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Strong as death: Ashes and the hearts we bring to GodBishop Robert Reed

Every so often, the calendar puts ashes not only on our forehead, but also on our hearts. This year, as you might've noticed, Ash Wednesday is also Valentine's Day and, yes, the day of fasting and ...

Through a glass darkly: With God there is always more Bishop Robert Reed

''Jesus stepped forward and touched the coffin; at this the bearers halted, and he said, "Young man, I tell you, arise!" The dead man sat up and began to speak, and Jesus gave him to his mother. ...

'Exaltation': The central event of history, behold its terrible beautyBishop Robert Reed

The crucifix is so central to who we are as Catholics that we keep it often before our eyes; we hang it on our walls and wear it around our necks and even place it on our desks and dashboards, because ...

Freedom: I'm still learning how to be careful with it Bishop Robert Reed

Reminiscent of advice once given to Peter Parker (aka Spider-man): with freedom comes great responsibility. One winter when I was in the fourth grade, my mother allowed me to join my friends, snow sleds ...

'Viaticum': Food for the journeyBishop Robert Reed

It took my teacher Sister Lydia probably 90 seconds to tell us the story of St. Tarcisius. It was a moment in time, but I have never forgotten that story because I was very impressed. During the third ...

Sabbath: A blessing we should think about accepting Bishop Robert Reed

Let's talk about the Sabbath. It's "shabbat" in Hebrew. To my Jewish friends heading into Friday evenings, I am always happy to wish them "shabbat shalom," which vaguely means "enjoy a peaceful ...

The ever-fresh confession: 'My Lord and my God!'Bishop Robert Reed

We've all seen cartoons or sitcoms where the father of a family at church has dozed off during a sermon and, upon being nudged awake, sits up, asking "whuh?" and tries to reorient himself. If the ...

'Annunciation': Salvation and the words of the air Bishop Robert Reed

Perhaps you're like me -- I just love Christmas and though the liturgical calendar moves on as it must, I'm always sad to see it go. Like the reformed Ebenezer Scrooge, I try to hang on to it ...