27th Sunday A: Bad Grapes or Good Grapes?

Bad Grapes or Good Grapes? Planting a vineyard is planting for a long-term investment and relationship, a labor that will not yield its grapes, and more importantly its wine, for several years. Just ask our local grape grower Debi Gust-Boerema, who inherited 18 acres from her parents, Red and Peggy Gust, and attends to approximately … [Read more…]

Ranks of Angels

Ranks of Angels The first sphere angels serve as the heavenly servants of God the Son incarnated. Seraphim Seraphim (singular “Seraph”) are, literally translated, “burning ones”. Seraphim are the highest angelic class and they serve as the caretakers of God’s throne and continuously shout praises: “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts; the whole earth is full … [Read more…]

Marriage and Human Sexuality

Marriage and Human Sexuality By Deacon Göran Fäldt from the National Catholic Register Marriage and the law of human sexuality are under the jurisdiction of human conscience. That is why it is important to understand the nature of conscience. Humans multiply over time in the union of love and fidelity as man and wife open … [Read more…]

26th Sunday A: The Three Sons

The Three Sons How then do we respond to this gracious invitation to enter into God’s family? This is the challenge addressed to us in our Gospel reading. We heard that the owner of a vineyard asked his two sons to go out and labor in that vineyard. This vineyard owner, of course, represents God. … [Read more…]

Father Altman

Father Altman I am writing this article because people were asking me what I thought about Father Altmanand his YouTube Video. For those who may not know, Father Altman is the Pastor of Saint James in LaCrosse and he was televising his parish Masses and posting them on YouTube.  He was also posting talks on … [Read more…]

The Ultimate Denarius

The Ultimate Denarius In Palestine at the time of Jesus casual laborers were in an insecure position.  There was lots of unemployment and no unemployment benefit.  One denarius was the going rate for a day’s basic work and it would support a man and his family for a day, if not lavishly. The social agreement … [Read more…]

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