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Monthly Archive for May, 2014

As I started to look into the “Gifts of the Holy Spirit” in preparation for my upcoming Pentecost homily, I was reminded that the lists of these gifts seem to differ from place to place. As I roamed the Internet, I found that there are either 7 or 9 or as many as 20 gifts […]

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Here is a story I found while wondering around the internet written by author Kent Nerburn. As you take a moment to read it I sill share the conclusion the Mr. Nerburn offers  when he observes: “We’re conditioned to think that our lives revolve around great moments. But great moments often catch us unaware, beautifully […]

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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   The Word on Fire The Word On Fire – Fr. Robert Barron’s internet site offers many interesting insights into all things Catholic. Fr. Barron has a full library of […]

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One of master Gasan’s monks visited the university in Tokyo. When he returned, he asked the master if he had ever read the Christian Bible. “No,” Gasan replied, “Please read some of it to me.” The monk opened the Bible to the Sermon on the Mount in St. Matthew, and began reading. After reading Christ’s […]

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Once upon a time there was an old farmer who had worked his crops for many years. One day his horse ran away. Upon hearing the news, his neighbors came to visit. “Such bad luck,” they said sympathetically. “Maybe,” the farmer replied. The next morning the horse returned, bringing with it three other wild horses. […]

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This Sunday: Sixth Sunday of Easter

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. Fr. […]

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“No daylight to separate us. Only kinship. Inching ourselves closer to creating a community of kinship such that God might recognize it. Soon we imagine, with God, this circle of compassion. Then we imagine no one standing outside of that circle, moving ourselves closer to the margins so that the margins themselves will be erased. […]

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“Here is what we seek: a compassion that can stand in awe at what the poor have to carry rather than stand in judgment at how they carry it.”― Gregory Boyle, Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion Below is a story of compassion and empathy. I have had the honour of knowing […]

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This Sunday: Fifth Sunday of Easter

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. Fr. […]

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Watching God finish the creation of Mother, the angel bent over and ran her finger across the cheek of the fresh creation. “There’s a leak,” the angel pronounced. “I told you you were trying to push too much into this model.” “It’s not a leak,” said the God. “It’s a tear.” “What’s it for?” “It’s […]

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To forgive is to set a prisoner free and discover that the prisoner was you. Lewis B. Smedes To forgive is to set a prisoner free and discover that the prisoner was you.  

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I have been a participant this week in several funerals for people who lived well into their 80s and some into their 90s. If you were born in 1924 here are a few things that happened: January 21 – following the death of Vladimir Lenin, Joseph Stalin immediately begins to purge his rivals to clear […]

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Here is a prayer composed by Bishop Ken Untener of Saginaw in honour of Bishop Oscar Romero. For those involved in outreach ministry of any type to the marginalized it is a wonderful reminder of why we are called and perhaps more importantly what we are not called to do. A Step Along the Way […]

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