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Should we really follow our dreams?

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“And he said to them, ‘Follow me. …’” —Mt 4:19


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This time of year is commencement season, and many of our young people are graduating from various academic institutions. It is common to hear commencement speakers urge new graduates to “follow your dreams.” On the face of it, this admonishment sounds like a good thing. We want our young people to aim high and proceed into the future with confidence. Dreams, after all, represent goals, and people need goals. In this sense, following one’s dreams can have some merit. But, for a Christian, this concept may also prove problematic. Read more

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Faith, facts, and fun

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Last month I preached a mission in Rome, Georgia, titled, “Faith, Facts and Fun.” One purpose of the mission was to show how the truths of faith have been supported by the facts of science, and how learning the facts can make life more fun!

For many years I have pointed out that the vastness of our universe and its incredible organization are signs of the Creator. There are more than 300 billion stars in our Milky Way galaxy. There are about 100 billion galaxies in the universe, each on the average with 100 billion stars. Psalm 19 says that the heavens declare the glory of God. They certainly do, and many scientists have listened, becoming believers as they’ve learned these facts. Read more

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Somersaults and house churches

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“… Breaking bread in their homes, they partook of food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved.” -—Acts 2:46-47

Last week, two experiences left a lasting impression on me. The first occurred while visiting classrooms at Sacred Heart Catholic School in Poplar Bluff. After spending several minutes with some small children, I got up to give them a blessing before I left. Realizing their unusual guest was about to leave, a little boy stood up and said to me, “Watch this.” He proceeded to do a somersault for me and everyone else present. I am not sure if it was what he intended, but it made me very happy: a little boy, uninhibited and unselfconscious, doing a somersault across the classroom floor for his bishop! Read more

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Bishop Johnston’s prayer intentions for May 2015

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For those suffering from the recent earthquake in Nepal and neighboring countries; that needed relief will be quickly forthcoming for survivors, and for those who have died.

For migrants and refugees who​ ​seek a better life for themselves and their families; especially those who are exploited and in danger.

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Kindergarteners learn the alphabet

LETTER PEOPLE—​The kindergarten class in Guardian Angel School, Oran, have spent most of the academic year learning the alphabet letters and sounds through the Letter People phonics and reading program.  To celebrate the completion and mastery of the alphabet, the students came to school on April 20 dressed as their given letter in costumes designed​ ​with the help of parents.  The event kicked off a week​-​long celebration of Letter People and a host of activities.  The Letter People are Blaine Jolley (Mr Q), Dane Loper (Miss A), Porter Gadberry (Miss S), Weston Woods (Miss W), Westyn Keller (Mr. Z), Ellie Montgomery (Miss F), Eva LeGrand (Mr. M), and Jonah Dirnberger (Mr. B).​ (Submitted photo)​
LETTER PEOPLE—​The kindergarten class in Guardian Angel School, Oran, have spent most of the academic year learning the alphabet letters and sounds through the Letter People phonics and reading program. To celebrate the completion and mastery of the alphabet, the students came to school on April 20 dressed as their given letter in costumes designed​ ​with the help of parents. The event kicked off a week​-​long celebration of Letter People and a host of activities. The Letter People are Blaine Jolley (Mr Q), Dane Loper (Miss A), Porter Gadberry (Miss S), Weston Woods (Miss W), Westyn Keller (Mr. Z), Ellie Montgomery (Miss F), Eva LeGrand (Mr. M), and Jonah Dirnberger (Mr. B).​ (Submitted photo)​
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The nine regions of the diocese cover more than 25,000 square miles which includes 39 counties in southern Missouri. Within the regions, 66 parishes, 18 missions, and four chapels serve the 66,000 Catholics who comprise the Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau. The diocese has two cathedrals: St. Mary of the Annunciation Cathedral, Cape Girardeau, MO, and Cathedral of St. Agnes in Springfield, MO.

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