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See What the End Shall Be – A Homily for the 4th Sunday of Advent

December 23, 2017 3 Comments
See What the End Shall Be – A Homily for the 4th Sunday of Advent

In the Gospel for this Fourth Sunday of Advent, we step back nine months to March 25th, the feast of the Annunciation, an all-but-hidden event that changed the world. God, whose focal presence departed the Temple just prior to the Babylonian invasion (cf Ez 10:18) and the loss of the Ark of the Covenant, now […]

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The Biblical Roots of the Assumption of Mary

August 14, 2017 4 Comments
The Biblical Roots of the Assumption of Mary

While the actual event of the Assumption of Mary into Heaven is not recorded in the Scriptures, there is a biblical basis for the teaching that, considered as a whole, confirms Catholic teaching as both fitting and in keeping with biblical principles. Let’s ponder this feast in stages: The Assumption Explained – To be “assumed” […]

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Biblical Basics about Mother Mary – A Homily for the Second Sunday of the Year

January 16, 2016 10 Comments
Biblical Basics about Mother Mary – A Homily for the Second Sunday of the Year

In the gospel today of the wedding feast at Cana, there is a theological portrait of both Mother Mary and of prayer. Let’s look at the Gospel along five lines: I. The place that Mary has – The text says, There was a wedding at Cana in Galilee and the mother of Jesus was there. […]

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Our Lady of Fatima – Her Prophecies and Warnings Remain as Essential as Ever!

October 12, 2015 30 Comments
Our Lady of Fatima – Her Prophecies and Warnings Remain as Essential as Ever!

This week on October 13 and 14th I am in Fatima. Such a profound apparition occurred there, and so accurately prophetic of our times! Our Lady’s warnings of the consequences if we did not pray and convert have proven to be sadly accurate. She warned of another, more terrible war (World War II). She spoke […]

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How the Rosary Led Me to Christ

October 7, 2015 19 Comments
How the Rosary Led Me to Christ

As a young child I was very close to God. I spoke to Him in a very natural way and He spoke plainly to me. Although I have very few memories of my early childhood, I vividly remember how close I was to God. When early puberty approached, though, I began to slip away, drifting […]

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In the Midst of Much Blood God extended a Rose. A Meditation on Guadalupe and Mother Mary

December 13, 2013 7 Comments
In the Midst of Much Blood God extended a Rose. A Meditation on Guadalupe and Mother Mary

Reflecting on this evening of the great feast of our Lady of Guadalupe, I am mindful of the first reading we had today from the book of Revelation the 12th chapter. A great sign appeared in the sky, a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a […]

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Why Don’t You honor Mary?

October 14, 2013 13 Comments
Why Don’t You honor Mary?

Most of us who are Catholics eventually get asked, “Why do you Catholics worship Mary?” More often than not the question is not a real question it is a rhetorical question. For a few of you who might not know what is meant by the expression “rhetorical question,” it refers to a “question” whose purpose […]

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A Pilgrim’s Ponderings – Reflections on the Way to Guadalupe

October 6, 2013 13 Comments
A Pilgrim’s Ponderings – Reflections on the Way to Guadalupe

I am leading about twenty parishioners to Guadalupe Mexico for the next seven days. As I leave, the following thoughts go with me, some personal, some Ecclesial as well. 1. Elevation. Mexico city and its environs are at or near 5,000 feet. For this human being, the highest point in DC is my former parish […]

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