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Living Life at the Angle of 45 Degrees

June 12, 2017 3 Comments
Living Life at the Angle of 45 Degrees

At an angle of 45°, we look both up and out, and this is a good paradigm for life. At 45° degrees, we can view both up: seeing and loving God, and out: seeing and loving our neighbor. At 90° (i.e., straight up or straight out) our field of vision misses either God or the […]

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A Brief Reflection on the Ministry of the Angels Throughout Creation

June 11, 2017 5 Comments
A Brief Reflection on the Ministry of the Angels Throughout Creation

The conclusion of the Book of Tobit on Saturday featured the Archangel Raphael revealing himself to Tobit and others and explaining his ministry to them. This post I write is not a full angelology, it is just a grateful reflection for God, his angels and his creation. Book-length treatments are necessary for a good angelology. […]

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One and One and One Are One – A Homily for Trinity Sunday

June 10, 2017 3 Comments
One and One and One Are One – A Homily for Trinity Sunday

There is an old spiritual that says, “My God is so high you can’t get over Him. He’s so low you can’t get under Him. He’s so wide you can’t get around Him. You must come in, by and through the Lamb.” It’s not a bad way of saying that God is “other.” He is […]

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Picture this! A Reminder about Evangelization in a Commercial

June 9, 2017 1 Comment
Picture this! A Reminder about Evangelization in a Commercial

The commercial below reminds us of an important insight for evangelization. It features a barber shop where business is slow. Things pick up quickly, however, when they begin to post photos of recent customers sporting their new haircuts. The pictures showcase the good results of a haircut and bring “getting a haircut” from the world […]

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The Octave of Pentecost: Missing in Action or Still Available?

June 8, 2017 7 Comments
The Octave of Pentecost: Missing in Action or Still Available?

This week I have been celebrating votive Masses of the Holy Spirit. Why? It is my way of recovering the Octave of Pentecost, lost in 1970. There are certain feasts so important that the Church celebrates them with an Octave. Currently we only have two: Christmas and Easter. Strangely, in 1970, the Octave of Pentecost […]

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A Short Consideration of a Central Liturgical Principle

June 7, 2017 14 Comments
A Short Consideration of a Central Liturgical Principle

Some years ago, I was praying with a group of servers and other liturgical ministers just prior to going forth from the sacristy to celebrate a rather complex liturgy. I remember asking God in the prayer, “Please Lord, help us to serve you well, but above all, help us not forget to worship you.” For […]

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An Image for the Kingdom and the Beauty of Inner Silence in a Tango

June 6, 2017 1 Comment
An Image for the Kingdom and the Beauty of Inner Silence in a Tango

This past weekend our parish had a luncheon for our senior and older parishioners, hosted by the youth, the young adults, and the Parish Council. Part of the entertainment after the meal was a demonstration of different dance styles. One of our young adults, Lola, is a student of classical and ballroom dance. She, along […]

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Overcoming Life’s Storms: A Teaching from St. Paul to Storm-weary Souls

June 5, 2017 1 Comment
Overcoming Life’s Storms: A Teaching from St. Paul to Storm-weary Souls

This is the conclusion of a post that I began yesterday. In the midst of a great storm (described in Acts 27), St. Paul finds himself among desperate and defeated people. Though the storm comes from nature, their problems are of their own doing and are rooted in a foolish refusal to listen to either […]

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