St Joseph and St Mary Parishes in Freeport, IL

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Pope’s Morning Homily: Division in the Church Keeps People From Seeing the Lord

Pope’s Morning Homily: Division in the Church Keeps People From Seeing the Lord


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Division Is Devil’s Main Weapon, Pope Tells Bishops

Division Is Devil’s Main Weapon, Pope Tells Bishops


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Living a Moral Life 47

The hardest question to answer is, “How do I know if it is a mortal sin?” Human acts are very complicated. We are good at becoming our own politicians in trying to justify ourselves. But going to confession is not about justifying ourselves, but about judging ourselves. It takes rigorous honesty and trust to take such a deep look at ourselves and our actions. Continue reading


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The Adulterous Woman


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The Adulterous Woman


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Living a moral Life 42

Even the most reserved introvert has to work on avoiding gossip. We button the lip, zip the lip, bite our tongues, pray, avoid people and try our best, but then it comes out full force. But how resolved are we to rid ourselves of this slavery? This type of sin is stubborn. Even after years of hard work, it creeps right back as if a day was never missed. The Devil loves it when God’s children attack each other and our fallen nature is very prone to it. But we are not without hope. Continue reading


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Living the Moral Life 41

A tell-tale sign that one has not forgiven is gossip. In fact, it produces unforgiveness in others. So not only does it condition the self to not forgive, but encourages others to fall into the same sin. It seems to be the favorite American pastime. But first, to help motivate us not to gossip, we need to understand why it is so wicked. Continue reading