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Monthly Archive for June, 2010

The second  questions based on my latest homily from “interested parent’s” kids was from her teenage son who asked; What is stopping people from committing more crimes (and sins), because they know they can receive “forgiveness”? The short answer is- nothing. There is nothing to stop any of us from sinning and committing crimes once […]

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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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Interested Parent sent me a question from her kids about my homily where I talked about the pedophile priest asking for forgiveness at the feet of Jesus. The young folks picked up on a central theme of forgiveness when they asked about the 47 girls (now women) who were abused by this man. The kids […]

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The second set of questions on my latest homily came in an e-mail from an “interested parent.” So as not to make this a really long entry and to give me some more time to answer these questions I thought I would re-post the original comment below. These are great questions and  there are two […]

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Was it appropriate to use the image of a pedophile priest in place of the sinful woman in a homily in a Catholic Church? That is the question I have received in response to my last homily. It came from a parishioner who identified herself as being furious with the comparison, and I can assume […]

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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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Hello from Nashville

Just to let folks know I have been in beautiful Nashville Tennessee since Friday night. It is hot down here- how hot well so hot you can really fry an egg on the road. I have travelled here as part of my new job as the Executive Director of the Henri Nouwen Soiciety. I have […]

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I was sitting with several people the other day, and we were discussing how difficult it is to cope with aging parents. There are a number of different reasons for this. It is hard to see them age. These were the people we use to think could solve almost any problem. They were the ones […]

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I have to admit that in my six years as a deacon, I don’t think a single homily has generated as many after mass comments as this past week “Jesus challenges the conventional wisdom on forgiveness. “ I guess that it was to be expected. I suspected that using the example of a convicted pedophile […]

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My friend and fellow wanderer Deacon Robert Kinghorn was the homilist at his parish this past Sunday as well. We both share a street ministry of sorts and Robert literally wanders the streets of Toronto offering the healing gift of listening to those he encounters. He focuses us on seeing the people we often miss […]

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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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11th Sunday of Ordinary Time Year C Pre-Homily One of the things I try to sneak into my homilies is a few minutes to set the stage for the homily. This week I talked about some of the earlier posts on the blog that helped me to  pick a theme for the talk. These posts […]

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The story of the sinful woman (Luke 7) takes place 2000 years ago. A dinner at the home of an influential member of the community who  is hosting Jesus. Many scholars believe it is a set-up, the assembled want to prove that this Jesus is no prophet and that he is willing to associate with […]

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“Forgiveness is the name of love practiced among people who love poorly. The hard truth is that all people love poorly. We need to forgive and be forgiven every day, every hour increasinly. That is the great work of love among the fellowship of the weak that is the human family.” –By Henri Nouwen : […]

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