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The Mystery of the Incarnation

Readings for December 21, 2014: Fourth Sunday of Advent “Mystery,” he sneered.  “That’s a good Catholic word.” My friend was a fundamentalist who had more than a bit of antipathy towards the Catholic Church, charging that it added to the…

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A Prayer for the Internet

The Internet has it all: the good, the bad, and the ugly.  Like everything in life, it’s a battleground of good and evil, best navigated by staying near to God.  The Good Prior to the Internet, computers were euphoric enough…

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The Sower

Again he began to teach them by the lakeside, but such a huge crowd gathered round him that he got into a boat on the water and sat there. The whole crowds were at the lakeside on land. He taught…

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Bad Priests

I’ve been thinking, recently, about the impact of bad priests on the Church. No, not on the Church – but on the lives of particular members of the Church, on the family and friends who have encountered them, who have…

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Why Are You Hosting That Festival, Fish Fry, or Carnival Again?

In many parts of the United States, Catholic parishes are widely known (and loved) for hosing various annual festivals, bazaars, fish fries, carnivals, picnics, and more. The question is–why? Often, the historic reason is to joyously celebrate and mark the…

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John the Baptist and Spiritual Joy

Readings for December 14, 2014: Third Sunday of Advent On the third Sunday of Advent, penitential purple gives way to pink and we celebrate “Gaudete” or “Rejoice!” Sunday.  “Rejoice heartily in the Lord, says Isaiah” (61:10).  “My Spirit finds joy…

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Where Would I Be?

A poem about my transformation in Jesus Christ For years I walked, unaware of my dignity Ignorant of God’s love and the fount of His mercy I searched in the wrong places, I drank from pretty cups At the bottom,…

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Christmas Gifts in Advent

Every Advent in 6th grade catechism class we cover prophecies by Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Daniel, Micah, Zechariah, and Malachi. I read each passage and the kids figure out what it prophesies. Mostly they anticipate something about Jesus, but not always….

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Love As If You Have No Hope

Ours is a faith of paradoxes. If you want to live, you have to die.  God’s most powerful deed was becoming small. And when it comes to bring people to Christ, sometimes the best way to do this is to…

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You Never Know

As a parish employee I try my best to always remember that I never know what people are carrying inside of them and that my mission is to care.  I was poignantly reminded of that today when I met with…