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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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My friend Bill Radigan is a fellow deacon who has chosen to walk with those touch by crime as part of the Friends of Dismas ministry. Below is a homily he recently preached that focuses on a number of interactions he has had with folks on the margins of our society. It speaks to the […]

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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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This video is a bit longer than what I usually post but if you have 12 minutes this is well worth your time. At age 108, Holocaust survivor Alice Herz Sommer still practices piano for 3 hours every day. At age 104, she had a book written about her life: “A Garden Of Eden In […]

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We have left behind the liturgical seasons of Lent (Purple), Easter & Solemnities (White) and Pentecost (Red), and we find ourselves back, as the Irish like to say, to the wearing of the green of Ordinary time. What happens during these most ordinary of times? One answer to this question is that it is in […]

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Preparing for this weekend’s homily it seems to me that the  theme of the gospel swirls around the sending of the apostles: Jesus summoned the Twelve and began to send them out two by two and gave them authority over unclean spirits. and we find out  at the end of this week’s gospel that they […]

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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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(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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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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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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I was searching for a story of discipleship that would help bring the point of the homily into better focus. By coincidence I was reading a book by Karen Armstrong on the subject of compassion and I stumbled across Christina Noble. I have no idea if she is a Christian. I have searched the web […]

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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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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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