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Lent/Easter

An Easter Retreat in the Mountains

May 4, AD2018 0 Comments
An Easter Retreat in the Mountains

Over the Easter weekend, my family and I traveled to a local mountain resort to get away from the city.   We also thought it would be the perfect setting to celebrate Easter. The weather cooperated, but this is Southern California so it usually does.  The road up to the resort allowed us to take in […]

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Peace Be With You

April 30, AD2018 0 Comments
Peace Be With You

In the days preceding Pentecost, the Resurrected Christ appeared before His disciples, each time saying, “Peace be with you.” His greeting was not meant as a light salutation, but rather as a gift that only God can give. Let us ponder: When the crucified Christ rose from the dead in His glory, He still had […]

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Singing Alleluia: Making Up For Lost Time

April 17, AD2018 0 Comments
Singing Alleluia: Making Up For Lost Time

“You have given them Bread from Heaven, alleluia” or in countless other instances, I rejoice in being able to once again use the “a word.” This morning at Mass, we sang an “Eight-Fold Alleluia” where this ejaculation of praise is repeated eight times before the gospel.  You might say, we are making up for lost time; […]

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The Sacraments In Light of the Easter Season

April 11, AD2018 0 Comments
The Sacraments In Light of the Easter Season

We now find ourselves in the Easter season. Now is a time for rejoicing and for thanking the Lord for His love and salvation. Now is also a time for reflection and for action. This grace-filled season beckons us to recall the reason why the Resurrection was necessary. It is impossible to correctly understand the […]

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Jesus Was Troubled

April 9, AD2018 0 Comments
Jesus Was Troubled

Several places in Scripture tell us that Jesus was troubled or worried, or experienced grief. John 11:33: When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who had come along with her also weeping, he was deeply moved in spirit and troubled. . . . John 11:35: Jesus wept. John 13:21: After he had said this, Jesus […]

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Our Ultimate Hope Is Resurrection

April 9, AD2018 0 Comments
Our Ultimate Hope Is Resurrection

If you conduct a poll of practicing Christians and ask them what their ultimate hope is, the vast, vast majority of them would say getting to heaven. They would explain that our souls live on after our bodies die, so they hope that their souls will spend a blissful eternity with God in heaven. However, […]

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Easter Celebrates the Resurrection into the Kingdom

April 8, AD2018 1 Comment
Easter Celebrates the Resurrection into the Kingdom

When we pray in the Our Father, “Thy Kingdom come,” what are we praying for? Jesus most preached and taught not about love, but about the Kingdom of God. “After John (the Baptist) had been arrested, Jesus came to Galilee proclaiming the gospel of God: ‘This is the time of fulfillment. The kingdom of God […]

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Lord, Have Divine Mercy on Us

April 8, AD2018 0 Comments
Lord, Have Divine Mercy on Us

  The true meaning of the word mercy is often misunderstood and misused. Far from indicating that all bets are off and you are free to do whatever you please – without repercussions – true mercy has ramifications that benefit the immortal soul. The definition of Mercy is: The disposition to be kind and forgiving. Founded on […]

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A Mystical Experience in St. Peter’s Basilica

April 7, AD2018 5 Comments
A Mystical Experience in St. Peter’s Basilica

There are so many reasons to love Catholicism that I am faced with the proverbial embarrassment of riches when I speak of Catholicism’s beauty. Yet, there is one reason that overwhelms them all and binds them all together: her mystical character. The word “mystical,” in relation to Christ and His Church, means that the Spirit […]

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Catholics Are Easter People; We Don’t Stop At the Cross

April 1, AD2018 4 Comments
Catholics Are Easter People; We Don’t Stop At the Cross

In fact, everything that exists and moves in the Church – the sacraments, doctrine, institutions – draws its strength from Christ’s Resurrection. (Fr. Raniero Cantalamessa, Life in Christ, 67) Even though the Church continually invites Catholics to live in the Resurrection of Christ, many of us cling to our suffering. As a result, our spirituality is […]

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The Man Mistaken for a Gardener

