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Happy Easter – Jesus is on line one

April 23, 2011 0 Comments

Do you have a cell phone?  Does your cell phone tell you who it is that is trying to call you?  Do you usually check that caller ID and decide, based on who it is, whether to answer the phone or not? “Answer”, “Ignore” or “Send to voicemail”? I do! In all honesty, when someone […]

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Name it and claim it!

March 2, 2011 2 Comments

“Name it and claim it” is a common refrain in historically African American churches. It refers to any one the many blessings God has in store for us every day.  It also refers to the type of attitude a faithful one must have in order to receive a blessing from the Lord.  The Holy Scripture […]

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Prayer – "Hand to Hand" Combat

February 28, 2011 3 Comments

Peace be with you! After a prayer service for peace in the troubled neighborhood in which I teach, I was asked, if it were legal, would I carry a weapon for protection. I pulled out a rosary and said, “I already do!” Armed and dangerous Ok, I was being a little factitious. But, I really […]

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Catholicism – the original "megachurch"

January 25, 2011 0 Comments
Catholicism – the original "megachurch"

The Original Megachurch Imagine 25,000 young Catholics cheering for their bishops, priests, religious and deacons! Imagine a standing ovation at the mere mention of the Holy Father. Then imagine a moment in the Mass when those same 25,000 young people come together in a perfect silence while praying for the safety of the unborn. That […]

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Why I will go to the March for Life

January 21, 2011 0 Comments

As a follow up to Msgr. Pope’s post “I have a dream about the Pro-Life March” I would like to offer my reason for going to downtown Washington on Monday. In the Archdiocese of Washington virtually every deacon ordained in the past ten years or so spends one summer of their formation working in a […]

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Every Saint was a sinner and every sinner could be a Saint.

January 1, 2011 10 Comments

That could never be me! While getting ready for Mass one Sunday, one of my fellow parishioners commented that he felt so far from the Kingdom of God sometimes. Specifically, he said that when listening to the stories of the saints, his only thought is, “That could never be me!” 

His comment was not simply […]

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A Ghost of Christmas-Present

December 18, 2010 2 Comments

Bah Humbug! For years, I have been a Scrooge! Let me distinguish that from a “Grinch.” The latter wishes to steel Christmas. I don’t wish diminish the joy of people who seem to love the season. For years, I just haven’t happened to be one of those people. Thus, I am a “Scrooge” not a […]

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How long is this prayer?

December 14, 2010 2 Comments

OK – It has been over a month since my last posting. And just today, I realized that I fell into the very trap that I often preach to others about avoiding – namely, rushing your relationship with God. How long is this prayer? I was recently at a meeting. This meeting had an ambitious […]

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