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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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There seems to be many different interpretations of what the various gifts of the Holy Spirit are and what they mean and how we might use them in our lives as followers of the Christ. One curious thing about our God is that he gives these gifts freely, and he leaves it up to us […]

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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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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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“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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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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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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A special friend sent me this and it has some thoughtful images about a life worth sharing. Life is like a journey on a train…with its stations…with changes of routes…and with accidents! At birth we boarded the train and met our parents, and we believe they will always travel on our side. However, at some […]

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While I was wandering around the Internet this week preparing for my homily, I stumbled across this article in The Catholic World Report with the above-noted title. The author started this article with this observation about faith from Pope Francis at last summer’s World Youth Day: Papa Francisco is full of surprises….This This summer; he […]

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Click here to listen to Kelley Mooney’s story about how she came to write  this version of Hallelujah using the music of Leonard Cohen. She adapted it to tell the story of the Passion and Resurrection. (Sorry you will have skip the ad that proceeds the video.) The lyrics are below: “Hallelujah”  adapted by Kelly […]

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They are assembled around him, troubled and confused. He seems withdrawn, as if, strangely, he were flowing past those to whom he had belonged. The old aloneness comes over him. It had prepared him for his deep work. Now once again he will go out to the olive groves. Now those who love him will […]

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Pope Francis early in his pontificate  decided to let both his words and actions speak. Many of the faithful were shocked when he left the walls of the Vatican on Holy Thursday to wash the feet of young prisoners. The shock was even more seismic in nature because he washed the feet of a Muslim […]

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