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A Presbyterian pastor tells of a 10-year-old boy named Cameron who walked into her office and said he needed to talk to her. He began, “We were learning about Jesus’ baptism in Sunday School. The teacher asked the class who was baptized, and all the other kids raised their hands. I want to b…

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A Presbyterian pastor tells of a 10-year-old boy named Cameron who walked into her office and said he needed to talk to her. He began, “We were learning about Jesus’ baptism in Sunday School. The teacher asked the class who was baptized, and all the other kids raised their hands. I want to b…

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“Do you know who that is?” “Who are they with?” “What are they here for?” We may sometimes be in a group, a stranger enters, and you can hear the twittering among people asking these and similar questions.

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As we enter the new year, the sisters at the Mount wish you and your loved ones all the best in 2021. We hope this will be a year that will see many kinds of healing: in physical health and safety, social and economic healing, healing of our minds and souls after we have all been through so …

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First of all, on behalf of the Benedictine Sisters of Mount St. Scholastica, I would like to wish all of our readers a most blessed Christmas. I have been thinking about what it took for Mary to agree to bring Jesus into the world.

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As I reflected on the Advent gospel readings about St. John the Baptist, I was struck by the interchange with the people who came to question him in the gospel of John (1:19-28). My first thought was that the way John was approached by this delegation of priests and Levites from the temple i…

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Too often, government is an impediment to economic growth and job creation, through burdensome regulation and unnecessary red tape. I do not believe that is how government should work and I am proud of the steps we are taking at the Insurance Department to help partner with the private secto…

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When I read the passage in the gospel of Mark (Mark 1:1-8) about John the Baptist, I think of the song from Godspell, “Prepare Ye the Way of the Lord” with all of those different voices singing the phrase over and over, growing in anticipation. How do I prepare the way of the Lord during a p…

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This fall the new leadership of the Southwest Franciscans of Our Lady of Guadalupe Province was elected. Although the friars have historically voted on their leadership during their triennial Province Chapter, because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Franciscan friars could not meet in person f…

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In the gospel of St. Matthew, 25:31-46, Jesus describes the Last Judgment as “separating the sheep from the goats.” Just as a shepherd separates his sheep from his goats and places them on opposite sides, Jesus warns, so will God sort out all people. He will say to the one group, “Come, you …