Our Parish Programs Archives: From the Pastor Desk

What Do You Think?

Those of you my age may remember Sherman, Mr. Peabody and the Wayback Machine. This week I want to look way back to the news of July 11. It wasn’t big news, just an interesting, amusing filler story in the … Continue reading

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What Would HE Have Us Do?

One of the most impressive things I saw in Germany this summer is the Kaiser Wilhelm Church Memorial. It is not a church anymore; it is the bombed out remains of a once glorious imperial era Gothic high-Lutheran church. The … Continue reading

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What is Truth?

Just a few feet away from the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin is the Reichstag Building. It is one of the few buildings left in Berlin that is connected to the history of the Nazi era. Most of Berlin was destroyed … Continue reading

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Choices

On so many of my vacations, the only time I watch TV, the news is dominated by one major story. I was treated to several big stories this time, but the first week or so was filled with the ongoing … Continue reading

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A Job Well Done . . .

Now we have arrived at the month where here in the mid-west summer definitely winds down. Schools begin in mid-August. Back east, schools used to begin after Labor Day, and many still do. You pack away your white duds then … Continue reading

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Music to My Ears . . .

By the time you read this, it will be all over… the World Cup, that is. Although St. Louis is definitely a baseball town, it is for the U.S. definitely a fútbol, a fußball, a soccer town. So I know … Continue reading

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Mariahilf

In the gentle farmland of Spencer County in southern Indiana, is a very small town called Mariah Hill. Settled in 1846 by German immigrants, it was once a thriving if small place, but it would be hard to describe it … Continue reading

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Stay Focused

Later next week I will be leaving for Germany, arriving in Frankfurt on Thursday morning and then driving to Neckarsulm, in the Neckar river valley to stay with my cousins. One of the things I will notice again traveling in … Continue reading

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Sin Spreads, but so Can Good

Early this year, when I was planning my trip to Haiti to visit the school we built there, I received an email from a Priory School graduate, now a doctor working in public health and epidemiology. He warned me that, … Continue reading

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Make the Best of Our Waiting

I mentioned in my homily on Ascension Sunday that I hate waiting. This has resulted in a pattern of behavior designed to avoid or minimize waiting. When I lived in New York City and Washington, I had figured out just … Continue reading

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