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Things We Can Learn from Dogs and Cats

October 4, 2017 0 Comments
Things We Can Learn from Dogs and Cats

Here at Holy Comforter-St. Cyprian Parish in Washington, D.C., we celebrate the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi with the blessing of the animals. Although most folks bring dogs to be blessed, there are usually some who bring cats and a few other animals like ferrets. Once, someone even brought a snake! In the past […]

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God Can Make a Way Out of No Way: A Meditation on the Role of Adversity

October 3, 2017 2 Comments
God Can Make a Way Out of No Way: A Meditation on the Role of Adversity

Adversity comes to every one of us. The word’s Latin roots speak to the way in which things can turn against us; the winds, instead of moving us along, turn toward and against us and our progress seems stalled or even reversed. But has it? Or does adversity have a hidden, benign, or even good […]

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Lessons from the Life of St. Francis

October 2, 2017 2 Comments
Lessons from the Life of St. Francis

Many fine histories exist on the life of St. Francis of Assisi so there is no need to replicate that information in this post. (Here is a recently published one that is particularly good.) As we prepare for the Memorial of St. Francis of Assisi (Oct. 4), let’s reflect on a few lessons from his […]

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The Human Tendency Toward Acquired Deafness

October 1, 2017 2 Comments
The Human Tendency Toward Acquired Deafness

There was an important passage in the Gospel for Saturday’s Mass (Saturday of the 25th Week of the Year). It displays the human tendency to filter out or ignore what we do not want to hear. Jesus had been casting out demons. We then read, While they were all amazed at his every deed, Jesus […]

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Red Mass Homily: Most Reverend José H. Gomez

October 1, 2017 4 Comments
Red Mass Homily: Most Reverend José H. Gomez

Red Mass Homily Most Reverend José H. Gomez Archbishop of Los Angeles Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle Washington, D.C. October 1, 2017   My dear brothers and sisters, I am so honored to be with you this morning. I bring you greetings from the family of God in Los Angeles, the City of the Angels. The […]

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God Can Use Anything, but He Shouldn’t Have to – A Homily for the 25th Sunday of the Year

September 30, 2017 0 Comments
God Can Use Anything, but He Shouldn’t Have to – A Homily for the 25th Sunday of the Year

In understanding Sunday’s Gospel, we cannot overlook the audience Jesus was addressing. The text begins, Jesus said to the chief priests and elders of the people …. In other words, He was addressing the religious leaders and religiously observant of His day. He calls at least three things to their attention, three common sins of […]

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The Ministry of Angels, as Seen in a Commercial

September 29, 2017 6 Comments
The Ministry of Angels, as Seen in a Commercial

Most of us struggle with the fact that God allows bad things to happen to us. Why does He not intervene more often to protect us from attacks of various kinds and from events that cause sadness, setbacks, or suffering? While mysterious, the clearest answer is that God allows suffering in order that some greater […]

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What Was the Foundation of Jesus’ Life and Ministry?

September 28, 2017 1 Comment
What Was the Foundation of Jesus’ Life and Ministry?

One of Jesus’ most central qualities was that He loved His Heavenly Father and was loved by Him. To put it colloquially, Jesus was crazy about His Father. He was always talking about Him. Jesus often sought remote places in order to be able to spend extended time with His Father. Clearly He also knew […]

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