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Made to see God

April 23, 2012 0 Comments
Made to see God

The Archdiocese of Washington has formed an Anti-pornography task force which is bearing good fruit. I’ve invited Mr. Rick Kramer, Associate Director of Evangelization and Family Life to share the work of the task force. The Gift of Human Sexuality We were made to see God!  But since the beginning our eyes have strayed.  Genesis tells us that […]

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Seduced by Poverty

April 18, 2012 0 Comments
Seduced by Poverty

As an idealistic, optimistic, college student, I was introduced to the documents of Vatican II, specifically, the opening paragraph of Gadium et Spes. “The joys and the hopes, the griefs and the anxieties of the men of this age, especially those who are poor or in any way afflicted, these are the joys and hopes, […]

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What are they thinking?

April 9, 2012 24 Comments
What are they thinking?

On Easter Sunday I had the privilege of serving as an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion at the 9:00 am Mass.  By the time Mass began it was standing room only in the church. This was not a surprise. I bet it was the same at your parish. When it came time to distribute Communion, […]

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Nine Ways of Prayer

April 4, 2012 3 Comments
Nine Ways of Prayer

Over the last month, I have been thinking about the relationship of body and prayer.  At the Maryland March for Life in Annapolis, I fell in step with a woman who looked to be in her seventies’ using a cane and keeping a good pace as we walked up the long hill toward Lawyers’Mall. I […]

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The Word Becomes Flesh

March 26, 2012 0 Comments
The Word Becomes Flesh

As we prepare to walk with Our Lord toward Calvary, this reflection from Saint Leo the Great for the Feast of the Annunciation helps us to understand what it means that God became man and willingly took on our sinfulness to offer us salvation. He took on the nature of a servant without stain of […]

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Under My Roof

March 13, 2012 2 Comments
Under My Roof

Months ago, I was asked to give a talk during Lent at my parish. The title of the talk was to be “Disagree with the Church?” As many of us know from experience, speaking in front of friends can be more challenging than talking with people you may never see again. By the time I […]

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Testing the fruitfulness of your Lenten discipline

March 6, 2012 9 Comments
Testing the fruitfulness of your Lenten discipline

A Note: For regular followers of our archdiocesan blog, you may be wondering why I have re-appeared on “Msgr. Pope’s blog page!”  The blog is the effort of a team of people but due to a major reorganization of staff at the Pastoral Center and the appointment of Fr. Hurd to a new position, we […]

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Life after Sunday

September 12, 2011 0 Comments
Life after Sunday

Did you hear a good homily on forgiveness yesterday? Not only were the readings a great starting point for reflecting on the tenth anniversary of 9-11, the Gospel story is one of those that just hits home every time.  It was one of those Gospels where we leave church thinking,  I know I need to […]

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