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Canada is on a march to increased minimum sentences. The mood for taking discretion out of the hands of judges is stronger than ever especially with some highly controversial decisions  of late. Here is a story that at least should give us some cause to wonder if we are doing the right thing. Everyone’s story […]

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Our world can at times seem to be a place that has lost all hope. We arrived home on Friday evening with the news of another senseless tragedy at a school in a peaceful town where these types of things are not supposed to happen. What makes the impact of this event so great is […]

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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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(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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Below is a scene we witnessed as we traveled with Jesus. Many of us might have wondered the same thing as the Pharisees; Why does Jesus keep hanging around with “THOSE” people? A second question to ponder- What did Jesus mean when he told us that he desires compassion, and not sacrifices? In case you […]

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  “To be in the world that God is. Here is what we seek: a compassion that can stand in awe at what the poor have to carry rather than stand in judgement of the way they carry it.- Fr. Greg Boyle , Tattoos on the Heart  

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Good Friday 2012 Homily (Please Click here for Printer Friendly copy) In March, I celebrated the 50th anniversary of my 8th birthday. I have been carrying a secret with me for most of these 50 years, and today I would like to share it with you as a confession of sorts. For most of my […]

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Forgiveness is not easy and not always possible. Reconciliation is a different action and not always possible. Here is a story of both and a lesson of how one moves on with life after a devastating loss.

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One of the truly amazing gifts of being Catholic is the rich theology and teachings we have been given through the years about the Blessed Virgin Mary. Through the ages we have come to understand the role of Mary through the teachings of the Church, by numerous masterpieces of art and in a special way […]

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Here is a comment I received about my November 20th Homily: Lord when did we see you!. The e-mail below is responding to my story about Nancy, a young woman who did time for a car crash that left a young mother dead. Dear Deacon Mike, I have to say your homily on Nov 20 […]

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Many of us are familiar with the book Dead Man Walking written by Sr. Helen Prejean and portrayed dramatically in a movie starring Sean Penn and Susan Sarandon. The clip below is an interview with Debbie Morris who is a survivor of an attack by Robert Willie, one of the men Sr. Helen walked with  […]

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For those dropping by either by accident or because you are members of St. Patrick’s and want to follow-up on some of the topics I referenced in the homily, here is a summary of recent posts you may want to check out: Middle-Aged Catholics: Missing in Action? What did Jesus really teach? What did Jesus […]

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Matthew- what did you mean by these 12 words? These 12 words from this weekend’s reading may have led to the creation of more theology, more dogmatic discussion and disputes than any other passage in the New Testament. What is interesting is that this story is one of the few that is documented in all […]

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