Prayer
Fr. Edward Lee Looney

Seeking a Relationship with God

When I meet with the Confirmation students in my parish one on one, I always ask them to describe their relationship with God. Some answer

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Life
Fr. Edward Lee Looney

Receiving Christmas Cards with Prayer

The United States Postal Service this Christmas gives thanks for Christmas cards, as we all transmit our Christmas greetings through their service. Their volumes surely

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Life
Fr. Edward Lee Looney

Getting to Know Jesus

In my work with our parish’s Confirmation students, I try to convey that Jesus Christ is more than a nice guy whose life is recorded

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Mary
Fr. Edward Lee Looney

Learning from the Moms

I’m a new priest and I have a lot to learn. Of course, working in a parish affords me many opportunities to work with different

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Religion
Fr. Edward Lee Looney

5 Ways to Imitate Christ

In St. Paul’s Letter to the Ephesians, he exhorts his readers to be imitators of God. I venture to say that St. Paul exhorts us

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Art
Fr. Edward Lee Looney

Lessons from the Art Museum

It wasn’t until November 2012 that I visited my first art museum. Once before, as a college senior and tourist to Chicago, I attempted to

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Mary
Fr. Edward Lee Looney

Mary, Help Us! A Litany

“Mary, Help Us!” This has been the continuous cry of Christians who visit Marian shrines throughout the world. Typically a pilgrim goes to a Marian

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Spirituality
Fr. Edward Lee Looney

A Clean Heart

A clean heart create for me, O God, and a steadfast spirit renew within me. Psalm 51 The heart is one of the most essential

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Columnists
Fr. Edward Lee Looney

A Marian Heart

The other day my spiritual director challenged me to better emulate the heart of Mary in word and deed. As a person who claims to

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Mary
Fr. Edward Lee Looney

Watch and Pray- Preparing for Christmas

The Taize Community of France, known for their rhythmic hymns, which encourage contemplation on lines from scripture, has a beautiful chant paraphrasing from Jesus’ prayer

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Religion
Fr. Edward Lee Looney

God’s Temples are Under Construction

“Under Construction”—those were the words that greeted me as I arrived at my diaconal assignment this past summer. On account of the church’s renovation, Masses

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Spirituality
Fr. Edward Lee Looney

The Spirit of St. Charles Borromeo

In the opening collect for the Memorial of St. Charles Borromeo, the Church prayed, “Preserve in the midst of your people, we ask, O Lord,

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Mary
Fr. Edward Lee Looney

Characters of Cana

With the month of October underway, the Catholic world has commenced the Month of the Rosary. During this month, Catholics are encouraged to pray the

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Spirituality
Fr. Edward Lee Looney

The Votive Candles

An elderly woman stands at the votive candle area and lights eight large candles. She says a prayer and then finds her place in the

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