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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 »

Great Advice on How & Why We Should Pray the Rosary

Posted by Father James Reutter

October 15, 2017

Our parish is founded on a feast that highlights the power of praying the Rosary: All the way back to 1571, when Pope St. Pius V ordered the Church to pray the Rosary so that Our Lady could intercede against the Muslim forces that wanted to ... Read More »

Reflections from a Pastor on 175 Years

Posted by Father James Reutter

October 8, 2017

As we bring our 175th anniversary parish celebration to a close, I wanted to offer a few reflections from my perspective as the 28th pastor of the parish. First, that number alone is astonishing. From the time the parish was founded in the horse and buggy ... Read More »

Pro-Life Answers to Pro-Abortion Arguments

Posted by Father James Reutter

October 1, 2017

On this Respect Life weekend, it is a good time to renew our understanding of how we help people to find the truth about the dignity of human life and the need to protect it. One of the most important arrows in our quiver to fight ... Read More »

The Flight from Christ

Posted by Father James Reutter

September 24, 2017

One of the major obstacles that keeps people from coming to the faith for the first time, or returning to the faith once they’ve drifted away, is the mistaken notion that the Church is only for those who are already devout, prayerful, clean-living and “respectable” folk. ... Read More »