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November 6, 2017 - Including Others on Earth as it is in Heaven

Monday of the Thirty-first Week in Ordinary Time

Scripture Readings

''Blessed indeed will you be because of our inability to repay you' is what the Gospel speaks to me this day. I am surrounded by those who cannot repay me. As well, I am surrounded by those I cannot repay.  So often I find myself in this quandary. And what must I do?

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November 5, 2017 - Proud of Our Humility?

Thirty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time

Scripture Readings

Last Tuesday, the Church observed the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. On the 31st of October, 1517, Martin Luther, an Augustinian Monk, nailed his 95 theses to the door of the chapel at Wittenberg castle. Luther’s main issue in the 95 theses was indulgences. There are very few events that divided humanity in the way the Reformation did. It is not my intention to criticize Martin Luther, to discuss indulgences, or to judge 16th Century Church leaders. Historians tells us, though, that the schism caused by the Reformation could have been avoided. Depending on which side of history the Catholics and Protestants find themselves, they look at the Reformation very differently. Yet Catholics admit that perhaps that the Popes of the time, Pope Julius II and Pope Leo X, misread the signs of the time. As Renaissance Popes, they were more interested in art, music, and architecture rather than paying serious attention to the needs of their flock. The rest is history. 

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November 4, 2017 - Two Lies & a Truth

Memorial of Saint Charles Borromeo, Bishop

Scripture Readings

A couple years ago, I went to a talk at the University of Dayton where the presenting professor defined virtue as “points held in tension.”  His easy example was courage.  Courage is the tension point between cowardice and reckless folly.  Today’s gospel provides us a tension view of humility.

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November 3, 2017 - The Pain of Bystanders

Friday of the Thirtieth Week in Ordinary Time

Scripture Readings

“But they were unable to answer his question.” (Luke 14:6)

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November 2, 2017 - The Soul of a Saint?

The Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed (All Souls)

Scripture Readings

I love the feast of All Saints day that we celebrated yesterday. I appreciate having the chance to recognize all of those people who have gone before us, who are our role models and our guides.  At the same time I start to feel disheartened, because I can’t help but think that saintliness (what this day celebrates) is out of my grasp.

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