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Faith: The Best Help of All

Posted by Fr Dennis Wieland

Most folks are familiar with Anne Frank, the Jewish teenager who lived in Amsterdam during the early years of World War II. When the Germans started rounding up all Jews, she and her family went into hiding. There was a total of seven in all and they hid for ... Read More »

Our Destiny Is to Be One with God

Posted by Fr Dennis Wieland

The Church’s liturgical year is drawing closer to its end. As it does, our Scripture readings focus our attention on the end of the age and the return of the Lord Jesus in glory. They also invite us to reflect on our own mortality and the reality that one ... Read More »

May Each of Us, Like Zacchaeus, Be Transformed

Posted by Fr Dennis Wieland

When it comes to correcting people, the kind of approach we take is very important. If we approach them only to confront them with their faults, most likely nothing will be accomplished. In fact, matters will be worse as the person most likely will become resentful, and harden their heart.

We have to approach people in such a way that we show them that we believe in them, accept them, and have confidence in them. The result of this is that they drop their guard and are willing to open up. This is what happened to Zacchaeus in today’s Gospel ... Read More »

Part of the Pharisee Lurks in Each of Us

Posted by Fr Dennis Wieland

The Pharisee in today’s Gospel

account was unaware of his own sinfulness. In reality, he didn’t think he had any sins at all. He declared that he wasn’t a sinner “like the rest of humanity.” Instead of examining his own conscience and confessing his sins, he examined the conscience ... Read More »

Prayer Begins with Faith and Ends with Faith

Posted by Fr Dennis Wieland

The thought behind today’s Gospel account is perseverance in prayer. So often when people go to God in prayer they are focused on themselves. After all, it’s all about me and what I want. Right?

Well that is not genuine prayer. Genuine prayer is asking God to conform our ... Read More »

Thank God for Giving You the Ability to Share His Love

Posted by Fr Dennis Wieland

We are very familiar with today’s Gospel account of the healing of the 10 lepers. We think, how sad that only one returned to give thanks to Jesus for healing him of a disease that separated him from his family, his social community, and being able to worship in ... Read More »

Faith Is the Greatest Power in the World

Posted by Fr Dennis Wieland

Faith is the greatest gift we possess and with the passing of time it becomes strong and sustaining. To possess a confident faith is a tremendous blessing. For it is only faith that can answer the most profound questions of life or make sense out of some of the mysteries of life.

Without faith, ... Read More »

You Will Encounter the Poor Beggar This Week

Posted by Fr Dennis Wieland

The rich man and Lazarus lived in very different worlds. The rich man dressed in purple robes; Lazarus was dressed in rags. One ate splendidly every day; the other didn’t eat at all.

One was healthy; the other covered with sores. The rich man lived in a palace; Lazarus ... Read More »

A Disturbing Lack of Belief in the Real Presence

Posted by Fr Dennis Wieland

I would like to share with you some excerpts from an editorial in the September 1-7 issue of the Our Sunday Visitor newspaper regarding belief in the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist. I found it to be very disturbing in light of the truth about the central ... Read More »

We Are All Important in God's Eyes

Posted by Fr Dennis Wieland

When hearing the parables of the lost sheep and the lost coin, one might be tempted to raise the question: why did the shepherd make such a big deal out of losing one sheep when he still had ninety-nine remaining? Or, why did the woman turn her house upside ... Read More »