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Pope Francis early in his pontificate  decided to let both his words and actions speak. Many of the faithful were shocked when he left the walls of the Vatican on Holy Thursday to wash the feet of young prisoners. The shock was even more seismic in nature because he washed the feet of a Muslim […]

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Matthew 3:13-17: The Baptism of Jesus 13 Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to be baptized by John. 14 But John tried to deter him, saying, “I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?” 15 Jesus replied, “Let it be so now; it is proper for us to do this to […]

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304. What is a sacrament according to the Baltimore Catechism A sacrament is an outward sign instituted by Christ to give grace. 1131. What is a sacrament according to the Catechism of the Catholic Church The sacraments are efficacious signs of grace, instituted by Christ and entrusted to the Church, by which divine life is […]

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I posted this last year right at this time as I prepared for the homily on the Baptism of the Lord. It seems like a good way to begin this week’s reflections by taking a trip back in time to define what we mean by baptism. Those of us old enough will remember, with either […]

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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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I was sitting at my computer doing the best I could to use my time wisely and spent most of Wednesday completing my homily. When I was finished typing I had 1,800 words, which meant I had to lose about 500 of them if I was to have any hope of talking for less than […]

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In a scene at the very end of Matthew’s Gospel, Jesus gives us a “great commission” which in part answers the question raised by the disciple in the stain glass window who upon seeing Jesus ascend into heaven asks his friend , “What do we do now? The Great Commission Matthew 28 (16-20) Then 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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When is a sign more than a sign? The reason for the question is the result of my reflecting back to my time in Grade 1, over 50 years ago, and the grueling preparation our class was going through to prepare for our First Holy Communion. Memories of the nuns in their black habits and […]

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Defining a word is always a good place to start when you need to prepare a 10-minute  talk on the subject. Those of us old enough will remember, with either fondness or dread, the Baltimore Catechism. According to this website, this Catechism (last updated in 1941) has 38 Lessons and as near as I can […]

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You have to admit that is an impressive title for a blog posted here at the Itinerant Preacher! Perhaps this proves that the two years of Latin taught to me by the Jesuits was not wasted. Alas they may have been as I ‘borrowed’ this headline from a blog called Rorate-Caeli (which I think means […]

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Please click here for a Printer Friendly Copy A few weeks ago, I had the honour of being the sponsor for my nephew’s confirmation.  The celebrant was Fr. Liborio Amaral. Fr. Liborio is a wonderfully enthusiastic priest and you could tell he was deeply committed to seeing that these young folks had an understanding of […]

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The Sign of the Cross is for many of us the first sign of our faith we were taught as children. Most of us who have been practicing Catholics have performed this gesture countless times. So many reptions that it may well have lost meaning for some. Below Ben Ghezzi of Zenit Daily answers this […]

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The mystery of the Trinity has been the subject of theological study, debate and argument from the start of the Church. I stumbled upon this description of theology on the website of an Anglican church called “Trinity”- This looks like it is from a sermon on the Holy Trinity: G.K. Chesterton wrote, “It is the […]

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If you listen to Fr. Robert Barron’s homily for this Sunday he starts by asserting that Trinity Sunday is known around the preaching community as a nightmare. At the same time it is a theologian’s delight. The reason is that the Trinity is a difficult dogma of the Church to summarize in 10 minutes. Yet […]

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