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Sometimes change is just to hard- Goodbye to the Twinkee and of course Twinkee the Kid.

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In the gospel story for this week a young man of good character rushes up to Jesus to proudly proclaim all he had done in the name of God. I can imagine a smile appearing on the face of this  young person as he waits for a pat on the back. Instead we are told […]

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We have left behind the liturgical seasons of Lent (Purple), Easter & Solemnities (White) and Pentecost (Red), and we find ourselves back, as the Irish like to say, to the wearing of the green of Ordinary time. What happens during these most ordinary of times? One answer to this question is that it is in […]

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I have been spending a good deal of my time lately thinking about what the next steps for the small charity I am involved with, the Friends of Dismas, should be and how do we go forward. I came across this interesting TEDtalks presentation called: Designing for Generosity. The concept is called Gift-iv-ism: the practice […]

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As you look out over a congregation gathered for Sunday worship have you ever asked yourself the question- where have all the people gone? An equally important question for the leadership of these half-empty Christian Churches to ask is- Why have they left? Some time ago I linked to a talk given by Fr. Ron […]

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(Please click here for Printer friendly copy.) This past weekend I had the opportunity to speak the folks at St. Patrick’s Church in Mississauga. They are a warm and welcoming community. We are hopeful that a Friends of Dismas Ministry will take root in the parish under the leadership of Deacon Silverio. Here is the […]

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Wandering the internet as I prepare for this week’s homily has led me to find a painter named Alfred Soord (1868-1915). It would seem that Alfred is one of the few people that does not seem to have a Wikipedia page. The folks at wiki. answers however, tell us that Alfred  was a painter whose […]

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(Click here for Printer Friendly Copy) It all comes back to the Upper Room. In today’s gospel from Luke, just as in last weeks from John, we are in the room where Jesus gathered his closest disciples on that Holy Thursday night. It is shortly after the death of our Lord and those who were […]

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Luke gospel for this coming weekend wraps up with these words: Then he opened their minds to understand the Scriptures. And he said to them… “You are witnesses of these things.” Here is a partial list of things we have witnessed: Jesus humbling himself to share in our humanity. He was born, lived a full […]

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The disciples are locked in the Upper Room. In the  readings below Jesus appears and greets his friends with the calming words, “peace be with you.” In Luke’s gospel this weekend, Jesus asks us a question: “Why are you troubled, and why do doubts rise in your minds? John 20:19-20  On the evening of that […]

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As I prepare this weekend’s homily I have been reflecting on last week’s Gospel reading from  John and this week’s from Luke and one thing struck me. The disciples have retreated to the safety of the Upper Room, the scene of the their Last Supper with Jesus, where they find themselves on the “horns of […]

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Interesting advice from a member of the newest generation to those of further down the road of life. This is a speech written from one of my younger guest bloggers (who has her own pseudonym). Wisdom for those of us with more miles behind us than ahead and how to use our time wisely. Pay […]

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On this Easter Sunday I am reflecting on life, death and new life. It has been a busy and  hectic week. In the church business this is the big one. It begins with Holy Thursday, Good Friday, which included a powerful evening celebration of the Way of the Cross with the Good Thief at the […]

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When buying your senior citizen family members a new gadget- like an iPad- never assume they will read the directions. The video is in German but you will see this common mistake can happen in almost any country.  

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Looking up to God by reaching down is the title I have chosen for today’s homily. Many people pray by looking up to heaven. There is nothing wrong with this. However, we often fail to realize that our God is all around us and to see him we may well have to reach down with […]

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