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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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In case you wanted to watch this year’s National Catholic Mission you can see it below along with a description of “Why giving our death’s away” might just be our final and greatest gift!   Father Henri Nouwen was a Catholic priest, a University professor and one of the best known spiritual writers of the […]

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The last time I was the homilist on Good Friday I shared with you that when I was a kid, yes there was a time when I was young, I hated Good Friday more than any other day of the year. Think about it. You get the day off school but back in the 1960’s […]

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Well I have returned from a long nap. It seems I have had a number of these over the past several years so let’s see if I can get back on the road of wandering around the internet. I have a new job as the Executive Director of the National Catholic Broadcasting Council (NCBC) so […]

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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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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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Read it through to the end, it gets better as you go! I’ve learned that I like my teacher because she cries when we sings “Silent Night”. Age 5 I’ve learned that our dog doesn’t want to eat my broccoli either. Age 7 I’ve learned that when I wave to people in the country, they […]

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We had a prolonged blackout just around Christmas time which was the result of a massive tree killing ice storm. Here is a scene that likely took place in households across the affected areas: We had a power outage at the house this morning and my PC, laptop, TV, DVD, iPad & my new surround […]

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I am testing some new software that I hope will make it easier to post using my iPad.

If we pause to look beneath the surface of a few of Francis’ most celebrated moments, his challenge is clear.

When he embraced the young man with severe disabilities, he was calling on the world to change its approach to how we value human life by putting the most vulnerable at the center. To do so, each of us needs to become more vulnerable ourselves. That’s not easy or comfortable.

When he washed the feet of a Muslim convict, he was calling on the world to end the scourge of discrimination. To do so, each of us needs to face our own prejudices, be they ethnic, social or personal — and most prejudices are deeper than many of us care to admit.

When he invited the homeless to his home for his birthday, Francis was calling on the world to end the gulf that separates those who have from those who have almost nothing. To do so, the guest list at almost every party in Washington would have to change. Those who have no need for power over others should have an urgent longing to welcome those who are victims of power. Most of us have a lot of work to do to achieve that level of solidarity.

The initial praise for Francis may not endure. Prophets often enjoy popularity until people hear the full depth of their challenge. People on the political right are already distrustful because the pope, like many mystics, seems to be abandoning certainty and trusting in the spirit that “blows where it will.” Order and control are at risk. The layers of conformity are being peeled away and what might emerge is uncertain.

But the left should be equally nervous because the spirit also invites a firm faith in the divine. It is not elitist. It is not arrogant. It does not come with doctorates in policy and economics and the sciences. It dethrones every kind of power. Its only principle is life—the more vulnerable the more beautiful. It only makes sense with an embrace of faith.

It is that faith in the goodness of God and that freedom in the spirit that are at the heart of Francis’ example—the man of God who embraces those with disabilities, those with no home, those who are strangers among us. Beware, lest we miss the full challenge to each of us of a faith like his.

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Prayer for Homeless People

Hear our prayer today for all women and men, boys and girls who are homeless this day. For those sleeping under bridges, on park benches, in doorways or bus stations. For those who can only find shelter for the night but must wander in the daytime. For families broken because they could not afford to […]

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Road Trip-2014

As the Willie Nelson song says- I am on the road again. You may or may not have noticed I have not posted this week.  The family has loaded up our new van and we are on the real road for the next few weeks. Why are we travelling at this time of year? 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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Robert Emmons, perhaps the world’s leading scientific expert on gratitude, argues that gratitude has two key components, which he describes in a Greater Good essay, “Why Gratitude Is Good.” Check out his introduction to why being grateful is one of the first stets on the road to happiness: (Click here for the complete article and […]

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This week’s gospel finds Jesus teaching us with a parable that some scholars call the Parable of the Persistent Widow. It starts this way: “Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up. He said: “In a certain town there was not a judge who […]

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