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Sexist Language

Posted by Richard Moore on 4/24/20

For about 3 years Julie and I attended an ecumenical bible study at By The Rivers in St Paul. We really enjoyed the experience and were sad when the group stopped meeting. The study was open to people of all faith and we would study scripture on a particular ... Read More »

Tribal God

Posted by Richard Moore on 4/17/20

A couple of weeks ago I briefly mentioned the concept of a Tribal God. There are times when you hear or read about a concept and it really gets under your skin and festers (in a good way). For me, this has been the concept of a “Tribal God” ... Read More »

The Veil Was Torn in Half

Posted by Richard Moore on 4/10/20

Last Sunday our Palm Sunday reading from the Gospel of Matthew states:

“And behold, the veil of the sanctuary was torn in two from top to bottom.”

Every time I hear about the veil being torn in two I think back many years to when we were watching one ... Read More »

Thoughts From The Tenderloin

Posted by Richard Moore on 4/02/20

Last week I read a powerful reflection by our Godson Christopher Graske that has been in my prayers and thoughts over the last week and I thought I would share it with you. Christopher felt a strong call from God at an early age to spread the news of ... Read More »

Contemporary Christian Music

Posted by Richard Moore on 3/26/20

Many times in my homilies and presentations I have mentioned how much I enjoy listening to contemporary Christian music. This love is shared by Julie and we just attended the TobyMac Hits Deep Tour 2020 three weeks ago in the Target Center with 13000 other fans. We really enjoyed ... Read More »


Posted by Richard Moore on 3/19/20

My apologies for not posting a blog post last week. For Julie and myself last week was a perfect storm of too much happening. We had Julie’s sister and her husband in town to seek a medical diagnosis for a continuing health problem that doctors in their hometown of ... Read More »

Our Father

Posted by Richard Moore on 3/03/20

In today’s reading, Jesus teaches us to pray by praying the Our Father. For us Catholics, this is a very familiar prayer that rolls off our tongue easily. Sometimes it can be very automatic and robot-like. During my prayer and reflection this morning on the daily scriptures, I ran ... Read More »

Spiritual Reading Picks for Lent

Posted by Richard Moore on 2/22/20

I find the dark and cold days of winter to be a good time to catch up on my reading and deepen my faith by reading selected spiritual books. This can be a wonderful way to dive deeper into learning about scripture, Jesus and faith. With Lent starting next ... Read More »

Standing in Line is Rosary Time

Posted by Richard Moore on 2/13/20

As I entered the Oakdale post office this week to pick up our held mail I encountered a much longer line than I expected for a weekday afternoon. With only two clerks working it looked like it would be a while. After my initial frustration, I remembered to continue ... Read More »

Jesus in Blue Jeans

Posted by Richard Moore on 1/22/20

For the last month, I have been working my way through a wonderful reflection book, Jesus in Blue Jeans: A Practical Guide to Everyday Spirituality by Laurie Beth Jones. This book had caught my eye many years ago at a discount bookseller and then spent the next 20 years ... Read More »


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