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Matthew 26:36-41 “Then Jesus came with them to a place called Gethsemane, and he said to his disciples, “Sit here while I go over there and pray.” He took along Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and began to feel sorrow and distress. Then he said to them, “My soul is sorrowful even to […]

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Dear Friends, My name is Dismas – that is not my real name mind you but it is the one I now go by as it was given to me by my good friend Jesus. You see I am what was known as a bad seed by many. I had a rough childhood – my […]

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Looking for a new way to experience the Stations of the Cross in  preparation for  the Passion of our Lord? Several years ago a man serving time in the Kingston Penitentiary wrote reflections on the Stations of the Cross from the view point of Dismas – The Good Thief. Starting Today and continuing through to […]

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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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Charlie is a man I only met once. His story, and the story of a small group that came to be know as Charlie’s Angels will be a part of the homily this weekend. This is a tribute from Les Horne, one of those who befriended Charlie,  given at Charlie’s memorial service. Its such a […]

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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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Below is this week’s gospel Mark 1:40-45 about the healing of the man with leprosy. It is a story that appears is all of the Synoptic Gospels. Below is a post I did a while ago of a of Phillip Yancey talking about his modern day experience with a person who has leprosy. It is […]

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Luke Chapter 5:12-13 is the story about Jesus’ encounter with a man who had leprosy. For me this chapter has always been at the very core of the way Jesus taught- not simply with words but also with actions. While Jesus was in one of the towns, a man came along who was covered with […]

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This week we started our new season of meetings for our local St. Patrick’s Friends of Dismas group. Each month we gather and reflect on our call to minister to people touched by crime. This year we will be exploring what it means to live a life of compassion one of the great virtues. Each […]

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I was taking to a friend of mine and he told me about this interesting program hosted by Lorna Dueck called Listen Up. I wandered on over to their website and found a show they had recently aired called Canada’s Prison Plan. Below is one of the  segments that talks about crime and punishment from […]

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It has been a fascinating week. Preparing for the homily, dealing with our preoccupation with sin and hell  and a chance to appear on TV. When my friend Pedro Guevara Mann who works at Salt + Light TV, called and asked if I would appear on his show called Perspectives along with  my brother in […]

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It was almost seven years ago when I first met my friend Don. He was finishing up his latest stretch in a federal penitentiary and had been released to a halfway house. Don would be the first ex-prisoner I would meet and walk with as I prepared for my ministry work with the Friends of […]

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Click here for a Print Copy of this Homily for the The Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ Homily- Solemnity of Christ the King When I looked at the Gospel story for today, I thought to myself this is no mere coincidence that I am preaching this weekend. Today we celebrate the Solemnity […]

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As I settled on a final theme for this week’s homily I “borrowed” once again from Fr. Robert Barron. This line from the description of his latest homily, summed up this feast day perfectly when he said that today’s gospel shows…[the] “wonderful irony … at the heart of the Christian proclamation: the King of the […]

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I find that when I imagine myself as part of the gospel story I am impacted in different ways. In Luke’s story of the final moments of the crucifixion it may be easy for many of us to put ourselves into the place of Dismas the Good Thief. In times of great stress and difficulty, […]

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