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Time for tough loveFather Eugene Hemrick

''Get that idea out of your head!" While growing up, my mother was forever shouting out commands like this to keep me on the right track. When I complained, she would reply, "That's tough love. Some ...

A tranquilizing crisis Father Eugene Hemrick

The children's Christmas Mass was packed. In past years, it exuded busyness: children putting on a pageant, proud parents and grandparents watching and music abounding. Not so this year! What changed ...

A new year of hopeFather Eugene Hemrick

Some have suggested with the closing of the Year of Mercy, 2017 should be a Year of Hope. Weary, disillusioned and depressed describe best the feelings of many people I know. The cause is not only our ...

Promote peace this Advent Father Eugene Hemrick

Why is Advent needed more than ever this year? The answer is found in the Second Vatican Council's Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the Modern World. "Men," it states "should take heed not to ...

Lessons learned from presidential electionsFather Eugene Hemrick

"I feel worse than I felt when Kennedy was assassinated." The depressed look in my friend's eyes the morning after the presidential election was terrifying. Equally terrifying was the venom that poured ...

A time to be thankful for 'mustard seed blessings' Father Eugene Hemrick

No better image exists to describe the Church's growth than a tiny mustard seed becoming a gigantic plant. In travels to Latin America and Europe, I often wondered about those who planted the seeds ...

Dealing wisely with turbulent timesFather Eugene Hemrick

''If only I had wings like a dove that I might fly away and find rest. Far away I would flee; I would stay in the desert. I would soon find a shelter from the raging wind and storm." (Ps 55:7-9) Sadly, ...

Conquering our fears Father Eugene Hemrick

Suicide in the United States has surged to the highest levels in nearly 30 years, according to the National Center for Health Statistics. The center said the overall suicide rate rose 24 percent from ...