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Judgment II: The way of life that leads to heaven

Editor’s Note: This column is part of a series on death and dying.God’s judgment after our death is an uncomfortable subject. It’s a topic that many in our society just avoid or deny in some way or another. The reality is overwhelmingly just passed over. With this backdrop, there are certain predominant cultural trends. We […]


Name that distraction

“Everyone needs a vice,” my friend told me some years ago. His was finding and restoring old Volkswagen Beetles. The truth to his statement is that the human condition invariably includes a bad habit or two. While there’s nothing inherently immoral about my friend’s hobby, the statement gives rise to the larger concern of one’s […]


St. Paul says we are saved in hope

Editor’s Note: This column is part of a series on dying. One summer, as a college student working at a department store, I was approached during my lunch break by a co-worker. He sat down next to me, and innocently asked me, “Have you been saved?” Before I realized what he was asking me, I […]


The dying process: In life and death, we are the Lord’s

Editor’s Note: This is the second column in a series on dying. A few years ago, a friend told me that he wasn’t afraid of death. I was pretty impressed until he told me that he was just afraid of dying. I had to laugh. Perhaps, though, he’s like most of us. The thought of […]


Five aspects of Christian death and dying: Our identity in Christ

Editor’s Note: This is the first column in a series on dying. Some years ago, when a beloved mentor of mine was terminally ill, I asked him what it was like to prepare for death. He told me it was lonely. I was surprised by his response because he was always surrounded by family, friends […]


Will you serve or swerve?

You’ve likely had an instant, sometime in your life, when you felt compelled to do something. You knew beyond a shadow of a doubt that it was the right thing to do, yet you hesitated. Maybe you made an excuse or allowed yourself to become distracted. In short, you found a way to duck and […]


Will you serve or swerve?

You’ve likely had an instant, sometime in your life, when you felt compelled to do something. You knew beyond a shadow of a doubt that it was the right thing to do, yet you hesitated. Maybe you made an excuse or allowed yourself to become distracted. In short, you found a way to duck and […]


Dissatisfaction or divine discontent

When work starts getting you down, especially in a way that it hasn’t before, you have a great opportunity to reflect and decide how to respond. It may be that no significant response is necessary, but taking the time to pray can put what you’re seeing and feeling in perspective and provide you with a […]



Positions available, immediate openings for faith-minded men

Let’s say that you want to serve God’s church as a Catholic priest. If that job were to be listed as a help wanted ad, the position description and accompanying detail might appear as follows: Position: Pastor or parochial vicar Key accountabilities: Shepherding hundreds or thousands of members to a close, personal relationship with God […]


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    Nov 17 Diocese of Charleston Native American Catholic Heritage Celebration
    From the Calendar of Native American Ministry
    Nov 18 Vietnamese Martyrs Celebration
    From the Calendar of Vietnamese Ministry
    Dec 1 Black Catholics Heritage Celebration
    From the Calendar of African American Ministry
    Dec 15 Simbang Gabi for Filipino Catholics
    From the Calendar of Filipino Ministry
    Dec 25 Diocesan Television Christmas Special Fox 21
    From the Calendar of Ethnic Ministries
    Jan 412:00 am Class 2019 Ordination Retreat
    From the Calendar of Diaconate
    Jan 812:00 am Retiro Espiritual de Emmaus
    From the Calendar of Pastoral Juvenil
    Jan 1210:00 am Junta de Equipo Diocesano de Emmaus
    From the Calendar of Pastoral Juvenil
    Feb 911:00 am Ordination of Permanent Deacons
    From the Calendar of Diaconate