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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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“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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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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Click here for original post on Bronnie Ware’s Book: Top Regrets of the Dying Click here: Printer Friendly copy of speech to Brebeuf Graduates June 2014 Here is a the text of a speech I recently gave at my Alma mater Brebeuf College School on June 27,2014. It was quite an honour to return after […]

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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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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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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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This is a re-post from last Christmas Eve, when  I shared the following about  my favorite movies about the season. It is  A Christmas Carol, the story ofMr. Ebenezer Scrooge written by Charles Dickens in 1843 during the industrial revolution in England. It was a dirty era and the plight of the poor was desperate. […]

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I had the opportunity to speak to a group of high school students at a symposium organized by my Alma mater Brebeuf College.  It is hard for me to believe that it has been 40 years since I graduated from Brebeuf. Where did the 40 years go? I invited them to drop by the website […]

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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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