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Monthly Archive for April, 2010

Every day in my e-mails a meditation from Jean Vanier and  from Henri Nouwen arrive. Below is one from the Henri Nouwen Society, a group I will be talking about more in the future. In this short statement Henri reminds us that all of our stories are sacred, and we can learn about life by […]

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A confession-Christopher Hitchens is an author I usually read whenever his columns show up in my newspaper. If I see he is a guest on a radio show or podcast, I know he will be provocative and controversial and I like that. He has written recently with relish about the sexual abuse in the Catholic […]

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Easter Season Readings This weeks readings from the US Conference of Catholic Bishops, which uses the New American Bible. They offer a Podcast and other bible related content. This Week is: 5th Sunday of Easter The Word on Fire The Word On Fire – Fr. Robert Barron’s internet site offers many interesting insights into all […]

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A friend of mine, Deacon Tom, invited me to participate in the Lift Jesus Higher Rally and I said sure how can I help. He said show up at the Convention Centre at 7:30 AM which I did and the day did not stop until 8:00 PM when we packed his car. It was a […]

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Choirboy Stuns Audience

Take a moment and listen to the story below. If you have ever been told you can’t do something you love, if you have ever been the victim of a bully then you have to see this Catholic Choir boy overcome his shaky knees as he takes an important step in to making his dream […]

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This Sunday- 4th Sunday of Easter

Easter Season Readings This weeks readings from the US Conference of Catholic Bishops, which uses the New American Bible. They offer a Podcast and other bible related content. This Week is: 4th Sunday of Easter The Word on Fire The Word On Fire – Fr. Robert Barron’s internet site offers many interesting insights into all […]

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For my friends at St. Patrick’s who are dropping by for a copy of this weekend’s homily you may not have realized that I was preempted by Archbishop Thomas Collins pastoral message on the sexual abuse scandal that has gripped the worldwide media’s attention.  I was notified of the change early in the week so […]

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Until recently this was the most watched video on YouTube- It is a good laugh and who couldn’t use a good laugh every now and again. Apparently over 178 Million people think this is worth a few seconds. Do you think Charlie feels bad about biting his big brother? I think NOT! r

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I had the wonderful opportunity to speak to a group of Catholic Principals and Vice-Principals recently at their yearly conference. The topic of the presentation was: A Journey of  Transformation-Becoming a Compassionate Companion. Transformation: to undergo a change in form, appearance, or character; become transformed. It is a question many of us ask ourselves – […]

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This Sunday- 3rd Sunday of Easter

Easter Season Readings This weeks readings from the US Conference of Catholic Bishops, which uses the New American Bible. They offer a Podcast and other bible related content. This Week is: 3rd Sunday of Easter The Word on Fire The Word On Fire – Fr. Robert Barron’s internet site offers many interesting insights into all […]

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Folks from time to time I would like to share with you some insight from fellow travelers on the road. One of these is a good friend of mine and a mentor Deacon Robert Kinghorn who calls St. Margaret’s of Scotland parish home base. Several years ago Deacon Rob decided to start a new journey […]

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I recently got an e-mail from a young person that got me to thinking. It turned out to be a Big Question from KC: Everyone In My Family Except For My Dad Is A Catholic. My Dad Is A Buddhist. Does That Mean That I Can Only Believe In Jesus Christ Or Can I Believe […]

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One of the things that I love doing as a deacon is marry young people. Rule number 1 in the Wedding Presides handbook is never lose control of the “vows” – if you do then all “heck” can break out. Thanks to my fellow deacon friend Anthony for sending this along as an example of where […]

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As we enter into the Easter season I would like to take a moment and thank those that made the Way of the Cross with Dismas the Good Thief possible. First to my friend Don, for his work on the Dismas reflections. Over the course of a couple of years we exchanged letters and drafts […]

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Below is my homily for this past Good Friday service. You will see that it based on the way of the Cross we have been walking over these past couple of weeks. I mention in the reflection a phrase- “It’s Friday but Sunday’s coming.” I first heard that at a prayer breakfast several years ago […]

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