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Are there people around you that you're not comfortable with?

Posted Jan 04, 2016

A few years ago, I was in line at a bank and, for whatever reason, I began to compare my appearance to the guy in front of me in line. He was a big guy, dressed in outdoor work clothes. His head was shaved and he had a tattoo of a scorpion on the side of his neck. My first thought about him was...

What does it mean to be a holy family?

Posted Dec 27, 2015

I think in order to understand how to be a holy family we must at least understand what it means to be “holy”. The USCCB Catechism for Adults offers this as a definition: “A state of goodness in which a person – with the help of God’s grace, the action of the Holy...

God desires to receive every one of us

Posted Dec 20, 2015

A few weeks ago I attended one of our Parish Council meetings that was conducted in two languages, followed by a translated discussion of our different experiences of being members of St. Monica Church. This is not always easy to do; we are a very racially and culturally mixed group with...

Rejoice in the Lord Always

Posted Dec 13, 2015

Rejoice in the Lord always: I shall say it again, rejoice! (Philippians 4:4) There are many things that cause us to rejoice and be happy: an accomplishment at work, the Colts win, our children get a good grade, and even a time of retreat and prayer may give us joy for a time. The problem for...

What Would You Do To Prepare the Way?

Posted Dec 06, 2015

“During the 7th year of the reign of President Barack Obama when Michael Pence was governor of Indiana, and Daniel Coats and Joe Donnelly were Senators for Indiana and Andre Carson and Susan Brooks were the representatives for your district and during the Papacy of Francis, the Word of God...

A labor of love

Posted Nov 29, 2015

I have no idea what it is like to be pregnant and give birth to a child, but it does not appear to be easy. There are difficulties throughout the process; weight gain, hormonal changes, weird food cravings, and the challenge of trying to keep healthy for two lives while going about the same...

Advent Reflection

Posted Nov 22, 2015

One of the ways we speak about both the Eucharist and the Christian community is to speak of each as the “Body of Christ”. Both are correct: One sense refers to Jesus Christ who is truly present “Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity” in the Eucharistic species, the other...

Thank you Cohort Partner Parishes

Posted Nov 15, 2015

As part of the Connected in the Spirit process that has been happening throughout the Archdiocese, St. Monica is in a partnership with St. Michael and St. Gabriel parishes here in the West Deanery. While we have certain projects that we are working on together, I would especially like to thank...

Mass Intentions

Posted Nov 08, 2015

For many years in the Catholic Church we have had the custom of having an intention for each Mass, usually for a deceased relative or friend. Here at St. Monica these intentions are published every week in the bulletin. Depending on the parish, there might also be a custom mentioning the...

The Year of Mercy

Posted Oct 26, 2015

The Holy Father has declared this coming year to be a “Year of Mercy” for the Catholic Church. It will begin on Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, 2015 and end on the Solemnity of Christ the King in 2016. During that time there will be special pilgrimages, indulgences, and an...

Do you use your phone more than you pray?

Posted Oct 11, 2015

Last week, while teaching one of our 7th grade religion classes, I invited them to imagine one week where they did not keep their cell phone with them and left it at home. I did not say turn it off for a week or stop using it altogether I just invited them to leave it at home for one week. What...

Called to Challenge

Posted Oct 04, 2015

In my homily last week, I spoke about how our Catholic faith calls us to be active politically. When the Holy Father addressed the US government for the first time in the history of our country, it was also a reminder to me that we are called to challenge those who represent us at the federal...

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