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April 20 - Alleluia! is our only song

Alleluia! There. I said it. We haven’t said that since March 4, and well, I for one, have missed it! I enjoy singing Alleluia before the proclamation of the Gospel. I enjoy hymns where Alleluia is a part of the refrain.

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Monday, April 7, 2014

April 6 - The powerful image of the Jesus who wept
The urban legend is that John 11:35 is the shortest verse in the Bible, and while there can be an argument made for that claim, it is the power of the verse and not its brevity that makes it so important. “Jesus wept.” More ...
Wednesday, March 26, 2014
March 23 - We must seek more than water in our relationship with Jesus
More often than not, the people in the Scriptures who ask questions have no idea exactly what they are asking. In this Sunday’s readings we have two examples of that. More ...
Tuesday, March 11, 2014
March 9 - When in doubt, look to Christ

As we enter into the Lenten Season, we are challenged to confront our own sinfulness.  Each of us has our own weakness, our own moments of temptation.

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Monday, February 24, 2014
Feb. 23 -- Jesus challenges us to live life much differently

As we continue to read through the challenging sections in the Sermon on the Mount on this Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time, we encounter some of the most transformative teaching in the ministry of Jesus. 

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Wednesday, February 12, 2014
Feb. 9 - We are judged on how we treat the poor
Pope Francis has been ratcheting up the dialogue about the poor from the very beginning of his papacy.  While it is true that the Church has always had before us the command of Jesus to be committed to the poor, it often gets lost amidst the many other pressing realities that confront the Church and the world at any given moment. More ...
Monday, January 27, 2014
Jan. 26 | Repent - sin no more and follow Jesus
As Jesus begins his public ministry, standing by the shores of the Sea of Galilee, he seems to pick up with the theme that John the Baptizer had been proclaiming – repent. More ...
Thursday, January 16, 2014
Jan 12 - John the Baptist calls Jesus forth from the waters of Baptism
We know from the readings throughout the Advent and Christmas Seasons that John the Baptizer points us in the direction of Jesus. More ...
Sunday, January 5, 2014
Jan. 5 -- Not all who seek want to find what we have to give them

“Go and search diligently for the child. When you have found him, bring me word, that I too may go and do him homage.” These duplicitous instructions to the magi from King Herod the Great offer us a very careful warning in dealing with the world around us.

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Tuesday, December 31, 2013
Dec. 29 - The Holy family calls us to support families everywhere
Given the crisis facing the average American family, not to mention the many challenges facing families throughout the world, the Feast of the Holy Family provides us with an opportunity to reflect on the meaning of family in our lives. More ...
Sunday, December 22, 2013
Dec. 22 - Joseph is the silent evangelist pointing us to Jesus
The Fourth Sunday of Advent hits us with the familiar – perhaps all too familiar – Gospel passage of St. Joseph’s dream announcing the birth of Jesus.  As a general rule, the annunciation to the Virgin Mary is more often a source of reflection and therefore garners more attention. More ...
Wednesday, December 18, 2013



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