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

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I am just back from an extended car trip with my family. We drove about 4,000 km in total and many times had to find our way around an unfamiliar territory. Several years ago, we bought ourselves one of the newest toys on the market called a Global Positioning System or GPS for short. This […]

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There are a many things that are important if one is to truly understand the teachings of Jesus the Christ. One of those is that we need to become comfortable with metaphors. Here is one definition of the word “metaphor”: Here are a few metaphors Jesus uses to describe the Kingdom of Heaven: ·       A […]

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Matthew 3:13-17: The Baptism of Jesus 13 Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to be baptized by John. 14 But John tried to deter him, saying, “I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?” 15 Jesus replied, “Let it be so now; it is proper for us to do this to […]

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304. What is a sacrament according to the Baltimore Catechism A sacrament is an outward sign instituted by Christ to give grace. 1131. What is a sacrament according to the Catechism of the Catholic Church The sacraments are efficacious signs of grace, instituted by Christ and entrusted to the Church, by which divine life is […]

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The Baltimore Catechism Revised Edition (1941) 304. What is a sacrament? A sacrament is an outward sign instituted by Christ to give grace. 305. How many sacraments are there? There are seven sacraments: Baptism, Confirmation, Holy Eucharist, Penance, Anointing of the Sick, Holy Orders, and Matrimony. 315. What is Baptism? Baptism is the sacrament that […]

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I posted this last year right at this time as I prepared for the homily on the Baptism of the Lord. It seems like a good way to begin this week’s reflections by taking a trip back in time to define what we mean by baptism. Those of us old enough will remember, with either […]

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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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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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Click here for a Printer Friendly copy. Today we celebrate the Solemnity of Christ the King, which means advent is up next. Advent is that time of preparation for the “incarnation” of God. The Incarnation is defined by the Catholic Encyclopedia as a mystery, and the dogma of the Word made Flesh. Perhaps an easier […]

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I stumbled across Rev. Mark Roberts a few years ago when I was working on a version of the Stations of the Cross from the perspective of Dismas the Good Thief. He was gracious enough, along with his wife Linda, to allow us to use Linda’s paintings of the biblical stations for this work. Here […]

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“[The] wonderful irony at the heart of the Christian proclamation: the King of the Universe is a crucified criminal, who utterly spends himself in love.” Fr. Robert Barron    

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(Please Click here for a Printer Friendly copy) Today’s gospel starts with the words: Jesus told his disciples a parable. The parable is one of the primary ways Jesus teaches his disciples. Jesus rarely provides a detailed explanation of the exact message of these stories. This means that they are often open to a wide […]

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The gospel this weekend starts with these words: “Jesus told his disciples a parable about the necessity for them to pray always without becoming weary.” So why did Jesus use parables? What are parables? The definition below is from Fr. Felix Just, S.J., Ph.D. and if you click here you will see his complete listing […]

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