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April 05, 2018 - Finding Hope in the Encounter

Thursday in the Octave of Easter

Scripture Readings

In today’s first reading people cling to Peter and John in because of their recent healing of a crippled man.  It is Peter who stresses that the healing of this man was an act of God, not of Peter or John.  I often find myself relating to Peter’s befuddlement and his critical eye toward God’s all-powerful grace that we find in the Gospel narrative.  Therefore, I find a lot of hope in this reading from Acts that shows Peter evangelizing despite the fact that he recently denied Christ three times in the Passion.  Hope rests in the fact that we can turn our doubts into faith, help others recognize that faith as a gift from God, and rejoice in the mercy and love of God.

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April 04, 2018 - Transformed Journey

Wednesday in the Octave of Easter

Scripture Readings

I love backpacking because it allows one to journey and explore.    The walking is not so much about getting from one place to another, as it is about the experience of the getting there.  Sometimes we know the trail and feel like we are in familiar territory.  Other times we have to discover the best way, especially when there are multiple paths to get to one's ultimate destination.  consider how even when one has a good sense of the road traveled the journey is not always predicable.

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April 3, 2018 - A Story of (Mis)Recognition

Tuesday in the Octave of Easter

Scripture Readings

Our hearts have to go out to Mary as she stands at the empty tomb. She has endured the unfathomable loss of Jesus on the Cross. He was taken violently from her and from this world by death. And it is only getting worse. Now his body has been taken too. It is just too much.

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April 2, 2018 - Living in Easter Hope in the Midst of our Good Fridays

Monday in the Octave of Easter

Scripture Reading

This past Holy Week I have been caring for my 90 year old father who is seriously ill. In the midst of his suffering and pain he confided in me that he was having some doubts about his faith. Although he has been a faithfully practicing Catholic all of his life, when faced with the reality of his possible death, it has been hard for him to experience the Easter joy that we celebrate.

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April 1, 2018 - The Holy Exchange

Easter Sunday - The Resurrection of the Lord - The Mass of Easter Day

Scripture Readings

The story of Arnaud Beltrame has taken the world by storm. He is the 44 year old French Police officer who offered to exchange his life for a hostage in a recent armed struggle in a supermarket in France. After exchanging his life, he helped guide the special forces by leaving an open-line cell phone on a table. The terrorist was finally taken down but not before Arnaud was stabbed in the throat. On his deathbed, Beltrame received two sacraments - the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick and the Sacrament of Marriage. His newly-wed wife said of him at his funeral that his heroic sacrifice was "the act of a policeman and the act of a Christian.” I call Arnaud’s act a “holy exchange.” 

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