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Gazing With Love

Posted by Richard Moore on 3/03/21

Fr. John’s homily from the first Sunday of Lent has provided me with a beautiful mantra for this Lenten season. The comments by Bishop DeGrood on prayer that profoundly struck Fr. John also really hit home with me. “Looking at the Lord in prayer and letting the Lord look ... Read More »


Posted by Richard Moore on 2/18/21

For the past week, I have been thinking about what to write for the beginning of Lent and nothing has really come to mind. Over the last few days, there have been a couple of things I have read concerning Lent that have stuck in my mind so I ... Read More »

What is Heaven Like?

Posted by Richard Moore on 2/03/21

I read a reflection today that was centered around children’s questions about what heaven was like and was there a purgatory. It made me stop and think for a while about what I believe heaven will be like and how we get there.

For believers, the existence of heaven ... Read More »

Winter Spiritual Reading Picks

Posted by Richard Moore on 1/28/21

With Christmas a distant memory, the weather in Minnesota feeling like winter, and Lent only three weeks away it is a good time to do some spiritual reading. Like last year, I thought I would recommend a few books for your consideration that I found to be sources of ... Read More »

Women Lectors are Official!

Posted by Richard Moore on 1/12/21

Pope Francis in a new Apostolic letter “Spiritus Domini” published January 11, 2021, issued motu proprio (on his own initiative) changes to the Code of Canon Law to explicitly allow women to be installed in the Catholic Church as lectors and acolytes. If you are like me, you may ... Read More »

2020 in The Rearview Mirror

Posted by Richard Moore on 1/03/21

2020 in The Rearview Mirror

Not to beat a dead horse, but 2020 has been an interesting year, to say the least. Looking back, the year has been full of challenges and adaptation on a parish, spiritual, and personal level for me and others.

Here at the parish, March ... Read More »

On How to be a Manger

Posted by Richard Moore on 12/21/20

Many years ago, I was at a spiritual direction session during Advent and my spiritual director gave me a card by Barbara Germiat about being a manger in our spiritual lives. In very few words it speaks great truth.

As we celebrate Christmas in a few days this ... Read More »

Finding Joy

Posted by Richard Moore on 12/16/20

Today’s, Tuesday of the Third Week of Advent, daily Psalm was from the 34 Psalm. I will bless the LORD at all times; his praise shall be ever in my mouth. Let my soul glory in the LORD; the lowly will hear me and be glad. Look to him ... Read More »

Advent my Second Favorite Liturgical Season

Posted by Richard Moore on 12/02/20

A few years ago while talking to the 8th-grade class at St Pascal Baylon Regional Catholic School about Holy Orders and the Diaconate I was asked by one of the students “what was my favorite liturgical season”. As you can guess this question blew me away with its depth. ... Read More »


Posted by Richard Moore on 11/17/20

Last week on Monday (November 8) when I entered the church early in the morning to video a prayer service I was met with the candles from our remembrance Sunday celebration. This celebration we do at St Pascal’s every November is a very special time. We have a lit ... Read More »


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