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Apostolic Teachings

The Church Is Dying; What Do We Do Next?

M. Rev. Ed Jansen and Rev. Dr. Trish Gaffney Recently, after watching a movie about the life of Francis of Assisi and the growth of the Franciscan Order, we began to consider the questions, “What does it mean to be a … Continue reading

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Master

  Solo Scriptura (Scripture Alone) M. Rev. Ed Jansen and Rev. Dr. Trish Gaffney   _________________ M.Rev. Ed Jansen is the Bishop of the Diocese of St. Benedict and Rev. Dr. Trish Gaffney is its Vicar General __________________________________________________________ Diocese of … Continue reading

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Stabat Mater (Sorrowful Mother)

Stabat Mater At the cross her station keeping, Stood the mournful Mother weeping, Close to Jesus to the last. Through her heart, his sorrow sharing, All his bitter anguish bearing, Now at length the sword had passed. Oh, how sad … Continue reading

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Church Responsibility and Authority

“Whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven;  and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.” (Matthew 16:19) . There once lived a queen in a kingdom where she ruled with love and compassion. Her … Continue reading

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Faith Alone?

What If It’s Not Faith Alone? Luke 23-39-43 M. Rev. Ed Jansen, OCM in collaboration with Rev. Dr. Trish Gaffney, OCM     One of the criminals who hung there hurled insults at him (Jesus on the Cross): “Aren’t you … Continue reading

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My Judgment Day

I Was Given A Vision M. Rev. Ed Jansen Matthew 13:24-30 The Parable of Weeds among the Wheat . Another parable he put before them, saying, “The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a man who sowed good seed … Continue reading

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The Pauline Letters and Women

. The Pauline Letters and Women By M. Rev. Ed Jansen, OCM in Collaboration with Rev. Dr. Trish Gaffney, OCM . . There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you … Continue reading

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“You Don’t Work, You Don’t Eat”

“If you don’t work, you don’t eat.” (2 Thessalonians 3:10b) by the M. Rev. Ed Jansen, OCM in collaboration with the Rev. Dr. Trish Gaffney . This was our morning reflection during Morning Prayer today at Emmaus Center.  We looked … Continue reading

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Cognitive Dissonance in the Christian Faith

by M.Rev. Ed Jansen  in collaboration with Rev. Dr. Trish Gaffney, Trish and I were having a conversation many years ago about homosexuality.  I was sharing with her what I believed to be the biblical position on the topic.  I … Continue reading

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The Parable of the Mathematician

“I’m Right, Damn it!” by The M, Rev. Ed Jansen, OCM   There once lived a mathematician in a far off land. He was a wonderful mathematician who would teach people mathematics wherever he went. He knew two things about … Continue reading

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