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October 5, 2018 - The Labor of Unity

Monday of the Thirty-first Week in Ordinary Time

Scripture Readings

There is not in recent memory a time of such discord, factionalism, and disunity in our society. People seem to feel emboldened and even justified in saying and doing the most dreadful things. Oftentimes there doesn't even seem to be an objective other than causing outrage and division. The message in today's Scriptures relates a message that is particularly relevant in these times. It is a message of oneness and wholeness…a message of unity.

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November 4, 2016 - The Core of Christianity

Thirty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time

Scripture Readings

Here is a tweet from a priest that I follow on twitter: “All liturgy should be celebrated solely by the candlelight of beeswax candles in an enormous, dark church filled with the smoke of incense. All parts should be either chanted loudly and solemnly in Latin or said in such a low voice that no one can hear them.” Here was my reply. “At the Last Supper, on which every Mass is based, none of these eccentricities existed!” What is it about us that we like to take what is accidental to Christianity and bring it center stage? And what is it about us that we take what is center stage of Christianity and relegate it to the boundaries? 

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November 3, 2018 - Are you Breathing?

Saturday of the Thirtieth Week in Ordinary Time

Scripture Readings

Are you familiar with some of the following questions:  Are we there yet?  Is it finally over?  When can we leave? Maybe we have heard a child asking those questions.  Maybe we have asked those questions or similar ones.  Let’s sit with these questions for a little bit as well as St. Paul’s words to the Philippians.

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November 2, 2018 - All Souls Day

The Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed
(All Souls)

Scripture Readings

I sometimes forget how much of an influence my parents, grandparents, and friends have played in my development as a Christian.  It’s often easy for me to overlook the influence of other Christians because that influence is so fundamental to who I have become.  At times like this I realize the importance of having people in my life who serve as role models for the life of faith.  That may be one reason I find myself resonating so much with the scripture readings for today.

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November 1, 2018 - Mom's Pajamas

Solemnity of All Saints

Scripture Readings

Today is All Saint’s Day.  This has always been one of the most treasured feast days for me.  I remember being in middle school and dressing up as St. Maximillian Kolbe, St. Francis of Assisi, and St. Padre Pio.  Every all Saint’s Day, the whole school was a melting pot of St. Lucies, Francises, Elizabeths, Dominics, and Joans of Arc.  The sight of St. Loyola playing tetherball with St. Peter was spectacular. 

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