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Monthly Archive for December, 2013

I remember giving a presentation a while back and at the break, a person came up to me and asked why I seemed to use only abstract or “iconic” (if that is the right word) pictures of Christ. In all honesty, this was a subconscious choice on my part. The more I thought about it the […]

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The Thai telecommunications conglomerate True is getting rave reviews worldwide for its latest spot, “Giving,” which tells the story of a man unexpectedly rewarded for a lifetime of good deeds he performed without expecting anything in return.

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I was talking to some folks close to me on Boxing Day, and the subject got around to the importance of “truth telling”. It seems that in families, the truth is often sacrificed for a number of reasons. Some of them are at least noble, in principle anyway (i.e. not wanting to make others feel […]

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This is a re-post from last Christmas Eve, when  I shared the following about  my favorite movies about the season. It is  A Christmas Carol, the story ofMr. Ebenezer Scrooge written by Charles Dickens in 1843 during the industrial revolution in England. It was a dirty era and the plight of the poor was desperate. […]

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A Charlie Brown Christmas is a classic to be sure. If you have never experienced Charlie Brown’s Christmas it is well worth it. In the clip below young Linus explains what Christmas is all about to a very disheartened Charlie Brown.

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Squish the Fish

This Sunday the forecast for Buffalo New York has ranged from 40 cm of snow to the upside of massive flooding. A few weeks back I made a promise to go to the Buffalo Bills football game against the hated Miami Dolphins with my son. Regardless of the forecast I guess a promise is a […]

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Happiness 101-Unknown

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This Sunday’s Readings This weeks readings from the US Conference of Catholic Bishops, which uses the New American Bible. Click here for THIS SUNDAY’s  readings Click to Listen to THIS SUNDAY’s readings   The Word on Fire The Word On Fire – Fr. Robert Barron’s internet site offers many interesting insights into all things Catholic. […]

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I had the opportunity to speak to a group of high school students at a symposium organized by my Alma mater Brebeuf College.  It is hard for me to believe that it has been 40 years since I graduated from Brebeuf. Where did the 40 years go? I invited them to drop by the website […]

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Click here for a printer friendly copy. Let me start by making a confession. It is advent after all and a time of preparation, and I have been carrying this secret with me since childhood, and it is time to get it off my back. Since grade school, I have never liked the character of […]

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There is a good reason to ask this question. In Matthew Chapter 3 we see John preaching at his fiery best: I am baptizing you with water, for repentance, but the one who is coming after me is mightier than I. I am not worthy to carry his sandals. He will baptize you with the […]

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Every new liturgical year I keep coming back to Dr. Alexander Shaia’s book theThe Hidden Power of the Gospels. 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 […]

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As we get ready for the homily this weekend- and running a bit behind in preparation. I stumbled across this video from the Reverend Dr. Timothy Coombs. It looks like the folks at   Trinity Presbyterian Church in New York State have some pretty interesting vignettes on some of the key folks in the bible. Here […]

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This Sunday’s Readings This weeks readings from the US Conference of Catholic Bishops, which uses the New American Bible. Click here for THIS SUNDAY’s  readings Click to Listen to THIS SUNDAY’s readings   The Word on Fire The Word On Fire – Fr. Robert Barron’s internet site offers many interesting insights into all things Catholic. […]

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“To the degree that we accept that through Christ we ourselves have been reconciled with God we can be messengers of reconciliation for others.  Essential to the work of reconciliation is a nonjudgmental presence.  We are not sent to the world to judge, to condemn, to evaluate, to classify, or to label.  When we walk […]

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