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One of my favorite authors tells a story about his early experiences in school. He was a creative child with boundless energy. He was the type of kid many teachers just did not know what to do with, as he did not fit the mold of the “model student”. One day this young writer to […]

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The title of my last homily was “Where have all the demons gone.” In the readings for that Sunday, the apostles were upset because there are others outside of the chosen few who were claiming to cast out demons in Jesus’ name. It occurred to me that there seemed to be demons on every street […]

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How many of you know what you were doing during the evening of April 17th of this year? If I told you that April 17th was a Thursday night this might help a bit, but if I added the word, Holy in front of Thursday that would assist some of you because on Thursday April […]

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Click here for printer friendly copy. When I get a chance to speak to faith groups, and I would count you folks here today as people of faith, I often like to ask two questions: 1) Do you believe everything Jesus teaches in the New Testament? 2) Do you have an unwavering and certain faith? […]

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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 for a printer friendly copy. Let me start by making a confession. It is advent after all and a time of preparation, and I have been carrying this secret with me since childhood, and it is time to get it off my back. Since grade school, I have never liked the character of […]

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Every year at many Catholic churches there are small faith groups meeting  and exploring the Rite of Christian Initiation  of Adults (RCIA) . I had the had the honor of being with the RCIA group at St. Patrick’s Parish and talk about –The last 4 (+1) things- the topics of Death, Judgment, Heaven, Hell & […]

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Click here for a Printer Friendly copy. Today we celebrate the Solemnity of Christ the King, which means advent is up next. Advent is that time of preparation for the “incarnation” of God. The Incarnation is defined by the Catholic Encyclopedia as a mystery, and the dogma of the Word made Flesh. Perhaps an easier […]

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I stumbled across Rev. Mark Roberts a few years ago when I was working on a version of the Stations of the Cross from the perspective of Dismas the Good Thief. He was gracious enough, along with his wife Linda, to allow us to use Linda’s paintings of the biblical stations for this work. Here […]

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“[The] wonderful irony at the heart of the Christian proclamation: the King of the Universe is a crucified criminal, who utterly spends himself in love.” Fr. Robert Barron    

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As I prepare for the homily this weekend I am struck by the “last words of Christ” as the gospel is Luke’s famous encounter between Jesus and the penitent thief- St. Dismas- when our Lord promises this convicted criminal that “today you will be with me in paradise.” Two other scenes that may be a […]

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Then [the criminal] said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.” He replied to him, “Amen, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise.”

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Please click here for a printer friendly copy. I was sitting with a friend of mine at a Dismas Fellowship dinner a while back and I was watching him try on a new pair of shoes. Bobby (not his real name), is a gentle giant of a man. His feet are size 16 and 4E […]

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Click here for a Printer Friendly Copy.  “So what do we do now?” This Sunday we celebrate the Solemnity of the Ascension of Our Lord. This is a special weekend to preach on this topic here at St. Patrick’s because of our large stain glass window that depicts this event in living and vibrant colour. […]

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