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Understand the Power of the Resurrection

Posted by Fr Dennis Wieland

After the death of Jesus the apostles returned to the Upper Room and kept the doors locked.  It was a room filled with bittersweet memories.  It was in that room that Jesus had washed their feet, celebrated the Last Supper with them, and the place where the apostles pledged ... Read More »

Faith Takes Us Where Our Senses Cannot Go

Posted by Fr Dennis Wieland

“Unless I see, unless I touch, I will not believe!” said Thomas.  On the surface it sounds reasonable and logical.  It represents the rational approach so much in use today.  There are those who feel that everything can be rationally explained.  If something is obscure, all we have to ... Read More »

Today is the Day of Easter Joy!

Posted by Fr Dennis Wieland

Today is the day of Easter joy!  However, we cannot fully appreciate the greatness of the resurrection of Jesus unless we acknowledge the full reality of his death.  Jesus died in darkness and he trusted enough in God to face the darkness, and to wait for the resurrection.    ... Read More »

Make This Week Truly a Holy Week

Posted by Fr Dennis Wieland

Today we enter into the holiest week of the Church’s liturgical year as we celebrate the Paschal Mystery, that being, the suffering, death and resurrection of the Lord Jesus. It can be a very emotional week as we reflect on the immense love God has for us, as revealed ... Read More »

On Our Lenten Journey, May We Get Out of Ourselves and Into Christ

Posted by Fr Dennis Wieland

One of the most beautiful sights to behold is a field filled with young stalks of wheat. It is interesting to watch them swaying in the wind and glowing in the sunlight. Yet, how strange is the process by which these stalks of wheat come into existence.

The process ... Read More »

Come Out of the Shadows of Belief

Posted by Fr Dennis Wieland

Nicodemus is at the heart of today’s Gospel account. He appears three times in the Gospel of John and is a noteworthy character. Nicodemus is a Pharisee, and a member of the Sanhedrin, which was the supreme court of the Jewish people.

We first encounter Nicodemus in today’s passage. ... Read More »

The 10 Commandments Should Be Lived, Not Just Followed

Posted by Fr Dennis Wieland

Once there was a very sincere man who desired to live a holy life. He went to his rabbi to seek advice on how to do this. The rabbi congratulated him on his ambition, then asked, “How are you doing so far?” “Quite well, I think,” replied the man. ... Read More »

Each Day, God Gives Reveals Himself to Us

Posted by Fr Dennis Wieland

Today’s Gospel is the account of the Transfiguration.  This is what we call an “epiphany story,” as the word epiphany means “manifestation.”  Such stories are common in the ancient writings about holy people.  Through these stories, the veil which separates the invisible from the visible world, and the future ... Read More »

May Your Lenten Practices Help You Reject Satan

Posted by David Niles

Insects and flies are lured by the scent of the sweet.  Many times they discover that following a sweet scent can lead to a life of imprisonment or worse.  Unable to resist the lure of the scent, they crawl far into a flower only to get so steeped in ... Read More »

Take Time to Be Alone with God

Posted by David Niles

The Gospel account today tells us that, after Jesus cured the sick and drove out demons, “Rising very early before dawn, he left and went off to a deserted place, where he prayed.”  What a wonderful example this is for all of us, in light of the many who ... Read More »