St Joseph and St Mary Parishes in Freeport, IL

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Gratitude in Doing God’s Work

Haven’t you ever noticed how people who give of their time, especially to those in need, say that they get more out of it than what they give? Is that just a nice cliché or is it really true? If it is true, how so? What do they mean by that anyway? Continue reading


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The Pearl

I remember when I moved into Wonder Lake, before I went into the seminary, I built my house in a neighborhood closer to Rt 120. My neighbors across the street were very nice to me. They called me “the next day neighbor”. I cheated a little on building my house; it was a pre-made home from Pittsville, Wisconsin. My neighbors were very welcoming. When I asked my neighbor across the street where the nearest Catholic Church was, they responded that I would have to go to one of the neighboring towns. I figured since they grew up there, that was the best place to start. Two weeks later I found a Catholic Church right in town. Oops! 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 68

Prayer, faith, and the things of faith not seen, are the driving force of the faith seen. We will be motivated to do works, in so far as we have a relationship with Jesus. If our relationship with Jesus is weak, our works will be weak. If we have a strong relationship with Jesus, our desire to do the will of God will be stronger. How close are you to Jesus? Continue reading