Summertime Should Be Mindful Time

Can you believe that Summer is here? If you are reading this outside of the US, Summer might not be as near, but here in the United States we just celebrated the unofficial start to Summer – Memorial Day weekend. Pools are open, grills are cleaned, and school is coming to a close. We just […]

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Jesus is the Melody

When I was younger, for many years I helped lead the music for our parish liturgies. The “more grand” liturgies stand out to me: First Communion, Confirmation, Christmas, etc. It was at one of those First Communion Masses where I learned an important lesson. As musicians at liturgy, you really play a key role in […]

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Where the World Ends and Heaven Begins

For Sunday, May 29, 2016, Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ Panis Angelicus fit panis hominum. (May the bread of Angels become bread for mankind.) This world is not always the easiest place to live. Few would mistake our earthly existence for heaven. Yet, we live in hope of heaven because God crashed into […]

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A Bit of God in All of Us

I remember being in first grade and making my mother a coffee mug for Mother’s Day at school. It was made of plastic, but I made a drawing on paper that would then be placed on the outside of the mug. I was so excited about making it because in it there was a little […]

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Claiming the Holy Trinity

For Sunday, May 22, 2016, Most Holy Trinity The day after Pentecost Sunday, we re-entered the “green days” of ordinary time. These are the days, weeks, and months when we are given a breathing space to allow the seeds of faith planted within us during our celebrations of Christmas, Epiphany, Easter, and Pentecost to begin […]

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Breathe Through Me

My youngest son has occasional bouts with asthma. When it hits him, he feels like he is almost drowning, gasping for air. It is a terrible thing to think about, suffocating with no option for air. Luckily, an inhaler opens up that which was closed and air comes rushing back inside his lungs. The Latin […]

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Loving Presence

In my experience, the most common phrase used to express sympathy to someone who has lost a loved one is “I’m sorry for your loss.” It’s a very nice sentiment and I believe everyone who uses it means it. But like any oft-used expression, its overuse can minimize the impact. We use phrases like this […]

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Wind and Fire

For Sunday, May 15, 2016, Pentecost Sunday The house shook! Doors slammed! Curtains billowed! The winds screamed as they raced through the house! Was there a trace of smoke riding along? Even the patio screen door banged open! Our hearts began racing with fear of a tornado. Should we seek shelter? There was no basement […]

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A Vote for Freedom

I cannot stay silent. This year in American politics has been anything but ordinary. You may certainly find aspects of any or all current candidates for President of the United States not to your liking or even down-right scandalous. You may be thinking you are in a quandary morally speaking because you cannot decide on a […]

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Don’t Throw Stones – Build Something Instead

An Everyday Stewardship Reflection for Seventh Sunday of Easter 2016 I am currently dealing with my third and youngest child going through middle school. I am convinced that the middle school years are a time of real purgatory on earth. It is also a time that tests your faith in humanity, because you wonder at […]

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All the Time in the World?

Nowadays I travel a good bit, which means I am away from my wife and children for periods of time, some short but some long. But what makes it easier for me, besides being able to share the Good News of Jesus with people all over the country, is that I know I will not […]

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Video Ideas for Your Parish Website

  More and more parishes are starting to incorporate video on their website as a way to demonstrate what the church has to offer and to invite more people into the doors on Sunday. There’s a lot of talk about the need for the Catholic Church to be “more engaging,” but we can’t engage people until they meet […]

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