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A season to receive Sacrament of Reconciliation Print
Seeing with Jesus' Eyes
Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020 -- 12:00 AM

An unemployed man unsuccessfully tried to find work. His wife nagged him for his failure. He explained that he was trying his best and he needed the understanding and support she promised to give him in their marriage vows.

This led to a heated argument, and he stormed out of the house. As he walked past his parish church, he recalled that confessions were being offered. He stopped, confessed his sins, and received absolution. As he left the confessional, to his surprise, his wife was the next penitent. This moved him deeply.

He purposely spent extra time doing his penance as he waited for his wife. When she finished, they embraced and asked each other's forgiveness. The Sacrament of Reconciliation helped them to be reconciled with both God and each other.

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What is ‘synodality’ and walking the synodal path? Print
Word on Fire
Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020 -- 12:00 AM

It was a great privilege for me to participate in the Synod on Young People in the fall of 2018.

Along with about 300 other bishops and ecclesial experts from around the world, I spent four weeks in Rome exploring the complex question of the Church's outreach to the young.

About three weeks into the synod process, a sub-committee of writers presented a preliminary text, meant to reflect our deliberations, questions, and decisions to that point.

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Fr. Samuel Mazzuchelli inspires us Print
Seeing with Jesus' Eyes
Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020 -- 12:00 AM

Carlo Gaetano Samuel Mazzuchelli was born on November 4, 1806, in Milan, Italy. He died on February 23, 1864, at St. Patrick Parish in Benton, where he was pastor. Years later, when I became pastor of St. Patrick's, my knowledge and admiration of him deepened.

Father Samuel accomplished so much that I get tired just thinking about it. One parishioner appropriately called him "our steam engine missionary." It would take books to completely cover his many accomplishments and gifts, so I will focus on just a few areas.

A mysterious occurrence

On October of 1863, according to Sr. Nona McGreal, Father Samuel rode to St. Matthew Parish in Shullsburg to celebrate Confirmation conferred by Milwaukee Bishop John Henni.

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