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By Fr. Kyle Schnippel on 11/29/2015 12:00 AM


At times, it can be deafening. At times, it can be comforting. At times, it can be fearful.

Yet, it is necessary. At Mass, there are periods of silence to allow us all to reflect on the Readings we have just heard or the Eucharist we have just received.

At sporting events, there can be moments of silence to remember and pray after the loss of some icon of the game or after a tragedy of some sort. (See the recent atrocities in Paris, for example.)

Married couples tell me that sometimes sitting in silence next to one another can often be the greatest act of love between them, ultimate comfort with the other.

Sometimes, sitting in silence with a loved one who is in his or her last days is the only thing that can be done.

By Fr. Kyle Schnippel on 11/22/2015 12:03 AM
As we gather this weekend on the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus, King of the Universe, it seems appropriate that we are also celebrating the installation of a pastor; for the role and responsibilities of a pastor flow from Jesus’s rule as king. (Jesus fulfills a three-fold office of Priest, Prophet, King.) As a priest, He sanctifies; as a prophet, He teaches; as a King, He governs. At your baptism, you were baptized into these same offices, as appropriate to your state in life. As a priest, these same obligations increase and are ordered to the good of the Christian Community. I would like to focus on the role of Priest as Pastor for a few lines today.
By Fr. Kyle Schnippel on 11/15/2015 12:10 AM

November is a time to focus on the Last Things of the Church’s theological and liturgical life: Heaven, Hell, Death and Judgment. Certainly not the most uplifting topics to discuss at a dinner party, but vitally important topics, nonetheless!

This month is a gentle reminder that this world is not all that there is, but our true destiny awaits us in heaven, for Christ has gone to prepare a place for us there. So our big challenge is to figure out how to get a reservation to His palace! Sadly, it is more than just being a ‘nice guy,’ for Jesus encounters plenty of ‘nice folks’ throughout his public ministry, but never assures them of being with Him in eternity. Rather, the repentant thief on the Cross is guaranteed of such a reservation

By Fr. Kyle Schnippel on 11/8/2015 12:00 AM
I will admit: it is very good to be home! My time away was a very restful and relaxing time, but it is good to be plugging back in to the work and ministry of the parishes. I look forward to sharing some of the fruit of my time away with you all over the next few months (and years); but it will still take me some time to fully unpack all the events and thoughts.
By Fr. Kyle Schnippel on 11/1/2015 8:41 AM
Each year, on November 1st and November 2nd, as daylight gets shorter and the nights get longer in our corner of the world and the evening frost turns the vegetation brown, the Church leads us to encounter the mystery of death. These two days, The Solemnity of All Saints and The Commemoration of the Faithful Departed (All Souls), remind us that love is stronger than death and that Christ’s death for us means that our deceased loved ones who have fallen asleep in Christ are very much alive and see the glory of God.  Being in the presence of God, they can help us through their prayers for us.

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