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Note: At the end of this homily there is a request of the parishioners of St. Patrick’s to participate in the Out of the Cold and Friends of Dismas cooking programs. We far exceeded our needs and I want to thank the “Labourers” of St. Patrick’s for their kindness and generosity. Of Parables and Paradox […]

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Sister Barbara Reid, OP, is a Dominican Sister of Grand Rapids, Michigan. She holds a PhD in Biblical Studies from The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC and is professor of New Testament and vice president and academic dean at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago. She has authored a number of books and has […]

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Rev. James Kubicki, SJ, is the National Director of the Apostleship of Prayer. I stumbled across this site when looking for some material on this week’s gospel. i fond Fr. Kubicki’s reflections to be thoughtful and to the point. In his conclusion, Fr. Kubicki asks a key question: “Heaven is a gift from our Father- […]

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I was golfing, well I was walking around the golf course randomly hitting the ball, and I ran into my friend Chuck McCarthy. Chuck has been a deacon for many years and he was telling me about his latest homily. Chuck is a guy who has served his community with all of his heart over […]

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      Twenty-First Sunday Ordinary Time Year A What does it take to be a member of Christ’s church? I have shared with you that if I could only take one of the four gospels with me to a desert island it would be Matthew. If I had one question for the author of […]

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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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A person close to me who knew I was preaching this weekend approached me and shared that the last line of this gospel reading was one of her favorites in all of the New Testament- ” And behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age.” I started to reflect on the […]

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Regular visitors will know that each week (usually on Tuesday’s) I do my best to post a series of links to items that will help us prepare for the coming Sunday’s readings. One of the experts I call upon is Fr. Scott Lewis who writes each week for the Catholic Register. Fr. Lewis’ column is […]

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The Easter Triduum refers to the three days where we come together as a Christian family to remember the passion of the Lord and celebrate the resurrection on the third day. It is also a time for us Catholics to welcome new members into the community at the Easter Vigil which takes place after sunset […]

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You just have to love Matthew’s gospel. One of the reasons is Matthew 5 which a young parishioner from St. Patrick’s took to a new level in this beautiful speech she wrote. Her pen name is “Liagiba”- how cool is that to have a pen name at age 12. Next time this gospel comes up […]

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Several years back HBO produced a series called ROME. I bring this to your attention with a bit of trepidation as this version of the story of Rome is violent, raunchy (to say the least), contains strong language and is not to be confused in any way with movies like The Greatest Story Ever Told. […]

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The Three Great Temptations

Undertaking our Lenten journey starts with the three temptations of Jesus in the desert. Here is Matthew’s Account of these temptations- we will look at them on more detail in the days ahead. Take a moment- read the passage slowly and see how Jesus is tempted by the devil the same way we are all […]

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For my friends at St. Patrick’s and other travelers here is what I meant to say in my homily this past weekend which was the 8th Sunday of Ordinary Time. Since I stopped using notes while delivering the homily each one is a bit different and it even surprises me what actually comes out at […]

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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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