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The gift of dependence on God

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“For when I am weak, then I am strong” —2 Cor 12:10

Not long ago, I came across an insight credited to Pope Benedict XVI about what it means to be human and to be a Christian. At the heart of it is “dependency.” As creatures, by nature we are dependent beings. This is expanded upon by Jesus, who taught that we must become like little children, in imitation of God’s Son, to enter the Kingdom of God (Mt 18:3). This, too, is characterized by dependence. Read more

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Re-program your life for virtue

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Comedian Flip Wilson appeared on stage and television from the 1960s through the 1990s. He popularized the line, “The devil made me do it.”

There are lots of jokes about the devil, but he is no laughing matter. C. S. Lewis wrote that there are two mistakes we can make about Satan. The first is to deny his existence, and the second is to give him too much credit. Jesus makes it clear that Satan really exists, and St. Paul says he deceives his victims by disguising himself as “an angel of light” (2 Cor 11:14). Read more

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Bishop’s Walk March 21: ‘Families Helping Families’

GOODFINDS IN JOPLIN—Bishop James V. Johnston spoke during the ribbon-cutting of GoodFinds Resale Shop in Joplin in October 2014. A ministry of Catholic Charities of Southern Missouri (CCSOMO), sales and donations from the resale store provide support for Catholic Charities programs in the Joplin area. GoodFinds is one of the many programs and services that will benefit from the annual Bishop's Walk on March 21 for Catholic Charities. (Photo by Mike Habermann)
GOODFINDS IN JOPLIN—Bishop James V. Johnston spoke during the ribbon-cutting of GoodFinds Resale Shop in Joplin in October 2014. A ministry of Catholic Charities of Southern Missouri (CCSOMO), sales and donations from the resale store provide support for Catholic Charities programs in the Joplin area. GoodFinds is one of the many programs and services that will benefit from the annual Bishop’s Walk on March 21 for Catholic Charities. (Photo by Mike Habermann)

The first annual Bishop’s Walk for Catholic Charities of Southern Missouri—’Families Helping Families’—will be held Sat., March 21, 2015. Catholics and other people of goodwill all over southern Missouri will walk on the same day at each parish to show and give support to our neighbors in need. Read more

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Youth Ministry Leader’s Conference held in Van Buren

LEADER’S CONFERENCE—Faith and the interior life of a youth minister were a few of the topics explored under an overall football theme by the 32 people involved in youth ministry throughout the diocese who attended the Jan. 30-Feb. 1 Youth Ministry Leader’s Conference at The Landing in Van Buren, MO. Pictured were (front row): LeAnn Wilson (​Sacred Heart, ​Webb City), Annette Peterson (St. Peter​ the Apostle​​, ​Joplin), Melissa and Orin DeLaRosa (​Sacred Heart, ​Webb City), Dino Avellanosa (​Our Lady of the Lake, ​Branson), Pat Hutcheson (​Our Lady of the Lake, ​Branson), Becky Cato (Sacred Heart, ​Poplar Bluff); (second row): Chris Peterson (St. Peter​ the Apostle, ​Joplin), Julie Salyer (Sacred Heart, Salem), Johnna Dixon (Sacred Heart, Webb City), Mary Theole (Our Lady of the Lake, Branson), Art Theole (Our Lady of the Lake, Branson), Bill Barnes (Our Lady of the Lake, Branson), Troy Casteel (Coordinator, diocesan Office of Youth Ministry); (third row): Katie Newton (diocesan Office of Youth Ministry), Mike Wilson (Sacred Heart, Webb City), Gail Timpe (St. Mary of the Annunciation Cathedral, Cape Girardeau), Rebecca Ohmes (St. Mary of the Annunciation Cathedral, Cape Girardeau), Nick Koeppel (Sacred Heart, Poplar Bluff), Crystal Pearce (Sacred Heart, Webb City), Kathi Vavra (Sacred Heart, Salem), Jennifer McCall (Holy Trinity, Marshfield), Julie Ware (Sacred Heart, Webb City); (back row): Ashton Gaskill (Immaculate Conception, Jackson), Natalie Wren (Holy Trinity, Aurora), Gail Herbert (Holy Trinity, Springfield), Rachael Ryder (Holy Trinity, Marshfield), Hallie Conrad (Immaculate Conception, Jackson), RuthAnn West (St. Susanne, Mount Vernon), Tori Long (Immaculate Conception, Jackson), and Jerry Nehl (Holy Trinity, Marshfield). Not pictured is Fr. Scott Sunnenberg (diocesan Youth Facilitator West). (The Mirror)
LEADER’S CONFERENCE—Faith and the interior life of a youth minister were a few of the topics explored under an overall football theme by the 32 people involved in youth ministry throughout the diocese who attended the Jan. 30-Feb. 1 Youth Ministry Leader’s Conference at The Landing in Van Buren, MO. Pictured were (front row): LeAnn Wilson (​Sacred Heart, ​Webb City), Annette Peterson (St. Peter​ the Apostle​​, ​Joplin), Melissa and Orin DeLaRosa (​Sacred Heart, ​Webb City), Dino Avellanosa (​Our Lady of the Lake, ​Branson), Pat Hutcheson (​Our Lady of the Lake, ​Branson), Becky Cato (Sacred Heart, ​Poplar Bluff); (second row): Chris Peterson (St. Peter​ the Apostle, ​Joplin), Julie Salyer (Sacred Heart, Salem), Johnna Dixon (Sacred Heart, Webb City), Mary Theole (Our Lady of the Lake, Branson), Art Theole (Our Lady of the Lake, Branson), Bill Barnes (Our Lady of the Lake, Branson), Troy Casteel (Coordinator, diocesan Office of Youth Ministry); (third row): Katie Newton (diocesan Office of Youth Ministry), Mike Wilson (Sacred Heart, Webb City), Gail Timpe (St. Mary of the Annunciation Cathedral, Cape Girardeau), Rebecca Ohmes (St. Mary of the Annunciation Cathedral, Cape Girardeau), Nick Koeppel (Sacred Heart, Poplar Bluff), Crystal Pearce (Sacred Heart, Webb City), Kathi Vavra (Sacred Heart, Salem), Jennifer McCall (Holy Trinity, Marshfield), Julie Ware (Sacred Heart, Webb City); (back row): Ashton Gaskill (Immaculate Conception, Jackson), Natalie Wren (Holy Trinity, Aurora), Gail Herbert (Holy Trinity, Springfield), Rachael Ryder (Holy Trinity, Marshfield), Hallie Conrad (Immaculate Conception, Jackson), RuthAnn West (St. Susanne, Mount Vernon), Tori Long (Immaculate Conception, Jackson), and Jerry Nehl (Holy Trinity, Marshfield). Not pictured is Fr. Scott Sunnenberg (diocesan Youth Facilitator West). (The Mirror)
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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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