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You Are Witnesses of These Things – A Homily for the 3rd Sunday of Easter

April 14, 2018 2 Comments
You Are Witnesses of These Things – A Homily for the 3rd Sunday of Easter

This Sunday’s Gospel speaks to the necessity of becoming witnesses of Jesus’ resurrection Jesus. It begins with the necessary foundation of the Church’s proclamation: The Lord has risen indeed, and he has appeared to Simon! (Luke 24:34) This solemn declaration forms the doctrinal certitude of the resurrection. On this foundation of the truth, the personal […]

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Four Qualities of Bold and Believable Witnesses to Jesus

April 11, 2018 0 Comments
Four Qualities of Bold and Believable Witnesses to Jesus

It is worthwhile to look back at a text that was read on Saturday (Saturday of the Octave of Easter). It is from Acts and sets forth a picture of courage and holy boldness that is too little evident in many Catholics. Let’s look at the passage and then reflect on four qualities that the […]

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Training for Testimony is Missing in Many Parishes

August 2, 2017 4 Comments
Training for Testimony is Missing in Many Parishes

Catholicism has glorious liturgical and intellectual traditions, but because we have not excelled in training Catholics to give joyful witness to wonder of the Lord and our faith, they are among the best kept secrets around. In certain denominations, giving witness is a major focus, and congregants are well-trained for it both through personal testimony […]

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Suffering for the Gospel: Pondering a Picture of Apostolic Times

July 25, 2017 2 Comments
Suffering for the Gospel: Pondering a Picture of Apostolic Times

Writing as I am on the Feast of Saint James, likely the first Apostle to be martyred, I’d like to ponder the kinds of sufferings the Apostles endured in order to announce the Gospel and win souls for Christ. In the “softer” Church of the declining West, it is hard for us even to imagine. […]

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He Kindled a Fire that Never Died Away – How I Met Jesus

November 7, 2013 57 Comments
He Kindled a Fire that Never Died Away – How I Met Jesus

Personal Testimonies are supposed to be three to five minutes. I suspect that my written version of how I met Jesus violates that rule. But, since many of you have known me a while, I think that I have to add a few details that I don’t when I am speaking to people who know […]

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Some questions and truths at the heart of the”New”Evangelization

November 6, 2013 20 Comments
Some questions and truths at the heart of the”New”Evangelization

I am gathered with over 200 brother priests from the Archdiocese for a convocation on the New Evangelization. And we are blessed to have Dr. Ralph Martin as our Keynote speaker. Of course some wonder at the title “new” in the New Evangelization. On the one hand it is new in the sense that we […]

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Love Lifted Me. A Consideration of a Profound insight from Origen

August 28, 2013 32 Comments
Love Lifted Me. A Consideration of a Profound insight from Origen

Back in Seminary days we would often study the question of authorship when it came to books of the Bible. Especially in modern times there are extensive debates about such things. I remember being annoyed at the question in most cases since I didn’t really care who the Holy Spirit gave the text to, in […]

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Seven Habits of Divinely Inspired Evangelizers

July 3, 2010 13 Comments

In the  Gospel today the Lord shows forth that his plan for Evangelization is not just some sort of haphazard, shoot from the hip program where he wanders about aimlessly. Rather he had a plan to visit specific cities at specific times. And, in order to prepare for his visit, he sent an entourage ahead […]

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