The Word is Life

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From the Rooftops!

Here is a link to today's readings. Have I shared with you my pet peeve before? It occurs all-to-often at sporting events during the playing of the National Anthem. The singer reaches the powerful high note at the words “O’er the...

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Do This In Memory of Me

Here is a link to today's readings. The Christian religion was known to its original followers as The Way. It is the way of a good life, the way of peace and justice, the way of mercy and compassion, the way...

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No Salvation Outside the Church

Here is a link to today's readings. When I was a little boy, I was convinced that the term for cutting the grass was “lowing the mawn.” In my young mind, I imagined the “mawn” must be the grass, and when...

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The Spirit Blows Where It Wills

Here is a link to this week's readings. A good friend of mine retired a few years back as Director of Religious Education (DRE) at her local parish. Having spent her career in the ministry of faith formation, retirement hit her...

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Laughing, Crying, Praying: Come, O Holy Spirit!

Here is a link to this week's readings. A delightful story from this week involves Pope Francis teasing a nun he has known for years, named Mother Rosangela, in Genoa, Italy. Clearly full of love and friendship, the pope told the...

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Be Not Afraid: The Development of Doctrine

Here is a link the this Sunday's readings. Has a particular Bible verse ever spoken so clearly to your heart that you understood exactly why this is called the Word of God? One such verse for me is Mark 5:36. In...

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I Know My Sheep and My Sheep Know Me

Here is a link to today's readings. Surveys have shown that three of the biggest influences on discerning a vocation to the priesthood are family support/encouragement, a priest-mentor, and being asked the simple question, “Have you thought about becoming a priest?”...

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The Power of the Precious Blood of Jesus

Here is a link to this Sunday's readings. In this third week of Easter, the Church is still celebrating the Resurrection of Christ with jubilation! As St. Augustine proclaimed, “We are Easter people and our song is Alleluia!” Two weeks ago,...

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His Mercy Endures Forever!

Today is the Feast of Divine Mercy. Here is a link to today's readings. Rooted recently in the revelations received by St. Faustina Kowalska in the 1930’s, the focus on God’s Mercy is certainly no innovation of the last century. The...