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A Reflection on the 16th Sunday in Ordinary Time (B)

July 18, 2021

When we are overwhelmed by life, often it is because the needs crashing down on us are far greater than the time, energy, and know-how we have to meet them. It seems like we never get to the point when all our needs are over and done with. One need is met and another crops up. We can easily identify with the needs presented in this weekend’s Gospel. The weary disciples need rest. The persistent crowd needs to be where Jesus is.

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A Reflection on the 15th Sunday in Ordinary Time (B)

July 11, 2021

If we take a short-day journey, we probably don’t need much – a destination, a full gas tank, money and credit cards, maybe some water, snacks, and a GPS or maps will do. But if we want to take a longer journey, the baggage increases – extra changes of clothes and shoes, toiletries, makeup for the women, coats or sweaters for chilly weather or evenings, and maybe a laptop or tablet to take care of unexpected business will probably be needed. The longer the trip, the more “baggage” we take along. In this weekend’s Gospel, Jesus sends the Twelve out on a missionary journey and instructs them that they are “to wear sandals.” This is no day-trip – the Twelve are in this for the long haul. Yet Jesus sends His disciples forth with no baggage, no money, and not even food. This sounds more like an hour trip and the disciples are going to be quite unprepared!

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A Reflection on the 14th Sunday in Ordinary Time (B)

July 04, 2021

It’s no doubt that one of the biggest fears of adolescents is rejection. Their need to be accepted drives the clothes they wear, the music they listen to, the food they eat, and the sometimes preposterous number of text messages they send every day. While most adults have learned that we must become our own person (and so hair and clothes styles, etc. become more diverse), we never quite lose our fear of rejection. It is a human drive to be accepted, respected, and honored. This Sunday’s Gospel shows us a Jesus who was also confronted with human rejection. In His hometown, Jesus confronts scandal, rejection, and lack of faith on the part of those who presume to know Him.

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A Reflection on the 13th Sunday in Ordinary Time (B)

June 27, 2021

      There is nothing more heart-rending than watching the life ebb out of a loved one. Little children do not understand this, but those of us who have had myriads of joyful experiences, who have loved someone deeply, and who have developed fulfilling relationships, know how precious life is. Life is precious because people are precious. This weekend’s Gospel tells us two stories of people grasping for life.

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A Reflection on the 12th Sunday in Ordinary Time (B)

June 20, 2021

   Little children often hide under their bedcovers; dogs howl; adults sometimes cringe. Violent storms frighten us, even if we are told by a weather report that the storm is too far away to cause serious damage to us. With the changing weather patterns we’ve been having, all too many people have found themselves in the middle of violent storms with their consequent damage or loss of property and in extreme cases, loss of life. That’s why there’s a good reason to have a healthy respect for storms that are breaking around us ...

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A Reflection on the 11th Sunday in Ordinary Time (B)

June 13, 2021

   For almost two (2) decades, Walter Cronkite, one of the most trusted anchors in American television history, signed off his nightly newscast with the famous line, “And that’s the way it is.” His familiar voice, his factual details, and his faithful courage all helped his listeners to believe. “And that’s the way it is.” It was his person who made the line memorable. It was his person who made the line believable. It was his person who entered homes each night for so many, many years.

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A Reflection on the Most Holy Body & Blood of Christ

June 06, 2021

   Grandparents take great delight in having their grandchildren over for a little while ... but just for a little while! They tease about spoiling the children rotten and then being able to "give them back." Without withholding their love, grandparents nonetheless give back to the parents the responsibility and demands of bringing the little ones to young adulthood. Giving live to offspring involves much more than biological life. Rearing healthy children requires immeasurable doses of love, not a small sprinkle of patience, and a good deal of guidance and discipline. Good parents' self-giving is endless. It is an icon of the self-giving addressed in the readings for the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ ... Corpus Christi.

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A Reflection on the Most Holy Trinity

May 30, 2021

   Triangles and shamrocks are about the best we can do to picture the Holy Trinity. After all, three persons in one is simply beyond our imagination ... beyond our experience ...

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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 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 ...