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Homily – 3rd Sunday of Easter – April 18th, 2021

For the longest time I questioned (and still question), why Jesus chose the 12 apostles that he did? I realize we all need an inner circle of trusted confidants, sounding boards, soul mates, good friends; I get that. Yet, given the fact that the apostles are portrayed so poorly in all four gospels, why choose these and not some others? The other question, that I do not have an answer to is: why did Jesus appear, after the resurrection, to ...

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Reflection – Easter Repentance?

The days are getting longer and warmer. We have had flocks of evening grosbeaks and redpolls at our feeders.  Spring is here!  It is a time of hope, of excitement, of possibility … And yet, the dominant emotions that I am seeing and hearing all around me are discouragement, sorrow and frustration.  It is hard for many of us to see what we have because we are so acutely aware of what we are missing.  Even Easter seemed to fall ...

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Homily – Divine Mercy Sunday – April 11th, 2021

Today is Divine Mercy Sunday.   What does that mean?

It seems simple enough – God is infinitely merciful and so if we repent, He forgives our sins.  And every time we say the Our Father, we promise to forgive others in return for His forgiveness.  So, one meaning for mercy is forgiveness. 

But it has another meaning: compassion.

So, how does this relate to my day-to-day life?

Let me tell you about St. Giuseppe Moscati.

Giuseppe Moscati was the seventh of nine children born in ...

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Reflection – Dark Nights of the Soul

“Faith is to believe what you do not see;
The reward of faith is to see what you believe.”
St. Augustine

Throughout our lives, we encounter experiences that knock our sense of balance off kilter and we discover that what we believed to be unchangeable is now somewhat unstable. When unexpected loss, trauma or darkness envelops us, or those we love, we sometimes question our deepest beliefs in God and in ourselves. Although varied reasons exist, few of us have managed to ...

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Homily – Easter Sunday – April 4th, 2021

I wish I was more familiar with the Psalms. They are brilliant. I am convinced there is a psalm that names and gives hope to every conceivable situation we could ever find ourselves in. Here’s a line from Psalm 25: “No one has ever trusted in the Lord and been put to shame.” This is a pretty good mantra for Easter Sunday morning. Trust is the key, though.

A number of years ago, although it could have easily been in the ...

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Homily – Easter Vigil – April 3rd, 2021

This resurrection story is a story not only of Jesus being raised to new life, but more importantly, it is the story of the movement from fear to love in all of our lives. One thing the gospel writers Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John all have in common when they tell the resurrection story is the chronic mistake of people going to the wrong place. There is always someone in the wrong place telling them to go to the right ...

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Homily – Good Friday – April 2nd, 2021

Although we just heard the passion reading from the gospel writer John, all four gospel writers (Matthew, Mark, Luke and John) basically tell the same story but with slightly different emphases. I’m going to draw a little bit from each of them. We are in the year of Mark, which means that almost all of the gospel stories we hear at Sunday Mass, this year, are taken from the Gospel of Mark. I love the opening line of Mark’s Gospel. ...

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Reflection – Good Friday’s Children’s Service

Opening Questions

  • Have you ever been so mad at someone that you just wanted to do something, anything to get them back?
  • Do you have any special things you do to calm yourself down when you are upset?
  • Can you forgive someone who never told you they were sorry?

Two things really jump out at me when I hear the story that Lexie and Karen read for us.  The first one is that Jesus can bring people together, no matter the circumstances.

Think of what ...

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Homily – Holy Thursday – April 1st, 2021

There is a big leap of faith asked of Peter and the other apostles in today’s gospel story. Jesus is asking them and, by extension, us to make room for a big change in the way we think. The dominant way for all of us to avoid change in our lives—even change that helps us grow—is to go into our heads. We all do it, and we will all be doing it right up to the day we die. Human ...

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Reflection – O Happy Fault

It was daunting when I realized my turn to write came on Easter Sunday.  I read and studied all seven Readings from the Easter Vigil, the Exultat, the Baptismal Ceremony, the Epistles and Gospels.  The “Exultat” sings in triumph, “O happy fault!” referring to the story in the Garden of Eden and the eating of the fruit of knowledge.  The great Creation hymn that comprises the first reading  (p. 349) is a prayerful reflection upon the knowledge given to Adam ...

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