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A Reflection on the 1st Sunday of Lent

February 21, 2021

How often do we make a remark and almost immediately we wish we could take it back? How often do we regret not doing something that we should have done? In both these cases and in many more, we regret the choices we made ...

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A Reflection on the 6th Sunday in Ordinary Time

February 14, 2021

   Chronic or terminal diseases in those we love do more than frustrate us. They often leave us angry, edgy, or tormented. With all our modern advances in medicine, why can’t researchers and doctors overcome this illness, we ask. We wait interminably for promised breakthroughs, we hope desperately for a miracle, and we pray nonstop for healing. Such experiences can help us empathize with the leper in this weekend’s Gospel. For him, no medical breakthrough awaits, no healing looms, and no future dawns.

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A Reflection on the 5th Sunday in Ordinary Time

February 7, 2021

   For some time now, psychologists and social workers have been putting out alarms about the phenomenon of text messaging. It’s not unheard of for adolescents to be sitting right across from one another in a cafeteria and having a conversation. The same is true of young couples in restaurants. They text back and forth rather than simply looking at one another and having a conversation. The red flag about text messaging is that it is instant and impersonal. It is efficient, yes. But this raises the question whether all life is simply about efficiency. The Gospel this Sunday suggests otherwise.

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A Reflection on the 4th Sunday in Ordinary Time

January 31, 2021

     Some people will vehemently claim that they do not need organized religion because they know God in their heart, they have their own personal relationship with God, or they find Him in nature, and that is enough. These claims are rooted in the truth, but only partly. God has planted a yearning for Himself in the human heart, and God’s might and power are evident in the magnificence of creation. However, there is a higher order of revelation we must not ignore. This is God’s revelation of Himself that comes to us through the words of the prophets, and then, most fully, through His Son, Jesus.

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A Reflection on the 3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

January 24, 2021

     I think all of us are familiar with “BC” and “AD” as part of the designation of a date. “AD” is an abbreviation of two Latin words, anno and Domini, and is translated “year of the Lord.” But isn’t it interesting that “year” is singular (in both Latin and English). Each year is a “year of the Lord.” God acts in each year … in each moment of human lives.

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A Reflection on the 2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

January 17, 2021

   So much of agriculture these days has been taken over by agribusiness. Family farms are being threatened and it is more and more difficult for the small farmer to compete with huge corporate farming enterprises. In spite of this shift in size and ownership of farms, farming still evokes in our minds and our hearts images of lush fields, tidy gardens behind the farmhouse, and animals so well known by the owners that they are given names ...

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A Reflection on the Solemnity of the Baptism of the Lord

January 10, 2021

One element of our baptismal ceremony for babies and children who have not yet reached the age of reason (7 years-old) is clothing those being baptized with a white garment. The words accompanying this gesture include: “You have become a new creation and have clothed yourself in Christ ... May this be a sign to you of your Christian dignity" ...

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A Reflection on the Solemnity of the Epiphany of the Lord

January 03, 2021

   Candlelight is very fascinating. If a candle is lit in a brightly lighted room, the fascination of the candle may lie in its flickering. But light a candle in a totally dark room, and it’s the light itself that is the fascination. Near the flame, the light is bright. But as it spreads out, it gets dimmer ... eventually overtaken by the darkness. The one light can only go so far. In this weekend’s Gospel, the Magi follow the light of a star to Jerusalem. But here the unexpected takes over. The One they have traveled so far to see is not in Jerusalem.

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A Reflection on the Feast of the Holy Family

December 27, 2020

How many of you remember the comedian, Rodney Dangerfield? I remember from my younger days movies like “Caddyshack” and “Back to School.” He built his comedy career around the phrase “I get no respect.” He would state the line and then proceed with a string of one-liners based on “no respect.” Most of his jokes were pokes at himself and his family. His humor, unfortunately and sadly, could be rather dark.

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A Reflection on the 4th Sunday of Advent

December 20, 2020

   In light of the last nine months under the effects of COVID-19, it’s hard to believe that Christmas is upon us once again. I noticed decorations up and lit very early this year. I’m sure celebrations will be a bit different this year as COVID has impacted every aspect of our lives. But Christmas is about more than presents, decorations, and gatherings. Christmas celebrates more than the birth of a baby. Christmas is a feast of salvation announcing to us that the glory of the Lord is upon us. Christmas calls us to open ourselves to God’s glory so that it may shine.

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A Reflection on the 3rd Sunday of Advent

December 13, 2020

   I read in an article once that parents know the different cries of their baby ... whether it’s a cry of discomfort, or hunger, or anger. I read that the very sound of a baby’s cry includes something of the baby’s experience and need ...

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A Reflection on the 2nd Sunday of Advent

December 6, 2020

   We sometimes hear the expression that we need to fight fire with fire. In the practical world, firefighters often set backfires or controlled fires to contain a forest fire by depriving it of fuel. In a metaphoric sense, this phrase means to respond in like kind, to use the same weapons to attack another who is attacking us. In both cases, fire is used in a destructive sense with the hope that it produces a happy outcome ...

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A Reflection on the 1st Sunday of Advent

November 29, 2020

We are plunged into the First Sunday of Advent and a new liturgical year with a reading from Saint Mark’s Gospel, Chapter 13. Jesus speaks about the coming end time, encouraging Peter, James, John, Andrew, (and all of us) to be watchful, to be prepared, and to recognize the signs of the times. The passage concludes this ominous chapter with the key word “watch” that occurs in all the verses but one.

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A Reflection on the Solemnity of Christ the King

November 22, 2020

     Seeing can be a physical activity of the eyes or an inspired activity of the heart. We might see with our eyes the worried look of a parent caring for a sick child ... our inspired heart sees love and compassion pouring out ...

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A Reflection on the 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

November 15, 2020

   The master gave to the three servants in the Gospel “each according to his ability.” We have not all been given the same sum of talents, gifts, and abilities, but Jesus, our Master, has invested in each and every one of us ...

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A Reflection on the 32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

November 08, 2020

     We must be prepared. We must be ready. Are we?

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A Reflection on the Solemnity of All Saints

November 01, 2020

   Many times we receive bills and useless solicitations in the mail. But every so often, we run across an invitation to a birthday or a wedding ... 

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A few words about Viewings in church ...

February 23, 2020

     In the first part of 2019, I was quite taken aback after allowing several viewings

to occur in both Saint Catherine of Siena Church in Clayton and Nativity Church in

Franklinville ...

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A Few Words about Funerals

August 5, 2018

     Catholic parishes generally have their fair number of funerals each year. Priests are acutely aware of our need to help comfort families and to provide the necessary spiritual guidance at this most difficult time ...

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