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Happy Easter – Jesus is on line one

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 [...] Read the rest of this entry »

Name it and claim it!

“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 [...] Read the rest of this entry »

Prayer – “Hand to Hand” Combat

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 [...] Read the rest of this entry »

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 [...] Read the rest of this entry »

Why I will go to the March for Life

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 [...] Read the rest of this entry »

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

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 [...] Read the rest of this entry »

A Ghost of Christmas-Present

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 [...] Read the rest of this entry »

How long is this prayer?

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 [...] Read the rest of this entry »

November is Black Catholic History Month

Time to reflect, learn and celebrate In my school, we have a small display board dedicated to Black Catholic history. One of the items on the board is the biography of the Pope Victor I. Pope Victor I was the 14th Bishop of Rome and the first from Africa. In fact, there are three popes [...] Read the rest of this entry »

Believe in God? You’re never alone!

In downtown Washington, I noticed this sign on the side of a bus stop. It seems that a group of atheists has purchased advertising space throughout the Washington Metro system with this depressing message. “To spray paint or not to spray paint?”; That was my question. I had immediate thoughts of how I could possibly blunt [...] Read the rest of this entry »

Catholicism is fun

My wife is very much a fan of everything horses. So last weekend, we went to see part of the World Equestrian Games in the horse capital of the world, Lexington, Kentucky. Being a “Horse Capital” Lexington is covered with horse statues decorated with various themes and motifs. It reminded me of the panda bears [...] Read the rest of this entry »

I am having a “Fifth Station Moment”

When they led Him away, they seized a man, Simon of Cyrene, coming in from the country, and placed on him the cross to carry behind Jesus. – Luke 23:26 Many Catholics have a devotion to a saint or a particular prayer. Over the past ten years or so, I have developed a devotion to [...] Read the rest of this entry »