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Mysteries Inside of Mysteries

Posted by Father James Reutter

December 24, 2017

In later years, after raising all of us kids and after my dad’s death, my mother finally got to engage in the travel she loved so much.  The highlight of all her travels was a trip to Russia, not too long after the Soviet Union fell.  ... Read More »

The Saints of Advent - The Pope Who Gave Us the Bible

Posted by Father James Reutter

December 17, 2017

This year, the Advent season is very short. So before it’s too late I wanted to write about one of the great – and often overlooked – Advent saints of the Church. His name was Pope Damasus and he reigned in the 300s. He is not ... Read More »

Let them eat cake?

Posted by Father James Reutter

December 10, 2017

Let them eat cake? I have written a few times in the past about a Supreme Court case that is very important for Christians. Its title is Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission. Initial arguments for the case are being heard by the high court ... Read More »

Lo! He Comes!

Posted by Father James Reutter

December 3, 2017

We begin the season of Advent today. It is as short as it can possibly be this year, because of the way Christmas falls: just 22 days long. That means that we have a limited time to do what Jesus Christ wants us to do this ... Read More »

The Four Last Things - Part 4 - Hell

Posted by Father James Reutter

November 26, 2017

As I conclude my series on the last things – the most important things to ponder because they deal with our eternal life – I come to the most difficult one to write about and contemplate: hell. It is difficult to write on for several reasons:  ... Read More »

The Four Last Things - Part 3 - Purgatory

Posted by Father James Reutter

November 19, 2017

One of the most famous Christian works of art of all time is the scene in the Vatican’s Sistine Chapel painted by the great artist Michelangelo (early 16th Century Italian painter and sculptor). That famous chapel is where the cardinals elect the Pope. Five million tourists ... Read More »

The Four Last Things - Part 2 - Heaven

Posted by Father James Reutter

November 12, 2017

I am continuing my four-part series on the “Four Last Things,” the big questions about what happen when we die and after. (See www.olvdelhi.org/lastthings for more). We were taught from little that “I go to Heaven when I die.” But what does that mean and how ... Read More »

The Four Last Things - Part 1

Posted by Father James Reutter

November 5, 2017

One of the most beautiful things about our Catholic faith is that it gives us the answers to the most important questions of life. Not questions of passing significance – like who will win the World Series or the Bengals game, or what NFL player will ... Read More »

Taking it to the Streets!

Posted by Father James Reutter

October 29, 2017

Last week, I wrote about the Holy Name Society’s recent Eucharistic procession through the streets of downtown Cincinnati and Over-the-Rhine. Reviving a decades-old tradition of Catholic men gathering to honor the name of Jesus Christ, some 300+ men gathered literally to walk with the Lord, as ... Read More »

The Holy Name Procession

Posted by Father James Reutter

October 22, 2017

As I looked back through the annals of our parish history during our anniversary celebration, I was struck by the fact that the men of the parish banded together in1845, practically from the beginning, to form the St. Stephen’s Men’s Society. That folded into the Holy ... Read More »