Let Our Stewardship Convince the Cynics!

Yesterday, while listening to the Gospel about good, old, doubting Thomas, I thought about how much harder it seems for many in today’s world to believe that God is in control. This doesn’t mean we are puppets destined to simply live out a predetermined set of life experiences, but it does mean that Jesus remains, […]

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Continuing the Mission

For Sunday, April 10, 2016, 3rd Sunday of Easter Saint Peter had always been an enthusiastic follower of Jesus. His faith was generous and open, but also subject to the limits of human weakness. “The school of faith,” recalled Pope Benedict XVI, “is not a triumphal march but a journey marked daily by suffering and […]

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Time With God Shouldn’t Be a Chore

When I first came to faith in Jesus Christ, I struggled to focus during my prayer, worship, or devotional time. I knew I was supposed to spend time with God, but it became more of a “punch the clock” situation rather than a vibrant, connected relationship with my Creator. As I read more of the […]

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No Rewind; Press Play Now

After my mother passed away, my sister and father had a falling out of sorts. When he moved to be closer to me, she told me that she didn’t ever want to speak to him again, saying, “Even if he is on his death-bed, do not call me.” My father was in his late 70’s […]

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Easter Sunday is Concluded…Now What?

It is now the quiet time… The Triduum services are completed. The Easter Vigil (the “mother” of all vigils) has been concluded for another year — to varying degrees of liturgical success in each individual parish, I am sure. The crowds that seem to magically appear and arrive for Easter Sunday Mass have come and gone. […]

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Healing Our Woundedness

For Sunday, April 3, 2016, 2nd Sunday of Easter Wounds! Wounds! Wounds! It seems that everywhere we look in our world today there are wounds! Last week’s horrendous happenings in Brussels brought back fresh memories of the tragedy in Paris not so long ago. That triggers the horrors of Boston and the more than three […]

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Spontaneous Stewardship

I had a wonderful Holy Week and Easter and I hope all of you reading this did so as well! There were so many aspects of the last several days I am thankful for and made me think. One such moment of inspiration occurred on Good Friday during Stations of the Cross. When we arrived […]

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March 27 – Easter Sunday

Today’s Acclamation “Christ, my hope, has risen: he goes before you into Galilee,” (Easter Sunday Sequence), Daily Lent Reflection This medieval liturgical hymn (‘Praises to the Paschal Victim’ or ‘Easter Sequence’) may be sung before the Gospels throughout the entire Easter Octave. It is a meditation on the Alleluia verse and it contains a powerful proclamation […]

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March 26 – Holy Saturday

Today’s Scripture “Then the LORD said to Moses: …Tell the Israelites to set out.” (Exodus 14:15 ). Daily Lent Reflection It is night. Persecutors are pressing behind the Israelites and the sea is swelling in front of them…and yet God is saying march on. When we find ourselves in such dead ends, it is hard to […]

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March 25 – Good Friday

Today’s Gospel “’I thirst,’” (John 19:28 ). Daily Lent Reflection As with the Samaritan woman, the Son of God is once again asking for a drink, but now from the cross. And he is offered the drink of the poor people! In those days you would not quench your thirst with water infested with bacteria or […]

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I’ll Miss Joe Garagiola

Many tributes have gone out today for Joe Garagiola, baseball’s famed catcher and announcer, and recipient of the Baseball Hall of Fame Buck O’Neil Award for his achievements off the field. What isn’t being mentioned much is that Joe was a practicing Catholic and his contributions to those he came into contact with. He likely […]

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March 24 – Holy Thursday

Today’s Scripture “Do this in remembrance of me,” (1Cor 11:24 ). Daily Lent Reflection The surprising sequence of taking, blessing, breaking and sharing of Jesus’ life was underlined by a momentous act of service: the washing of disciples’ feet! Interestingly, the only memorial worthy of Jesus is us mirroring this – taking, blessing, breaking and sharing […]

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