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Monthly Archive for May, 2010

This Sunday is a regular post that will help readers prepare for the coming Sunday’s Liturgy of the Word. There is a link to the Sunday readings, a connection to Fr. Robert Baron’s weekly podcast sermon and a reflection from Fr. Scott Lewis of the Catholic Register. On occasion we will post reflections from fellow wanders, I meet along the road.

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I posted the following to my Twitter from the Dalai Lama– “A secular person can be spiritual: compassion is for everyone to practice” and then the following meditation from my friend Henri showed up: Jesus is called Emmanuel which means “God-with-us” (see Matthew 1: 22-23). The great paradox of Jesus’ life is that he, whose […]

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Now that Jesus has ascended to sit at the right hand of the Father, we all await the coming of the Holy Spirit on Pentecost. Below is a thoughtful meditation from Henri Nouwen on the Holy Spirit: When we speak about the Holy Spirit, we speak about the breath of God, breathing in us. The […]

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Every so often, you are faced with a choice – What movie do we go and see as a couple? I have found that having a variety of tastes in movies is a big win in the relationship department. Today my wife and daughter and I made a simple deal – I go to see […]

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I got an interesting question after church on Sunday about Pentecost and how it relates to the timing of the Ascension. The Ascension ( The fortieth day after Easter Sunday, commemorating the Ascension of Christ into heaven, according to Mark 16:19, Luke 24:51, and Acts 1:2.) is traditionally celebrated on a Thursday. We also use […]

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Pentecost Sunday: Year C

This Sunday’s 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: Pentecost Sunday The Word on Fire The Word On Fire – Fr. Robert Barron’s internet site offers many interesting insights into all things Catholic. […]

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Homily: Ascension of our Lord  Year C:  Deacon Mike Walsh Click here for a PDF Copy of the Homily -Ascension of our Lord Yr C There they stand in the school yard. The child’s small hand is clutching the hand of a parent who has brought them to this new place. It is the first […]

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In Luke’s gospel this weekend we are told that: Jesus opened their minds to understand the Scriptures. I keep coming back to Dr. Alexander Shaia’s new book the The Hidden Power of the Gospels. This book explores the journey as it relates to the four Christian gospels. Dr. Shaia also discusses the original communities for […]

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It seems to me that the Ascension is in many ways like the first day of kindergarten. Jesus is the parent who has been with the apostles- with us- but now it is time for us to strike out on our own. It takes courage to let go and walk into the classroom, but as […]

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The Ascension prepares us for Pentecost- our confirmation- when Jesus sends us the Holy Spirit to be our guide. The call to be a witness is not an easy one. Take a moment and look at the short video below and reflect on the Gifts of the Holy Spirit. Remember– “God’s gifts put man’s best […]

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When Jesus left the apostles to be witnesses to the things he had done he left them to be messengers of Hope. Henri Nouwen reminds us that there have been many spiritual people of hope All the great spiritual leaders in history were people of hope. Abraham, Moses, Ruth, Mary, Jesus, Rumi, Gandhi, and Dorothy […]

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This week I find myself preparing for the homily. I keep coming back to the theme of courage. The apostles watch in wonder as our Lord ascends into heaven, and they are left looking upwards. When that moment passes, I imagine them all looking at Peter and asking him, “Okay what do we do now?” […]

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The Ascension of the Lord: Year C

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: The Ascension of the Lord The Word on Fire The Word On Fire – Fr. Robert Barron’s internet site offers many interesting insights into […]

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The following post has been making its way around the internet. It is by Richard Zuendt as near as I can tell. I do admire the way Phil Michelson has stuck by the side of his wife as she battles breast cancer. He is in this way a role model for all of us husbands […]

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The Life in the Spirit Seminar is an introduction to a life lived in the power of the Holy Spirit. Through a series of talks, worship, Scripture teachings, song, and individual testimonies, participants explore faith topics, including the basic message of  salvation, a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, as well as the potential and the […]

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