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Oct. 4 - Jesus welcomes the children, but do we?
It is no doubt by design that, as we open the Synod on the Family this weekend that the readings for the Liturgy are focused on the complementarity of man and woman and the indissolubility of marriage. This makes, certainly, for an interesting backdrop as the bishops assemble with the pope for this fourteenth general synod. More ...
Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Sept. 27 - We welcome the Holy Father in person and in his message
This Sunday, Pope Francis celebrates Mass for the World Meeting of Families. Most of us will be following some or all of the events on television. Expectations for the event are high and whenever this is the case the opportunities for disappointment are equally elevated. More ...
Sunday, September 20, 2015
Sept.20 - We are called to assume the greatness of a child
The three readings for this Mass on the 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time express a common theme with great emphasis: there is no room for pride or personal ambition among the disciples of Jesus.   More ...
Sunday, September 13, 2015
Sept. 13 - Do we truly believe in the Jesus that we proclaim?
Midway through the Gospel, and as Jesus begins his trek towards Jerusalem, Mark emphasizes again the theme that dominates the focus of his account of the ministry of Jesus: that he is to lay down his life for the salvation of the world. More ...
Sunday, September 6, 2015
Sept. 6 - Jesus tells each of us: "Ephphatha!" - "Be Opened!"
Earlier in his ministry Jesus entered the territory of Tyre and Sidon and, after exorcising a legion of demons from a boy and into a herd of swine, the people rather unceremoniously asked Jesus to leave their territory. More ...
Sunday, August 30, 2015
Aug. 30 - Our world is still filled with orphans and widows in need

“Religion that is pure and undefiled before God and the Father is this: to care for orphans and widows in their affliction and to keep oneself unstained by the world.”

This clear statement on the meaning of religion from our Second Reading for the 22nd Sunday of the Year as found in the Letter of James doesn’t sound like what many of us like to think of religion.

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Sunday, August 23, 2015
Aug. 23 - To accept the Eucharist is to understand Jesus
In our fourth consecutive week of parsing through the Bread of Life discourse in John’s Gospel, we have reached the critical moment. At the midway point of the so-called Book of Signs (chapters 1-12) Jesus and the crowd that follows him – including closest disciples – come to a critical moment in their relationship. More ...
Sunday, August 16, 2015
Aug. 16 - The Eucharist is our intimate meal with Jesus
In his “Confessions” St. Augustine of Hyppo observes: “You have made us for yourself, O Lord, and our heart is restless until it rests in you." More ...
Sunday, August 9, 2015
Aug. 9 - Jesus is the food that sustains us on our journey
Viaticum, literally “food for the journey,” is generally the final reception of Holy Communion for one who is preparing for death. Sadly, too many people wait until death is immanent before calling for a priest that many people die without receiving Viaticum because they are unable to do so. More ...
Sunday, August 2, 2015
Aug. 2 - It is only by faith that we recognize Jesus in the bread
“I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me will never hunger, and whoever believes in me will never thirst.” More ...
Sunday, July 26, 2015
July 26 - We do not allow the Lord to give us all that he intends
Over the next four weeks we will be hearing the Bread of Life discourse from chapter 6 in John’s Gospel. While that Gospel lacks a specific Institution of the Eucharist narrative as do the others, this narrative presents us with the theological understanding of the meaning of the Eucharist.  More ...
Sunday, July 19, 2015

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