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May is packed with joy, meaning and mystical wonderBishop Robert Reed

As a child, May was always an exciting month for me -- partly because the school year was almost over, but also because of the special Marian devotions and activities that took place. We students created ...

Listen, for heaven's sake! Bishop Robert Reed

Each year in Lent we read an account of the Transfiguration of the Lord, a story found in all three of the synoptic Gospels. Each Gospel telling shares the common experience of the three disciples, Peter, ...

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 ...