Snow, Winona, Saints & Technology

Snow, Winona, Saints & Technology

Posted by Reverend Thomas Vander Woude,
We hope everyone made it safe and sound through our first snow of 2019! I was trying to return from the Midwest in the midst of the snowstorm –O joy! In the midst of spending a good many hours in airports large and small, I noticed an incredible ...

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4th Sunday of Advent 2018

4th Sunday of Advent 2018

Posted by Reverend Thomas Vander Woude,
Hear and let it penetrate into your heart, my dear little son: let nothing discourage you, nothing depress you.  Let nothing alter your heart or your countenance.  Also do not fear any illness or vexation, anxiety or pain.  Am I not here w ...

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Franciscan Spirituality

Franciscan Spirituality

Posted by Reverend Thomas Vander Woude,
All the clergy hope that everyone had a holy, peaceful and joyful Thanksgiving! As we work our way through some of the various types of meditation in the Church, the system I hope to follow is chronological.  Last week, we discussed Benedictine medit ...

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Gaudete Sunday

Gaudete Sunday

Posted by Reverend Thomas Vander Woude,
Today, the Third Sunday of Advent, is often titled, “Gaudete Sunday,” or “Rejoice Sunday.”  Why so?  Aren’t we still in Advent, a penitential season? Gaudete Sunday reminds us of Christmas at the end of this season of penance.  It is simi ...

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Dominican Spirituality 2018

Dominican Spirituality 2018

Posted by Reverend Thomas Vander Woude,
In the course of the reform of the Church and the blossoming of the Middle Ages in the 13th century, Our Lord used two men vowed to poverty, chastity and obedience: St. Francis and St. Dominic.  We discussed meditation in the manner of St. Francis last ...

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Purgatory

Purgatory

Posted by Reverend Thomas Vander Woude,
The month of November is dedicated to the ‘Poor Souls’.  Sometimes people see Purgatory as something negative, but it is far from it.  It is a place of God’s mercy and justice that is alluded to in the Scriptures.  November is the month when, in ...

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Mindfulness and Voting

Mindfulness and Voting

Posted by Reverend Thomas Vander Woude,
Two weeks ago I wrote on ‘Mindfulness, Mindup, etc’ a Buddhist meditation practice/prayer method.  It is an essential part to Buddhist meditation.  We will have on Holy Trinity’s webpage more important info on this practice which is non-Christian ...

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New Saints

New Saints

Posted by Reverend Thomas Vander Woude,
In the midst of times in society and the Church when hope can seem a bit difficult, it is good to be reminded of the joyful and hopeful example of saints.  Seven new saints were canonized by Pope Francis last Sunday.  Here are a few pieces of informati ...

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The Rosary

The Rosary

Posted by Reverend Thomas Vander Woude,
Saint John Paul II said his favorite prayer was the Rosary.  St. (Padre) Pio said the Rosary is the weapon!  October is dedicated as the month of Our Lady of the Rosary.  It is so named for the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary, October 7th.  It takes ...

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Faith Alone

Faith Alone

Posted by Reverend Thomas Vander Woude,
Thank you to those who took time to come out to hear our two speakers last weekend: -- Peter Howard on parenting -- Darrell Miller on living the Faith in the world – he converted to Catholicism while playing professional baseball in the Califor ...

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