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The Mission of St. John the Baptist – A Homily for the Birth of John the Baptist

June 23, 2018 5 Comments
The Mission of St. John the Baptist – A Homily for the Birth of John the Baptist

We briefly step out of the “green” of Ordinary Time to celebrate the birth of the last prophet of the Old Testament, St. John the Baptist. In so doing, we not only commemorate a great prophet of history, but we also consider the office of prophet itself, one to which we are summoned by our […]

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Some Thoughts on Sin, Contrition and Repentance from C.S. Lewis

March 11, 2018 1 Comment
Some Thoughts on Sin, Contrition and Repentance from C.S. Lewis

C.S. Lewis is revered for his solid insight and for his ability to look beyond the ordinary understanding of things. Although he was not a Catholic, I would like to present several of his thoughts on sin, contrition, and repentance as part of our Lenten consideration of these matters. The quotes below are all drawn […]

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Romans 1 – Is It a Prophetic Interpretation of Reality for Our Times?

October 17, 2017 17 Comments
Romans 1 – Is It a Prophetic Interpretation of Reality for Our Times?

We continue to read from the Letter to the Romans in daily Mass. Scripture is a prophetic interpretation of reality. That is, it tells us what is really going on from the perspective of the Lord of History. An inspired text, it traces out not only the current time, but also the trajectory, the end […]

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Some Advice from Mother Church, as Pictured in the Book of Ruth

August 24, 2017 6 Comments
Some Advice from Mother Church, as Pictured in the Book of Ruth

Given our brief sampling of the Book of Ruth in daily Mass, perhaps a reflection is in order. The detailed background to the text is too lengthy to go into here, but a few points will help. The story features three main characters: Boaz, Ruth, and Naomi. Boaz is clearly a picture (or “type”) of […]

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The Power of Repentance to Rewrite the Record

July 28, 2017 1 Comment
The Power of Repentance to Rewrite the Record

This animated short contrasts the consuming quality of envy, anger, and hate with the overwhelming power of love and forgiveness. It also depicts the possibility of repentance upon recognizing the damage caused. In the video, a little girl’s written resentments of her older sister spring forth from her diary to wreak their havoc. Witnessing the […]

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Saint or Ain’t? A Homily for the 16th Sunday of the Year

July 22, 2017 10 Comments
Saint or Ain’t? A Homily for the 16th Sunday of the Year

We live in difficult times for the Church; from many sectors the very legitimate cry for reform goes up frequently. Beyond the sexual abuse scandal there are also deep concerns regarding the uncertain trumpet of Catholic preaching, lukewarm and nominal Catholics, an overall lack of self-discipline among Catholics, and a lack of disciplining by the […]

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How Real are Your Ashes?

February 17, 2010 6 Comments

Sometimes things get so familiar to us that we stop understanding or reflecting on their deeper meaning.  Each year in RCIA (adult conversion) classes I get some puzzled looks as we discuss the ritual. “What’s  that all about?”  some will say.  There is even some revulsion expressed at having dirty ashes smeared on your forehead. I remember […]

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Talking (Tough) Truth at Funerals

December 15, 2009 46 Comments

I celebrate just over 50 funerals a year;  about one a week. (People are dying to come to church here). And most of these funerals feature  large numbers of fallen away Catholics and unchurched individuals. Most of these people I see ONLY at funerals and sometimes weddings. For this reason, in recent years, I have […]

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