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Tag Archive 'Reflections from the Pulpit – Wandering with Deacon Mike'

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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“Teacher, we saw someone driving out demons in your name, and we tried to prevent him because he does not follow us.” Jesus replied, “Do not prevent him. There is no one who performs a mighty deed in my name who can at the same time speak ill of me. Mark Chapter 9 I have […]

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This weekend in my homily I am remembering the story of my friend Gordie and his fight with the demon of shame. Here is a short video that deals with some of his demons and how a few folks, like the “unauthorized” breakaway disciple in the Gospel for this weekend, helped Gordie to a enjoy […]

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The traditional view of the table of the last supper:                         Another way to look at it:

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Hi folks- I have been away wandering as any good itinerant would do and have not been posting for sometime. I will spare you all the details except to say thanks to those who sent me some notes wondering if I had fallen of the edge of the world. I haven’t and as tie permits […]

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I was wandering around the Internet the other day and came upon a story that is supposedly told by one of this past century’s great philosophers- John Lennon of Beatle’s fame. In this short quote, he tells us the most important life lesson his mother ever taught him. “When I was 5 years old, my […]

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How many of you have seen the movie Forrest Gump? Made 20 years ago the movie focused on a man who had a unique quality. He always told the truth. It follows his life from childhood where things were not easy for Forrest because he was different. As a young man, he joins the US […]

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Several months ago, I had the opportunity to preach about the apostle we affectionately call doubting Thomas. After the homily, an interesting thing started to happen to me. Several people came into my life after the homily, and they all seemed to have the same basic question which circles around the idea of doubting God […]

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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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There seems to be many different interpretations of what the various gifts of the Holy Spirit are and what they mean and how we might use them in our lives as followers of the Christ. One curious thing about our God is that he gives these gifts freely, and he leaves it up to us […]

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As I started to look into the “Gifts of the Holy Spirit” in preparation for my upcoming Pentecost homily, I was reminded that the lists of these gifts seem to differ from place to place. As I roamed the Internet, I found that there are either 7 or 9 or as many as 20 gifts […]

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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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When I was much younger, I was fascinated by James Burke and his quirky show called Connections. He had a unique way to answer the question: How did we get here? Wherever here might be. I will be giving the homily on Holy Thursday and for some reason, James Burke came into my mind as […]

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I am just back from an extended car trip with my family. We drove about 4,000 km in total and many times had to find our way around an unfamiliar territory. Several years ago, we bought ourselves one of the newest toys on the market called a Global Positioning System or GPS for short. This […]

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I have been a Catholic all my life. It is all I really know, and I am sure that there are many aspects of being RC that I have long ago simply taken for granted. As I reflected on this question, the answer started to become clear. I would miss the sacraments. As Catholics, we […]

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