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From the desk of Fr Stephen Feb 21, 2021

Posted by Patricia Garnett on 2/17/21

From the desk of Fr Stephen

These past couple of weeks, we have experienced the bitter cold of winter.  For almost two weeks, the temperature did not get above freezing, and we had snow coming down from the skies that reminded me of the 20 years I spent in ... Read More »

From the desk of Fr Stephen Feb 14, 2021

Posted by Patricia Garnett on 2/13/21

From the desk of Fr Stephen

Our readings talk to us today about the disease of leprosy.  In ancient times, leprosy was seen as the most debilitating and worst of diseases; it hurt the body, the mind, and the spirit of a person.  Leprosy is a rotting of the ... Read More »

From the desk of Fr Stephen Feb 7, 2021

Posted by Patricia Garnett on 2/04/21

From the desk of Fr Stephen

Recently, I have spoken about the passion of anger we see in the world.  As we know, many times, this anger comes from a situation that does not seem fair.  It does not make sense to us that this particular thing is happening, ... Read More »

From the desk of Fr Stephen Jan 31, 2021

Posted by Patricia Garnett on 1/27/21

From the desk of Fr Stephen

As a Redemptorist of 40 years, I have been stationed in nine different cities.  As you can imagine, when you move to a different location, there is a feeling-out process that happens.  It happens with me, but it also happens with the people ... Read More »

From the desk of Fr Stephen Jan 24, 2021

Posted by Patricia Garnett on 1/20/21

From the desk of Fr Stephen

This past year has been different from anything any of us has ever experienced before.  We have all had to adjust our lives to deal with the virus that has run rampant.  Thanks be to God that most of us have not been ... Read More »

From the desk of Fr Stephen Jan 17, 2021

Posted by Patricia Garnett on 1/13/21

From the desk of Fr Stephen

St. Clement Hoffbauer, a Redemptorist saint, once said, “It is better to bring the sinner to Jesus than Jesus to the sinner.”  That quote may take a little bit of reflection to understand what St. Clement is talking about frankly, but I think ... Read More »

From the desk of Fr Stephen Jan 10, 2021

Posted by Patricia Garnett on 1/07/21

From the desk of Fr Stephen

As you know, I started thinking about the priesthood when I was relatively young.  In those days, 50 years ago, there were seminaries for high school students. So, when I was going into high school, I left Maryland Heights and went 400 miles ... Read More »

From the desk of Fr Stephen Jan 3, 2021

Posted by Patricia Garnett on 12/28/20

From the desk of Fr Stephen

Today we celebrate the Feast of the Epiphany, the Wisemen seeking the Lord.  The tradition is that they traveled hundreds of miles, following the STAR in the sky.  Recently, we saw something in the sky that had not been seen in 800 years.  ... Read More »

From the desk of Fr Stephen Dec 13, 2020

Posted by Patricia Garnett on 12/10/20

From the desk of Fr Stephen

On this third Sunday of Advent, Gaudete Sunday, we are called to rejoice.  That is what the word Gaudete means “Rejoice.”  I guess because the Lord is near, we should rejoice.  It is good for us always to rejoice and it is important ... Read More »

From the desk of Fr Stephen Dec 6, 2020

Posted by Patricia Garnett on 12/02/20

From the desk of Fr Stephen

When I lived at our Redemptorist retreat house in Wisconsin, I lived in the country.  It was about 25 miles from Milwaukee, in the country far away from the city lights - the moon and the stars were bright in the sky at ... Read More »