St Joseph and St Mary Parishes in Freeport, IL

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Seeking God’s Will

~By Fr. Keith Romke, Vocations Director Another year has gone by and yet another one has started. We have once again reached this point where even those who aren’t seeking to grow closer to God seem to want to grow, to improve themselves, and to become better people. Hopefully this will go well for them. But what about those of us who are committed to living for God? Well, we have two big things going for us. First, that we aren’t on our own to fulfill whatever we discover needs to be worked on. We have the help of the Holy Spirit and the aid of God’s Grace in everything that we do so long as we ask for it! Secondly, if we are doing things right, then we aren’t left wondering what a good resolution might be. You see, God already know exactly what He wants for you to work on, because He knows what you are capable of and who He is calling you to be! If you want for this year to be better than the last, or for this year to be the best year of your life, it all starts with letting God plan it out for you, which requires letting go and letting Him show you what steps to take. We all need to give God just a little more control (actually a lot more, but we’ll start small so as not to overwhelm anyone!) of our day to day lives so that He can maximize our potential for a great year. So what are you waiting for? Only 358 days left, so get praying!


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The Light of Christ in Our Priests and Religious Sisters and Brothers


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A Community of Hope

God called Isiah to bring hope to God’s people. We are called to bring hope to others as an institution and as a community.


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Living the Moral Life 70

As we enter the fall political season, it is easy to get caught up into the mere human element of life and forget that God is there. We think about this policy and that policy. We think about the political party of our preference and understanding, and may even think that party has all the answers. We always need to be reminded that it is not the state that saves, but Jesus. Continue reading


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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