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Monthly Archive for September, 2011

I had a chance this week to meet Fr. Barron in person as he was in Toronto promoting his work and his new project which is simply titled Catholicism. Fr. Barron is a scholar and one heck of an itinerant preacher. He is using the internet in creative ways to evangelize the gospel. I believe […]

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I once heard it said that new technology is anything invented during your lifetime. It would then seem reasonable that the later in one’s life a new way of doing something is introduced the harder it is to adapt to it. One such invention is the world of “texting”. So for the fun of it […]

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Note: After a wonderful birthday dinner with our son I will have to simply re-post the story from last year that sums it all up: I wrote a while back about the 5 words that changed my life, actually two sets of 5 words. The first where spoken when I married my high school sweetheart […]

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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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A friend sent me the link to this 3 minute film called The Porcelain Unicorn It is the grand prize winner of a competition called Parallel Lines: ‘Tell it your Way. The requirements were that each entry contain exactly 6 lines of dialogue and that they be no longer than 3 minutes. The film speaks […]

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Luke Chapter 5:12-13 is the story about Jesus’ encounter with a man who had leprosy. For me this chapter has always been at the very core of the way Jesus taught- not simply with words but also with actions. While Jesus was in one of the towns, a man came along who was covered with […]

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This week we started our new season of meetings for our local St. Patrick’s Friends of Dismas group. Each month we gather and reflect on our call to minister to people touched by crime. This year we will be exploring what it means to live a life of compassion one of the great virtues. Each […]

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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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Note: At the end of this homily there is a request of the parishioners of St. Patrick’s to participate in the Out of the Cold and Friends of Dismas cooking programs. We far exceeded our needs and I want to thank the “Labourers” of St. Patrick’s for their kindness and generosity. Of Parables and Paradox […]

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Sister Barbara Reid, OP, is a Dominican Sister of Grand Rapids, Michigan. She holds a PhD in Biblical Studies from The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC and is professor of New Testament and vice president and academic dean at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago. She has authored a number of books and has […]

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Like most things related to the bible and theology you will find many different opinions on the use of paradox in the Bible and the teachings of Jesus. A simple search on Google using the words “paradox” and “scripture” will turn up some in depth and passionate discussions. Here are a few “rhetorical” paradoxes in […]

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Rev. James Kubicki, SJ, is the National Director of the Apostleship of Prayer. I stumbled across this site when looking for some material on this week’s gospel. i fond Fr. Kubicki’s reflections to be thoughtful and to the point. In his conclusion, Fr. Kubicki asks a key question: “Heaven is a gift from our Father- […]

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The following is from a website called Catholic Resources and is an interesting summary of the parables of Jesus by Felix Just, S.J. Fr. Just, a member of the California Province of the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits), is Director of Biblical Education at the Loyola Institute for Spirituality. Here is Fr. Just’s take: What […]

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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 week’s gospel starts with this line: Jesus told his disciples this parable: What is a Parable? For the short answer Click here for Wikipedi’s take; For the long of it click here for Catholic Encyclopidia’s encyclopedic viewpoint. And our reading ends with: “Thus, the last will be first, and the first will be last.” […]

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