Fr. Joe Weigman

Winter Time Can be Family Time

Written by Fr. Joe Weigman In December, newspaper headlines were declaring this Winter to be “The Winter That Wasn’t”, easy enough to say when temperatures in this part of the country hovered around 65 degrees. Now that temperatures are more seasonal, however, it’s clear that we’ll be spending more time inside, rather than outside. What Read more…

Advent: More than a countdown to Christmas

Advent means “coming” or “arrival.” The focus of the entire season is the celebration of the birth of Jesus the Christ in his First Advent, and the anticipation of the return of Christ the King in his Second Advent. Advent, therefore, is far more than simply marking a 2,000 year old event in history. It Read more…

Fasting and Abstinence this Lent

Lent is perhaps most closely associated with dietary restrictions  —  abstinence on Fridays, fasting and abstinence on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday.  Dietary restrictions are the Catholic Church’s way of helping us to fulfill the Lenten demand of repentance, of turning away from sin and back to God. The law of abstinence requires a Catholic, Read more…

This Thanksgiving, don’t be dumb

  From 1998 – 2004, I served as a spiritual director for the seminarians at Saint Meinrad Seminary in southern Indiana, one of the seminaries used by the Diocese of Toledo.  Saint Meinrad Seminary is operated by the monks of Saint Meinrad Archabbey.  While I was there, the archabbot (the “head monk”) was Fr. Lambert, Read more…

Facing Temptations this Lent

There are lots of things that divide members of the human race: our country of origin, our skin color, the way we worship God – just to a name a few.  But there are also things that unite members of the human race: the need for food and water, the need for security, a desire Read more…

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