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Category Archive for 'Reflections from the Pulpit – Wandering with Deacon Mike'

The last time I was with you I told you about a priest, an evangelist, and a minister who had serious racoon problems in their respective churches. Today we find the same three in a rowboat in the middle of a pond fishing. None of them had caught anything all morning. Then the evangelist stands […]

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In a small town, there were three Christian churches. There was an Evangelical, Baptist and a Catholic Church. The ministers and priest met once a year to have dinner and to talk about their ministry. Racoons had set up home in their respective church attics. The decided to meet next year and compare notes on […]

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Hi Folks- I have been away from posting for quite sometime and hope to return soon. I gave a homily on the weekend and talk about our trip through Ordinary time since the end of the Easter Season. I have put together this Photo Album of our trip and a few people asked me to […]

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The title of my last homily was “Where have all the demons gone.” In the readings for that Sunday, the apostles were upset because there are others outside of the chosen few who were claiming to cast out demons in Jesus’ name. It occurred to me that there seemed to be demons on every street […]

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“Teacher, we saw someone driving out demons in your name, and we tried to prevent him because he does not follow us.” Jesus replied, “Do not prevent him. There is no one who performs a mighty deed in my name who can at the same time speak ill of me. Mark Chapter 9 I have […]

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This weekend in my homily I am remembering the story of my friend Gordie and his fight with the demon of shame. Here is a short video that deals with some of his demons and how a few folks, like the “unauthorized” breakaway disciple in the Gospel for this weekend, helped Gordie to a enjoy […]

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The traditional view of the table of the last supper:                         Another way to look at it:

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Hi folks- I have been away wandering as any good itinerant would do and have not been posting for sometime. I will spare you all the details except to say thanks to those who sent me some notes wondering if I had fallen of the edge of the world. I haven’t and as tie permits […]

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I was wandering around the Internet the other day and came upon a story that is supposedly told by one of this past century’s great philosophers- John Lennon of Beatle’s fame. In this short quote, he tells us the most important life lesson his mother ever taught him. “When I was 5 years old, my […]

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Thanks to everyone who has been dropping by to see if I am alive. I have been away just wandering (Wow where did that 4 months go? ) as any good itinerant would do but I am back for now anyway. To be honest I need a place to post a video for a homily […]

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How many of you have seen the movie Forrest Gump? Made 20 years ago the movie focused on a man who had a unique quality. He always told the truth. It follows his life from childhood where things were not easy for Forrest because he was different. As a young man, he joins the US […]

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Several months ago, I had the opportunity to preach about the apostle we affectionately call doubting Thomas. After the homily, an interesting thing started to happen to me. Several people came into my life after the homily, and they all seemed to have the same basic question which circles around the idea of doubting God […]

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How many of you know what you were doing during the evening of April 17th of this year? If I told you that April 17th was a Thursday night this might help a bit, but if I added the word, Holy in front of Thursday that would assist some of you because on Thursday April […]

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As Pentecost approaches Pope Francis has been using his Wednesday general audiences as an opportunity to talk about the gifts of the Holy Spirit. The clips below highlight his teaching on what is perhaps the most misunderstood gift- Piety. The first video is a news report about the audience that captures a few snippets of […]

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