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Dedication of St. John Lateran Basilica Print E-mail
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Thursday, Nov. 23, 2017 -- 12:00 AM

Word on Fire
Fr. Steve Grunow

This month, the Church remembers the dedication of the great basilica church of St. John Lateran in Rome. The Lateran Basilica is the cathedral church of the Holy Father as he is bishop of Rome. The magnificent building stands on land that was given to the bishops of Rome by the Emperor Constantine.

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Knowing your faith: What does it mean to be a ‘practicing Catholic’? Print E-mail
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Written by John Joy, For the Catholic Herald   
Thursday, Nov. 23, 2017 -- 12:00 AM

You might run into the term “practicing Catholic” in various contexts: if you teach in a Catholic school, for example, or if you serve as a catechist in your parish, or as a Confirmation sponsor or a godparent, you are supposed to be a “practicing Catholic”. But what does that mean exactly?

According to the Wisconsin Catholic Conference’s Standards for Educators in Catholic Schools and Parishes, it means: “a Catholic in good standing who participates fully in the worship and life of the Church, and who understands and accepts the teachings of the Church and moral demands of the Gospel, as articulated in the Catechism of the Catholic Church.”

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Thank God for blessings seen and not yet seen Print E-mail
Seeing with Jesus' Eyes
Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017 -- 12:00 AM

Thanksgiving's roots go back to the Pilgrims. After a long hard year during which more than half died from scurvy or exposure to the elements, survivors held a feast of thanksgiving during which they shared their blessings with Indian friends.

The Pilgrims thanked God that enough of them survived to start a new life for themselves and their descendants. As the colonies grew more prosperous, however, people tended to forget about Thanksgiving. Consequently, Thanksgiving was celebrated sporadically, if at all.

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