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Monthly Archive for February, 2011

For my friends at St. Patrick’s and other travelers here is what I meant to say in my homily this past weekend which was the 8th Sunday of Ordinary Time. Since I stopped using notes while delivering the homily each one is a bit different and it even surprises me what actually comes out at […]

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It has been a fascinating week. Preparing for the homily, dealing with our preoccupation with sin and hell  and a chance to appear on TV. When my friend Pedro Guevara Mann who works at Salt + Light TV, called and asked if I would appear on his show called Perspectives along with  my brother in […]

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What does the Church actually have to say about Hell and Mortal sin (i.e. your ticket to hell)? Below are several sections from the Catechism of the Catholic Church on these subjects. Click on the title to visit the complete teaching on the subject. Clearly, the church teaches that hell exists- that sin is a […]

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The last time I preached it was on the beatitudes or as one preacher I follow calls them the “happy” attitudes. Jesus leaves us with some clear direction on how we can achieve happiness in this life. The phrase from this weekend’s gospel that has really impacted me is when Jesus looks at us and […]

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My regular reader knows that each week I link to the Word on Fire a blog of Fr. Robert Barron who is based in Chicago. Given my theme this week – WTH or What the Hell- I thought it might be good to look at sin. In my early post I talked about a good […]

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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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While on my road trip I had lots of time to catch up on my podcasts. One of my favorites is a show that is on PBS in the USA called This American Life. Each week they pick a topic and then explore it with 1-4 short segments about everyday people and their lives. I […]

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This is the beginning of homily preparation week for me, and I would like to start with a confession of sorts about my confusion. I was originally scheduled to preach a few weeks back but switched so I could go on my road trip with my son. While I was away I was thinking and […]

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Just because it makes me smile and its Friday!

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I have been thinking about the power of true friendship lately. A friend of mine almost died this week and if it had not been for another one of his friends he would have likely been at home alone when his heart attacked him.He would have certainly been dead if he had not been out […]

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“I Love Reality”

There is an excellent interview with Jean Vanier conducted by Krista Tippett called “The Wisdom of Tenderness” . During their discussion Vanier tells the host that he has come to love reality. When I heard Vanier talking about this point it made so much sense to me and I have quoted it often. Vanier shares […]

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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 am just back from my road trip with my son. We spent 10 days together, which is a real treat, since he is all grown up now and busy with his own life. We traveled across 4,000 Km together in the car, golfed twice and watched the Super Bowl in a bar where even […]

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The Hidden Power of the Gospels by Alexander J. Shaia, was released by HarperOne on February 2, 2010.  This book explores the journey as it relates to the four Christian gospels. Dr. Shaia also discusses the original communities for which the gospels were written and shares the significance of the development of the Three-Year Sunday […]

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Following up on my Tweet of the Week I have found some further proof that God does in fact laugh. A simple question for all who have some doubts about  this deep theological point:  If we are made in the image of God then what does the following video tell us? OK it’s not really […]

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