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The Gateway to Heaven
by Monsignor Chiodo
December 14, 2018
Her name is Rosemarie Claussen. Born in Hamburg, Germany in 1936,
she has the unenviable distinction of being the goddaughter of Adolf
Hitler...........Read More

Words and Actions Have an Effect
by Fr. Dan Gehler
October 11, 2018
A familiar story of God’s call to Samuel in the night, ends on a striking note. We are told that, as Samuel grew up, God remained with him, not permitting any word of his to be without effect. Equally striking is the Gospel, in which Jesus spends ..........Read More

God's Mercy is for All of Us
by Monsignor Chiodo |  July 21, 2018
There are so many messages buzzing around us --- some good and some bad. From the cradle, our ears have picked up messages --- some positive and some negative.  Read More........

This blog taken from Monsignor's Book “One Dose Daily” which can be purchased here
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Christ Respects Our Freedom
by Fr. Dan Gehler |  July 5, 2018
Have you ever been to an event where there are thousands, maybe even tens of thousands of people
and they are all hanging on the words, actions, or music of the people up on stage? That is what it
was like for Christ, his words have power........Read More

Quenching Our True Thirst
by Fr. Dan Gehler |  June 15, 2018
It is a good to recall our own encounters with the Lord.  Ultimately, we are thirsting for God and his love, it is a time to return to the well in order to satisfy that thirst, accepting no substitutes.... Read More

Belief and Behavior
Monsignor Chiodo |  June 6, 2018
In the Vatican’s Sistine Chapel, behind the altar you can view Michelangelo’s breathtaking depiction of the Last Judgment. It has been recently restored, so the colors and the subtleties of the painting stand out more clearly. At the center of the painting is the risen Savior, huge in proportion to the other figures, and surrounded by light. ........Read More

Persons of Disinterest
by Fr. Dan Gehler |  May 29, 2018
The Lord tells Israel that if they truly want safety and security, they must seek justice, humility, and his law: The unjust are destined for destruction by their own iniquity. Justice is about giving each person their due, and making amends when we haven’t. It’s about always seeking to do the right thing without a lot of questions or hand-wringing, even when doing the right thing is hard......Read More

Trust in God
by Monsignor Chiodo |  May 28, 2018
At the altar of our Lord, at Mass, we get Jesus when we receive Jesus. We lean toward God, and He leans right back. Everyone needs to relearn the simple lesson that many of our young people know; they need Jesus. At the Mass they get Jesus no matter how bad life gets. Jesus is always here for us. We can trust Him.........Read More

Every Christian's Battle Plan
by Fr. Dan Gehler |  May 18, 2018
The moment is solemn. Jesus is at table with his intimate collaborators, his handpicked Twelve Apostles. He knows that this is the last time they will be gathered in this way until they meet again in eternity. Nothing is carelessly said. Everyone on their deathbed has their final words, their legacy: these are the Lord's final words..........Read More

How Far?
by Monsignor Chiodo |  May 9, 2018
I remember teaching a high school religion class - the topic was Christian moral living. The question which was inevitably asked by every class was this, “How far can I go before it is a serious sin?”  “How far can I go?” The question smacks of a moral immaturity and yet aren’t we all guilty of this kind of moral mentality? We live the Christian life.............Read More

Stop Running
by Monsignor Chiodo |  April 24, 2018
A great evangelist tells the story of a young man who upon graduating from college asked his father to get him a new car. The day of graduation arrived, and the father, a fervent Christian, handed him a brightly wrapped package. As the young man opened it he imagined it was a small model of his new car only to find to his shock, it was a bible. ... Read More

The Time the Devil Visited but the Blessed Sacrament was the Victor
by Monsignor Chiodo |  April 17, 2018
It was a time I will never forget.  The year was 1928, and while I was not born until many years later, on a yearly basis I was reminded of that horrific occurrence when the nuns at St. Anthony Grade School would read us a story in the book Begone Satan!

It occurred in Earling, Iowa, at St. Joseph Parish.......Read More


...They saw in the final analysis that only two things mattered, the service they rendered others and love. All those things we think are important, like fame, money, prestige and power are insignificant!...READ MORE

by Monsignor Chiodo
March 18, 2018
One of the most critical turning points of the American Civil War was the Battle of Gettysburg.  Shortly before this battle, President Lincoln explained to one of his generals, General Sickles, that the burden of responsibility that rested on his shoulders was bone-crushing and that he had turned to God in prayer..........Read More