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Monthly Archive for January, 2011

Click Here for a Printer Friendly Copy of this Week’s Homily This is my first homily in Year A- The Year of Matthew. One of my favorite authors- who I have mentioned before is Dr. Alexander Shaia, and in his book- The Hidden Power of the Gospels, he explores the how the New Testament was […]

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Last night I was talking to a young person about my challenge of preaching on the beatitudes. I told her of my plan to focus on the first- “Happy are the Poor in Spirit for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” She looked at me and said that she has been to countries where the […]

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What could Lindsay Lohan possibly teach us about the beatitudes? Look at Lindsay’s  life or at least the part that is visible to us, which is not the full story. She started in show business as a child model. By age 11 she is a movie star and a millionaire soon thereafter. She is considered […]

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In his book The Hidden Power of the Gospels, Alexander J. Shaia,, says when we read Matthew we are on a path of change  and it is as if the evangelist has painted his words on  the tapestry of the mountain. If I were about to be marooned on a tropical island (better than one […]

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When you visit the holy land The Mount of the Beatitudes is sure to be a highlight of the trip. Situated near  the Sea of Galilee and the hometown of Peter, well at least we know his mother-in law lived there, Capernaum , and it is the place where many believe Jesus shared the Sermon […]

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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 & 90 second soundbite on the readings by Franciscan Fr. Greg Friedman. On occasion we will post reflections from fellow wanders, I meet along the road.

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This is a re-posting of an earlier Book of the Month selection highlighting the work of Fr. Richard Rohr. This is the second time in two years my preaching date has landed on the beatitudes ans once again I have returned to Fr. Rohr’s tapes on the Sermon on the Mount. Again a line that […]

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Welcome to our week on the Beatitudes. The posts for the week ahead will be about Matthew’s version of these “Happy Attitudes” as they have been called by some preachers. To get us started here  are beatitudes- first Matthew’s version and below that Luke’s take on this formative wisdom teaching from Jesus. I encourage you […]

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Last night at our St. Patrick’s Friends of Dismas meeting we examined the Elder Son as seen by Henri Nouwen in his book The Return of the Prodigal Son. Nouwen opens up the parable using the famous  painting of   THE RETURN OF THE PRODIGAL SON By Rembrandt. At the end of our evening we […]

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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 & 90 second soundbite on the readings by Franciscan Fr. Greg Friedman. On occasion we will post reflections from fellow wanders, I meet along the road.

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I had the opportunity today to present to the first year diaconate formation program at St. Augustine’s seminary in Toronto.Here is one description of the role of the deacon that I like: The deacon is a pre-eminent minister of charity and justice. The service of charity/justice is as extensive as are human needs. The deacon […]

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In the midst of a crazy week  this showed up this morning in my daily meditation from the Henri Nouwen Society. I was talking to a person the other day who also subscribes to these reflections and he was telling me how they are so often on target helping him with the challenges in his […]

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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 & 90 second soundbite on the readings by Franciscan Fr. Greg Friedman. On occasion we will post reflections from fellow wanders, I meet along the road.

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I was wandering around the internet the other day looking for a Grace before meals for a wedding I was attending and I came across Fr. Leo Patalinghug’s website called- you guessed it- Grace Before Meals. Check out Fr. Leo in the video  below and I recommend you take a moment to visit his site.The […]

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