Plain Old Water

One of the things that endeared Jesus to people was that his teaching was always practical. It came from the stuff of their everyday lives.  He cited examples that would have been a part of peoples’ daily experience.  He did…

Initial Proclamation of the Gospel

Initial Proclamation of the Gospel: A Non-Negotiable

How do you share the Gospel with someone? I’m not talking about context–like how or where you meet them, or what your relationship with them is like–but the words. The content. What do you say? If someone was to ask,…

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Peter and the Keys

Readings for August 24, 2014: 21st Sunday of Ordinary Time “More Catholic than the Pope.”  There is nothing more quintessentially Catholic than the Papacy.  When we think “Catholic,” we think Rome, the Vatican, the dome of St. Peter’s. But the…

Love Thy Neighbor

Love Thy Neighbor

While mowing the lawn a few weeks ago, I came across a little present the neighbor’s pooch left in the middle of my yard. Infuriated, I grabbed the dedicated set of tools from the garage and cleaned up the mess….

Is Suicide a Mortal Sin?

Is Suicide a Mortal Sin?

With the death of Robin Williams, many people are talking a great deal about the tragedy of suicide.  Sadly, many of us have known people who have taken their own lives.  The shroud of darkness that covers a family that…

Walk on Water

Walk on Water

Meanwhile the boat, already a few miles offshore was being tossed about by the waves, for the wind against it. During the fourth watch of the night, he came toward them. When the disciples saw him walking on the sea,…

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A Look at Our Beautiful Faith in Pittsburgh

Recently I was able to make a trip to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to spend the day touring some beautiful churches. Not only were they rich in beauty but they were rich in history as well. My companion for the trip was a…

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The Canaanite Woman

Readings for August 17, 2014: 20th Sunday of Ordinary Time The apostles thought she was a nuisance and asked Jesus to get rid of her.  Jesus had gone to the region of Tyre and Sidon, modern-day Lebanon, and a local…

The Most Beautiful Time

The Most Beautiful Time: The Present!

Climbing the mountain was more difficult than I recalled. Although it was daybreak, sweat poured down my face and back because of the high temperatures.  Even my heart was beating overtime.  I thought that this assent was surely more strenuous…

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Emergency Help from the Blessed Mother

When we’ve messed up, we should run to our mother. Scripture makes this clear.  At the wedding at Cana, either the wine list or the guest list was miscalculated.  Someone messed up resulting in the wine running out. Why would…