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A Hidden Mass in the Gospel of the Ten Lepers

November 14, 2018 0 Comments
A Hidden Mass in the Gospel of the Ten Lepers

The Gospel for Wednesday of the 32nd Week of the Year teaches that the Mass is the perfect offering of thanks to the Father. It does so in a remarkable and almost hidden way, but it is right there for us to see if we have eyes to see it. The Gospel telling the story […]

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A Word of Encouragement from Elisha the Prophet

November 13, 2018 1 Comment
A Word of Encouragement from Elisha the Prophet

There is an old saying, “Stop telling God how big your storm is and start telling the storm how big your God is.”  In other words, we often need to shift our focus, building up our trust and confidence. Because we are so wired for fear, we tend to overestimate the power and shrewdness of […]

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The Sins of Priests

November 12, 2018 4 Comments
The Sins of Priests

The Book of the Prophet Malachi is set forth as a kind “riv” (a Hebrew word for a lawsuit, indictment, or controversy) by God. The Lord presents a legal case of sorts, which convicts ancient Israel of numerous deficiencies and calls for their repentance. The case shows a body of evidence that is just as […]

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The Office of Bishop

November 11, 2018 4 Comments
The Office of Bishop

Fortuitously, the first reading for this Monday, which is the day that the annual fall meeting of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) Baltimore begins, speaks to the qualifications of a bishop. The full reading from Titus is as follows: Paul, a slave of God and apostle of Jesus Christ for the sake […]

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The Paradox of Poverty – A Homily for the 32nd Sunday of the Year

November 10, 2018 1 Comment
The Paradox of Poverty – A Homily for the 32nd Sunday of the Year

The first reading in today’s Mass (1 Kings 17:10-16) speaks to us of the paradox of poverty: it is our poverty, our neediness, that provides a doorway for God to bless us with true riches. Our emptiness provides room for God to go to work. In our worldly riches, we feel we have “too much […]

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Letting Go of Attachments, as Seen in a Commercial

November 9, 2018 0 Comments
Letting Go of Attachments, as Seen in a Commercial

Life comes with many opportunities to form attachments. Some of them are harmless, but others can be quite harmful to us and to those around us, particularly when they devolve into addictions. The commercial below humorously points out the downright danger that some attachments can bring and bids us to let go of them; God […]

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All Things, Small and Great

November 8, 2018 4 Comments
All Things, Small and Great

There is a notion that ushering in reform or change requires large numbers, majority percentages, and the like, but a passage from the First Book of Maccabees reminds us that Heaven’s math is not always ours: But Judas said: “It is easy for many to be overcome by a few; in the sight of Heaven […]

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Sober but Serene Themes of Judgment in the Spirituals

November 7, 2018 1 Comment
Sober but Serene Themes of Judgment in the Spirituals

I’ve often been impressed by the ability of old African-American spirituals to treat serious subjects in a clear, memorable, and almost joyful way. This is true even of weighty matters like sin and judgment. During early November we are focused on the four last things (death, judgment, Heaven, and hell) and November is also Black […]

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