Of Mashed Potatoes and Power

Of Mashed Potatoes and Power

If my wife came to me and said she was sick and was soon expecting to endure a painful death, the first words out of my mouth upon learning this would not be, “Do you mind if I use your life insurance money to run for mayor?” While not a perfect comparison, it’s one that […]

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Sacrifices

Sacrifices

Peter began to say to Jesus, “We have given up everything and followed you.”  Jesus said, “Amen, I say to you, there is no one who has given up house or brother or sisters or mother or father or children or lands for my sake and for the sake of the Gospel who will not […]

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Getting back to work

Getting back to work

After 7 weeks of non-stop Easter … welcome back to work! Today is the first day back to Ordinary time — ordinary, not like ho-hum, but rather “ordinal” or counted time to the next season. Some Catholics, myself included, find it hard to be in full-blown celebration mode for 7 weeks. It’s time for some […]

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Serenity in the Holy Spirit

Serenity in the Holy Spirit

And suddenly there came from the sky a noise like a strong driving wind, and it filled the entire house in which they were. Then there appeared to them tongues as of fire, which parted and came to rest on each one of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began […]

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When You Come to the End….Go On

When You Come to the End….Go On

Endings are hard.  If an ending does come in our lives, we like to tie it up neatly.  But rare is the ending which ends..PERIOD.  There are always commas, parts of the old we bring into the next step.  Beginnings can be hard, too, especially if what we face is something difficult. Today’s readings are […]

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Remember to be a child of God

Remember to be a child of God

I do not have specific memories of my parents helping me get dressed when I was younger but I know they are the ones who taught me how to. I do remember dressing myself, when I was older yet still young, for school, sporting events, and to go play outside. Now, I am always dressing […]

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Jesus Christ – His Greatest Wish

Jesus Christ – His Greatest Wish

Today’s Gospel, while beautiful and full of the richness that can only be found in our lord Jesus Christ, touches my heart leaving a heavy sadness when I look around at God’s children and the world. Jesus so deeply wants us to be one with him. How can we, God’s children who are created in […]

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You Need to Say What You Don’t Need to Say

You Need to Say What You Don’t Need to Say

There’s an old joke/cliché about a wife who complained about the decades of never being told “I love you” by her taciturn husband. When confronted with this, the husband grumbled, “Why should I? I told her I loved her 38 years ago when we got married; if anything changed, I’d let her know.” All of […]

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Glorify the Lord With Your Life

Glorify the Lord With Your Life

“Yet, I consider life of no importance to me, if only I may finish my course and the ministry that I received from the Lord Jesus, to bear witness to the Gospel of God’s grace.”  St. Paul spoke these words in today’s first reading for Mass, because he was very much aware that his own […]

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Praying for the world … behind walls

Praying for the world … behind walls

Jesus tells his followers today, “In the world you will have trouble, but take courage, I have conquered the world.” The good monks at Gethsemani in central Kentucky are counting on that as they earnestly pray for the world, while seldom, if ever, leaving the walls of their monastery … a monastery made famous by Thomas […]

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