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A cinematic lesson in hope Print E-mail
The Catholic Difference
Thursday, Jun. 30, 2016 -- 12:00 AM

At a moment like this when there doesn't seem to be a lot going right -- ascendant authoritarianisms throughout the world; lethal violence by ideological fanatics; feckless responses to both from the democracies -- it's good to be reminded that things can be different, and in fact were different, not so very long ago.

Recapturing those days and summoning memories of a time when the good folks won, cleanly and against all the odds, is the singular accomplishment of a splendid new documentary, Liberating a Continent: John Paul II and the Fall of Communism, which should be on everyone's summer must-watch list.

Mercy lessons from the woman at the well Print E-mail
Word on Fire
Thursday, Jun. 30, 2016 -- 12:00 AM

I had the enormous privilege recently of addressing English-speaking priests from around the world who had gathered in Rome for a special Jubilee celebration of the Year of Mercy. I met Fathers from the States, Canada, Australia, Latvia, Ghana, Cameroon, Ireland, Nigeria, and many other countries.

During the Communion at the Mass which followed my talk, I saw hundreds of priests in their albs coming to the altar to receive the Lord, and I thought of the passage from the Book of Revelation concerning the white-robed army gathered around the throne of the Lamb.

As a basis for my presentation, I used the wonderful story from the fourth chapter of John's Gospel concerning Jesus' conversation with the woman at the well. From this encounter, I derived four principles regarding the divine mercy.

Jesus the Good Shepherd is the model for all priests Print E-mail
Guest column
Written by Fr. David Carrano   
Thursday, Jun. 30, 2016 -- 12:00 AM

Following is the homily given at Fr. Joseph Baker's First Mass of Thanksgiving on June 25, 2016, at Holy Redeemer Church in Madison by Fr. David Carrano, pastor of Sacred Heart Parish in Reedsburg.

Votive Mass of the Sacred Heart of Jesus

Readings: Dt 10:12-22 and Jn 10:11-18

"I came that they might have life, and have it in abundance."

Reverend Fathers, Father Joe's parents Mark and Kay, Fr. Joe's family, friends, and faithful of the Diocese of Madison, it is a great joy to be here. It is truly life-giving to be present as Father Joe Baker offers his first Mass in Thanksgiving to God.

Though persevering through many years of seminary studies is a great accomplishment, we are not here to celebrate the achievement of Father Joe. Moses told the people today: "God is your praise . . . He who has done for you those great and awesome things that your own eyes have seen."