"Lord, show us the Father, and we shall be satisfied.” John 14:8

THE MARTYRDOM OF THE HOLY INNOCENTS – December 28th

LITTLE DID YOU KNOW, HOLY LITTLE ONES! The day after Christmas we celebrated the feast of Saint Steven, the Protomartyr, and today, on the fourth day of Christmastide, we commemorated the martyrdom of the Holy Innocents. The first was a grown man, full of the Holy Spirit, brave, able to speak for himself. The latter

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FIRST SUNDAY OF ADVENT – YEAR A

A thief of a different sort. A child was stolen from his parents by a couple who could have no children; they were sterile.  The kidnappers were intent in living out the fantasy that the stolen child was theirs.  They obsessively showered the child with all sorts of gifts and privileges.  Soon, the child grew

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IN LIKE A LAMB OUT LIKE A LION

SOLEMMNITY OF CHIRST, KING OF THE UNIVERSE IN LIKE A LAMB, OUT LIKE LION I recall what an old friend of mine who had served in the Navy during World War II told me about timing.  He said that his chaplain seemed to need, as my friend expressed it, some “timing adjustment”.  Being a tremendous

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A LESSON LEARNED, A MEMORY CHERISHED

A LESSON LEARNED, A MEMORY CHERISHED Twenty-ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time – Cycle C I was blessed by the Lord to be pastor of a small flock, in a humble little parish, adorned with financial  difficulties, high incidence of crime, men and women of many points of origin, many undocumented, boys and girls cared for

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THE RIGHT KEY

THE RIGHT KEY  Twenty-eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time – Cycle C In the wacko world of politics we hear “percentages” thrown about by candidates in a devil may care fashion, often to the bewilderment of those of us who still listen to the sophomoric antics of these plastic figures who sadly enough will end up

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EGOLATRY BY ANY OTHER NAME…

Twenty-seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time – Cycle C Egolatry by any other name … In a recent post entitled “The God of Second Chances”, I introduced you to a friend and mentor of my youth, Randy Spreen, who was the discipline man for my high school.  He was a second chance father to me at

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MAN’S BEST FRIEND

Man’s best friend 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle C The phrase “man’s best friend” refers to the relationship of loyalty and service between a dog and its master, a type of relationship lauded since antiquity as evidenced in Homer’s Odyssey (c. 8th century BC), where the connection between Odysseus and his faithful dog Argos is

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SUCH A DEAL!

WORD ALIVE 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time Cycle C When I was a young man I had energy to spare.  I worked full-time.  I studied full-time at one of our local universities, and tried my hand at a business venture with a friend.  We bought vegetables at the local farmers’ market and resold them to

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