St Joseph and St Mary Parishes in Freeport, IL

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Be Bold, Be Catholic 3

Keeping the light of faith lit takes work and help from our neighbor. We grow in faith by sharing our faith in word and action. The more we share, the stronger our faith becomes. It starts with our interior thoughts about our faith. Then we share what is good and helps what keeps the faith alive in our hearts. We all need a witness of God’s goodness once in a while. We need to hear the stories of little triumphs to help us realize God is there and does listen to our prayers. Continue reading

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Living the Moral Life 71

We can get frustrated with the sins we commit. We trip and fall constantly. It would be easy to despair of going to confession for the same old sins every single time. In our despair, we could easily blame God for taking away our freedom. But it is the devil that loves to see us beat ourselves over the head, not Jesus. The devil is our accuser (Rev 12:10); Jesus is our advocate (1 John 2:1).

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Pope at Angelus: We Can Become New Creatures

No matter what, we can become new creatures.

Today, the three year anniversary of his election as Pope, Pope Francis urged faithful in St. Peter’s to realize this during his Angelus address at noon.

Reflecting on today’s Gospel from St. John which presents the story of the woman caught in adultery, the Pope stressed that Jesus was able to undermine the trap set up for him. …

Pope at Angelus: We Can Become New Creatures

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The Adulterous Woman