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Monthly Archive for April, 2012

(Please click here for Printer friendly copy.) This past weekend I had the opportunity to speak the folks at St. Patrick’s Church in Mississauga. They are a warm and welcoming community. We are hopeful that a Friends of Dismas Ministry will take root in the parish under the leadership of Deacon Silverio. Here is the […]

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Charlie is a man I only met once. His story, and the story of a small group that came to be know as Charlie’s Angels will be a part of the homily this weekend. This is a tribute from Les Horne, one of those who befriended Charlie,  given at Charlie’s memorial service. Its such a […]

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Wandering the internet as I prepare for this week’s homily has led me to find a painter named Alfred Soord (1868-1915). It would seem that Alfred is one of the few people that does not seem to have a Wikipedia page. The folks at wiki. answers however, tell us that Alfred  was a painter whose […]

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This is a second homily preparation week in a row. I have been invited to speak at the other St. Patrick’s in Toronto (you can never have too many St. Pat  about the Friends of Dismas ministry. This weekend we have the scene of Jesus telling us as his disciples that he is the good […]

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This Sunday’s Readings This weeks readings from the US Conference of Catholic Bishops, which uses the New American Bible.  (Acts 4:7-12; Psalm 118; 1 John 3:1-2; John 10:11-18) Click here for THIS SUNDAY’S  readings   The Word on Fire The Word On Fire – Fr. Robert Barron’s internet site offers many interesting insights into all […]

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(Click here for Printer Friendly Copy) It all comes back to the Upper Room. In today’s gospel from Luke, just as in last weeks from John, we are in the room where Jesus gathered his closest disciples on that Holy Thursday night. It is shortly after the death of our Lord and those who were […]

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Below is a scene we witnessed as we traveled with Jesus. Many of us might have wondered the same thing as the Pharisees; Why does Jesus keep hanging around with “THOSE” people? A second question to ponder- What did Jesus mean when he told us that he desires compassion, and not sacrifices? In case you […]

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Luke gospel for this coming weekend wraps up with these words: Then he opened their minds to understand the Scriptures. And he said to them… “You are witnesses of these things.” Here is a partial list of things we have witnessed: Jesus humbling himself to share in our humanity. He was born, lived a full […]

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The disciples are locked in the Upper Room. In the  readings below Jesus appears and greets his friends with the calming words, “peace be with you.” In Luke’s gospel this weekend, Jesus asks us a question: “Why are you troubled, and why do doubts rise in your minds? John 20:19-20  On the evening of that […]

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As I prepare this weekend’s homily I have been reflecting on last week’s Gospel reading from  John and this week’s from Luke and one thing struck me. The disciples have retreated to the safety of the Upper Room, the scene of the their Last Supper with Jesus, where they find themselves on the “horns of […]

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This Sunday’s Readings This weeks readings from the US Conference of Catholic Bishops, which uses the New American Bible.   (Acts 3:13-15, 17-19; Psalm 4; 1 John 2:1-5; Luke 24:35-48)) Click here for THIS SUNDAY’S  readings   The Word on Fire The Word On Fire – Fr. Robert Barron’s internet site offers many interesting insights […]

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  “To be in the world that God is. Here is what we seek: a compassion that can stand in awe at what the poor have to carry rather than stand in judgement of the way they carry it.- Fr. Greg Boyle , Tattoos on the Heart  

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Interesting advice from a member of the newest generation to those of further down the road of life. This is a speech written from one of my younger guest bloggers (who has her own pseudonym). Wisdom for those of us with more miles behind us than ahead and how to use our time wisely. Pay […]

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If one does away with the fact of the Resurrection, one also does away with the Cross, for both stand and fall together, and one would then have to find a new center for the whole message of the gospel. -Hans Urs von Balthasar Click here for more about Hans Urs von Balthasar    

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