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ADVENT: The LORD Comes

In some ways, our earthquake, ‘end of times’ experience yesterday, and the aftershocks through the night, were too graphic of an ‘ending’ to this liturgical year.  Though it felt somewhat ‘like the end’ several times yesterday, here is a reflection to begin the new liturgical year and Advent.  May this ‘new year’ hold much grace for you, your family, for our Church and world! Over the course of my childhood, our home was a bee hive of activity during Advent. The center piece during that liturgical season was the Advent Wreath, and I remember vividly […]

Saints Peter & Paul; The Foundation Of Our Faith

June 29, every year the Church celebrates the great Feast of Saints Peter & Paul.  As a sign of the significance of this feast, every year on this date, the Holy Father invites to Rome all the newly created Archbishops from the previous year to receive their pallium, which is a sign of their unity, thus the entire Church’s unity, with the successor of Peter. While the Church is certainly capable of great solemnity, and a Mass with the Holy Father at St. Peter’s Basilica is one such moment, we must look very closely to […]

New Church Document Renews Focus On Christ And Salvation

Today, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Fatih released a document entitled Placuit Deo, On Certain Aspects of Christian Salvation.  The focus is on the gift of Salvation that is ours through Jesus Christ.  Likewise, the document draws attention to some of the errors in today’s concept of the human person as well as certain concepts of Christian Salvation that can be difficult for people to properly understand. The document seeks to correct two modern ways of thinking, which are called a ‘neo-pelagianism’ which is an extreme individualism which believes each person is capable […]

Come To The Lord; Take Courage, Jesus Is Calling You

Both of today’s readings are great reminders to come to Jesus and to remain in him. Today’s Gospel recalls another journey of Jesus, this time he is passing through Jericho with his disciples.  Sitting along the side of the road is a blind man, Bartimaeus.  The man, hearing that Jesus is passing by, begins crying out: “Jesus, son of David, have pity on me.” (Mark 10:47)  He has such faith that he knows and believes Jesus can heal him.  He has such humility, he does not care who hears him cry out in his need. Jesus […]

God’s Mercy In The Person Of Jesus Is The Standard Of The New Covenant

On this 5th Sunday of Lent, we hear another familiar Gospel story of the adulterous woman brought before Jesus.  In usual fashion, Jesus is drawing crowds to hear him teach.  It is in this setting of Jesus teaching the crowds that the scribes and Pharisees drag a woman caught in adultery to challenge Jesus’ understanding of the Mosaic law. Teacher, this woman was caught in the very act of committing adultery.  Now in the law, Moses commanded us to stone such women.  So what do you say? A key to how Jesus will respond is […]

For Me Life Is Christ; On The Conversion Of St. Paul

Always a favorite feast of mine, today has been a special celebration of the Conversion of St. Paul.  For more than any reason, from the very beginning of this day, I have been blessed with a sense of the nearness of Christ, and that grace has abided throughout the day.  Partially, no doubt, is the setting.  I am with a dear friend, who has always been Christ to me, and tomorrow will celebrate his 20th anniversary as a bishop. The Conversion of St. Paul is a great teaching moment for all of us.  This incredible moment […]

Glory & Salvation Radiate From Christ’s Holy Face

Merry Christmas! As a people of faith, as God’s family, we come together this holy night to celebrate once again God’s love and mercy, the gift of our salvation in the birth of his Son, Jesus. Christmas is the ultimate celebration of our belief in God and the reality that our God is not distant! Jesus is the flesh of God, born upon the earth. Jesus is the mercy of God expressed in every human person’s hour of need. Jesus is the humility of God, who created the heavens and the earth and all within […]

A New Outlook On Life; The Jubilee Year of Mercy

Today, on the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, a Holy Year of Mercy begins.  Our Holy Father, Pope Francis inaugurates today a central theme of his pontificate, a year dedicated to deeper understanding of the Mercy of the Father.  He calls all people of good will to use this year as a time to reflect upon the merciful love of God and expand the practice of mercy in our lives, our homes, and in the world at large. Pope Francis’ experience of God’s mercy as a young man led him to recognize his own vocation to […]

Pope Francis Embraces Everyone With Heart of Jesus

Yesterday was indeed an inspiring start to the pastoral visit of Pope Francis to the United States.  In his remarks to the US Bishops at St. Matthew’s Cathedral he made clear his desire for the people in the United States to know that he comes to embrace each and everyone of us. The heart of the Pope expands to include everyone. To testify to the immensity of God’s love is the heart of the mission entrusted to the Successor of Peter, the Vicar of the One who on the cross embraced the whole of mankind. May […]

Lent: Conversion to New Life in Christ

Ashes – a call to humbly recognize our origins: dust of the earth and the creative love of God.  As in death we return to the earth, so we shall return to God.  God is our origin and our glorious destiny.  Any accomplishments on this earth belong to God, while all failure and sin is solely our responsibility.  There is no reason for pride for any human being. Fire – burns the palms that proclaimed Christ as King on Palm Sunday into the ashes before us today.  Marked with these ashes we are reminded of […]

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