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Monthly Archive for September, 2012

A friend of mine sent me this after my last homily. Should I read something into that?   A member of a certain church, who previously had been attending services regularly, stopped going.  After a few weeks, the pastor decided to visit him. It was a chilly evening.. The pastor found the man at home […]

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On my son’s birthday this poster reminds me of him. I can see him doing this on a test. It is not the answer the teacher was looking for but technically I think you can not say it is incorrect. Happy Birthday Son and keep them smiling!!! There are times when the “right” answers are […]

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This Sunday’s Readings This weeks readings from the US Conference of Catholic Bishops, which uses the New American Bible. 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year B)  (Numbers 11:25-29; Psalm 19; James 5:1-6; Mark 9:38-43, 45, 47-48) Click here for THIS SUNDAY’S  readings   The Word on Fire The Word On Fire – Fr. Robert Barron’s […]

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Click Here for a Printer-friendly copy: 25th Sunday of Ordinary Time Year B The following story comes from the book the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. Dr. Stephen Covey uses this well know tale as an illustration of what he calls principles or the natural laws of life. It is a true story told […]

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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. This is a re-post of an earlier series on the 7 deadly sins and 7 virtues. The link below is about Pride vs. Humility which is a  theme for this […]

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Preparing for the homily this week takes me back to the Wisdom of Mother Teresa and a quote I have often used: “Let us touch the dying, the poor, the lonely and the unwanted according to the graces we have received and let us not be ashamed or slow to do the humble work.” Sometimes […]

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I have had the good luck lately  of returning to the writings of one of my mentors- Dr. Stephen Covey. I first ‘met’ Dr. Covey when I purchased his book called the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People 25 years ago when it is originally  published. I have been using the concepts taught by Covey […]

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This Sunday’s Readings This weeks readings from the US Conference of Catholic Bishops, which uses the New American Bible. 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year B)  (Wisdom 2:12, 17-20; Psalm 54; James 3:16-4:3; Mark 9:30-37) Click here for THIS SUNDAY’S  readings   The Word on Fire The Word On Fire – Fr. Robert Barron’s internet […]

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It is the start of my first homily week in quite some time. When the readings get posted tomorrow you will see that the gospel focuses on the apostles and their  argument about which one of them is the greatest. To start our reflections I thought I would see what my friend Henri Nouwen has […]

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A bit of wisdom for a friend of mine who often finds it difficult to deal with difficult people: A wise man is superior to any insults which can be put upon him, and the best reply to unseemly behavior is patience and moderation. Jean-Baptiste Poquelin, (Molière)

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Ford on Failure

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This Sunday’s Readings This weeks readings from the US Conference of Catholic Bishops, which uses the New American Bible. 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year B) (Isaiah 50:5-9; Psalm 116; James 2:14-18; Mark 8:27-35) Click here for THIS SUNDAY’S  readings   The Word on Fire The Word On Fire – Fr. Robert Barron’s internet site […]

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When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say, ‘I used everything you gave me’.  Erma Bombeck

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Back to School

Today I started a brand new adventure- teaching in a community college. I will let you know from time to time how this journey is going and perhaps some new ideas we find along the way. It is billed as a Sales and Marketing course, but in reality, it is a class on life since […]

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