St Joseph and St Mary Parishes in Freeport, IL

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Bible: Acts of the Apostles

The Acts of the Apostles is unique. The Gospel readings give an account of what Jesus did during his life and after the resurrection. The letters from Paul, Peter, Jude, and John are letters to the various communities. They give advice on how to live as Christians and they give some corrections for the people. The Acts of the Apostles give an account of what the apostles did after Jesus ascended into heaven. It may have advice and corrections, but the point of the book is to give an account of the actions the apostles took. Continue reading


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Jesus Calls Us To Be A Light To The World

Deacon Paul Ranney gives a homily reminding us to be a light to the world and giving us some advice on how to do just that.

 


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Pope’s Morning Homily: ‘Ideologies Strip Away the Flesh of the Church’

Pope’s Morning Homily: ‘Ideologies Strip Away the Flesh of the Church’


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Living the Moral Life 62

Blessed objects are great things to help us grow in virtue, protect us and teach us. Holy Traditions can do the same. In Traditions, I am more specifically referring to actions, as opposed to objects. Unfortunately, many people were taught that Traditions are relative and therefore can change like the wind. There are many reasons why Traditions are not subject to change. Continue reading


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Pope’s Morning Homily: Christians Have to Walk the Walk

Christians cannot claim to be “very Catholic” and then not live in accordance with what Christ teaches, Pope Francis said today in his morning homily at Casa Santa Marta. …

Pope’s Morning Homily: Christians Have to Walk the Walk


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Warns Closing Hearts and Minds Leads to Losing Out on Happiness God Has in Store for Us

“It is the sin of so many Christians who cling to what has always been done and who do not allow others to change. And they end up with half a life, [a life that is] patched, mended, meaningless.” …

Pope’s Morning Homily: Insisting ‘I Know Better,’ Rather Than Letting God Reveal, Will Amount to an Empty Life