St Joseph and St Mary Parishes in Freeport, IL

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Roe v Wade Decision

This Wednesday is the anniversary of the fateful decision of Roe v Wade on January 22, 1973. Oddly enough, even the justices who made the decision said that it was weak. Most of the big players in the case converted to being pro-life. Norma McCorvey, “Jane Roe” of Roe v Wade, ended up a pro-life Catholic. She dedicated her life after becoming pro-life to saving the lives of babies threatened with abortion, and helping many women before an abortion to keep them from such a devastating decision, and/or after their abortion to find reconciliation. In the court case, she actually never got that abortion, but did get one later with great regrets. She wrote a book on her experiences of abortion and the industry. I had the privilege of meeting her before she died. Continue reading


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Domingo II tiempo ordinario ciclo A 2020

En el segundo canto del “Siervo de Yahvé” es él mismo quien toma la palabra y define su misión: “ser luz de las naciones para que la salvación de Dios llegue hasta el confín de la tierra”. Todo hombre tiene una vocación y una misión, que nace de la llamada que recibe de Dios. Pablo descubre su vocación y su misión, Juan también es consciente de cuál es su misión y la asume. Jesús, el auténtico “siervo de Yahvé”, será presentado por Juan para llevar a cabo la misión que el Padre le encomienda: “es el Cordero de Dios que quita el pecado del mundo”. Jesús carga con los pecados de sus hermanos, los hombres y se ofrece, aunque es inocente, para expiar por ellos. Él es quien restablece la relación del hombre con Dios, haciendo que el hombre y la mujer se reconozcan de nuevo como hijos suyos. Vocación y misión, ¿te has preguntado cuál es la tuya? Continue reading


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Symbolism in the Church #39

s1290035.jpgOn the left side, as you are looking at the altar there is one of the round windows closer to the choir loft that has a heart with the anchor on one side and a cross on the other side of the heart. The heart is depicted as having a fire coming from the top of it, but it is not the full image of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. The fire depicts God’s love for us in the heart. The anchor on the left side of the heart reminds us of Peter, our first pope, but also the anchor of God’s love for us. It brings peace, comfort and strength in faith when we know how much God was willing to do for us. His love for us is not here today and gone tomorrow. His love is steadfast. It does not depend on how He feels for the day, nor does it go away if we do the wrong thing. His love is an anchor we can depend on in holding us fast so we do not get taken away by the storms of life. Even when we do the wrong thing, He still calls us back and extends His mercy. The anchor wraps its hook around the cross on the right side of the heart. It embraces that cross of mercy for us. The heart, the anchor and the cross are one in Jesus Christ. We really can trust in Him, His mercy and His love. We just might have hope yet. Continue reading


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Symbolism in the Church #38

s1290029.jpgThe next round window is an image of a mother pelican feeding the baby pelicans. This image actually pre-dates Christianity. Legend has it that when there was a great famine, the mother pecked a wound on herself so that she could feed her babies. Thus, she risked her own life for that of her children. It is an image of a mother’s love, but a mother’s love comes from the God, who made all mothers. Jesus came and risked His life to save us. This risk is not in word only. Jesus joyfully was willing to do what He could to save us from peril, even if that meant He would die. Continue reading


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Domingo de la sagrada familia Jesús, María y José ciclo A 2019

Si San José no hubiera actuado por amor y con amor, habría repudiado a María antes de que el ángel le hablara en sueños. El amor de José a María se manifestó en forma de respeto, porque la amaba; en actitud de comprensión y generosidad, porque la amaba; en renunciar a su primer impulso de vanidad y orgullo herido, porque la amaba. Continue reading


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Symbolism in the Church #37

S1290020The next image is the chalice with the cross in the back. It matches the one on the other side that has already been described. The chalice symbolizes the Blood of Christ in the Eucharist and the cross reaffirms the sacrifice that was made so that Jesus in the Eucharist is made available to us today. Continue reading


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Merry Christmas!

nativity by lorenzo lottoOk, it is not Christmas yet, but I wanted to let all those who are leaving town to visit family know that I wish them a merry Christmas. I hope you have been able to stop and reflect on the joy of knowing that Jesus loves you so much. Lent can be a time when we look at ourselves and realize we need to get in gear, but Advent and Christmas is a time to relax and reflect. Continue reading