sunday Mass was …

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What a Pope!

About a year ago I reflected on the book The Good Pope, which told the life story of Pope John XXIII and his incredible impact on the papacy of his time. It seems to me that Pope Francis is having a similar impact on the papacy and the church of our time. His recent interview with the Jesuit magazines showed a man with a vision and a practice that are reaching those who have not been reached in the past. I especially loved the title “A Big Heart Open to God,” which captured for me …

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A Blessing For One Who Can’t Be Seen

A few months ago, my husband and I invited a newly ordained transitional deacon friend over for dinner.  Shortly after walking through the door, our friend eagerly offered to bless anything – crucifixes, rosaries, etc.  He came prepared with his new copy of the “Book of Blessings” and was excited to share his diaconate ordination in a unique way with our family. He also mentioned off-handedly the newly approved blessing of the unborn child. “Is that in the Book of Blessings?” I asked casually. “No, it’s in a separate booklet since it’s so new,” he …

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The Church of Baseball

There’s an opening line in the beginning narration of the film Bull Durham where one of the main characters emphatically states “I believe in the Church of Baseball.” Perhaps the reference here is partly to a Church of many gods. All things being equal, the baseball gods sometimes smile upon your favorite team and sometimes they don’t. Even past the last out, if it doesn’t go your way, there’s still another inning, another game, another series, another month, and another season. There’s always hope and a chance for redemption. In the wake of the latest …

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The Young Church of NOW.

When I tell people that I’m a youth minister, many well-meaning and wonderful people will say something like, “Oh that’s such important work. After all, the young people are our future.” Since those conversations usually are in passing, and by and large the folks who say things like this have the best intentions, I mostly respond with a smile and nod then say something affirming. But if I have a little more time, I like to politely disagree. You see, I don’t believe that young people are the “future of the Church” – and here’s …

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What Rachel, Brett, Johnny, Millennials, Pope Francis and Toby Keith All Have in Common

Talk about an innocent blog posting that goes viral. It seems that everyone in the blogosphere (my apologies to Scott Rosenburg) is well aware of a recent blog written by Rachel Held Evans entitled, Why Millennials Are Leaving the Church. There have been so many likes, tweets, recommends—and whatever else they are called—that I don’t know if there is a computer out there that can count the related comments and blogs written to comment on those comments. And, yet, I seem to feel called to add to that number. Rachel certainly hit a nerve. It …

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Run As to Arrive

Paul tells us in First Corinthians that we must run so as to win the race, but Paul must not have been talking about the Cincinnati Flying Pig Marathon!  I ran my first one this year as part of Run For The Call, an initiative that promotes Vocational Awareness for all God’s people.  I knew I would love being part of the initiative, but I had never suspected how much I would love being part of the marathon itself.  Mile after mile, the streets were lined with cheering crowds, encouraging us towards our goal.  We …

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Is the Church an Image of Compassion and Mercy?

Recently I had the opportunity to meet a courageous and good woman and mom.  A single parent of 4 children, she desires to raise her children to be adults with good morals, with an education to be productive citizens and independent, and she asks the Church to help her.  I shared with her the statics that show “faith is good for kids.”  Studies show that families, who pray together in the home, attend Church services together and have relationships with other members of their Church community usually become adults with faith.  These adults with faith …

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All Types of Religious: One Heart and One Spirit

Since I have been a religious some twelve-plus years, I have come to realize that non-religious sometimes have their hot button issues around religious-who they think religious are, what they think religious should do, how they think religious are supposed to be. On the one hand, I am glad people are passionate and love religious life enough to weigh in-even if they are perturbed with some of the members about one thing or another. On the other hand, I am not sure how I feel about their assumptions as concerned with the meaning of things …

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Pick Up Our Mats and Walk!

It seems to me that the best way as engaged Catholics to evangelize those who have disengaged is to be honest, authentic, and constructive. Matthew Kelly speaks of this in the Introduction of his book, Rediscover Catholicism. He addresses the issue of anger and frustration that people feel in general, but especially the anger toward abuse of children and toward cover-up of abuse of children. He says:  I suppose the question we should consider together is: What will we do with our  frustration and our anger?…It seems the people have just stopped thinking about it. They have …

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