April 1, AD2018 2 Comments
The Man Mistaken for a Gardener

It was at Easter in the 1970’s that I first met my wife. I received a phone call from the local convent asking me to drive three Dominican sisters and their friend to Heathrow. It was at the last minute so I had no time to change out of my working clothes. The three nuns […]

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The Easter Vigil: Christ Be Our Light!*

March 31, AD2018 0 Comments
The Easter Vigil: Christ Be Our Light!*

The rubrics of the Missale Romanum remind us that this “mother of all vigils” is the “greatest and most noble of all solemnities and it is to be unique in every single Church” ( Missale Romanum, “Rubrics for the Easter Vigil” (EV), no.2). On this holy night, the Church keeps watch, celebrating the resurrection of Christ in the […]

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Sins and Forgiveness – A Reflection on the Passion

March 30, AD2018 0 Comments
Sins and Forgiveness – A Reflection on the Passion

Thinking back on my life, reflecting on my past, I feel a deep sense of remorse, especially at this time of the year. I regret the sinful past I lived—those times when I had broken off my relationship with Jesus because of my sins. The nuns and monks who taught me through high school, and […]

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Through the Eyes of Faith – A Passion Play, Parts I and II

March 30, AD2018 0 Comments
Through the Eyes of Faith – A Passion Play, Parts I and II

Parts I and II of a Passion Play that features the words of “The Witnesses” – those who were present and moved by the words and deeds of the Savior on His final journey to the cross. This year, as Lent draws to a close, I thought I would share with you a powerful presentation […]

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Let Your Blood Pour Out

March 29, AD2018 1 Comment
Let Your Blood Pour Out

It was easier to act like something I wasn’t before having kids. It was easier to convince myself I was something I wasn’t before having kids. Now not only do I have my flaws mirrored back to me, but I have the whole world commenting on my children’s flaws and defects, which in turn reflect […]

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Discipleship and Union with Christ:  A Carmelite Insight

Discipleship and Union with Christ:  A Carmelite Insight

Discipleship within The Carmelite Rule The Rule of St. Albert of Jerusalem, also called The Carmelite Rule, speaks about religious life being a call to live in allegiance to Jesus Christ with a pure heart and stout conscience (Rule #2).  The Carmelite sees that the life of discipleship is made possible by allegiance made manifested […]

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Passion and Grace

March 28, AD2018 0 Comments
Passion and Grace

As we celebrate the Glorious Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ, let us also embrace Mary our Blessed Mother who shares in the passion and grace that open the gates of Heaven to us. United with her Son in His work of our redemption, Mary is our refuge and Mother of Mercy. Mary experienced firsthand […]

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Make the Most of Holy Week and Forgive Your Enemies

March 27, AD2018 6 Comments
Make the Most of Holy Week and Forgive Your Enemies

The Church has talked about the need to forgive our enemies for centuries.  One of Jesus’s greatest missions during his last hours on earth was to forgive his enemies. Not only did He forgive those who hurt Him physically, his soul was hurt by betrayal from his close friends and those who had followed Him. […]

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Memory and Redemption

March 26, AD2018 0 Comments
Memory and Redemption

As we proceed through Lent, the recurring themes of redemption and forgiveness bubble to the surface of our thoughts. We understand redemption as literally being saved from our own sinfulness through the blood of Christ.  Left to ourselves, we would surely fall under the repeated weight of our imperfection and weakness.  Through God Almighty’s love […]

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Holy Week: Monday- No Turning Back

March 26, AD2018 0 Comments
Holy Week: Monday- No Turning Back

No turning back is a devotional focusing on the Death and Resurrection of Jesus. And when he drew near and saw the city he wept over it, saying, “Would that even today you knew the things that make for peace! But now they are hidden from your eyes. For the days shall come upon you, […]

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Passover: Seder Meals Are Not Catholic Practice

March 25, AD2018 21 Comments
Passover: Seder Meals Are Not Catholic Practice

During a past Lent, I shared a seemingly innocuous and informative post about the Jewish practice of Seder during Passover. The resulting confusion and charges of antisemitism bewildered me. The catalyst? A fact-packed video by a Catholic priest, The Christian Seder Meal: A Violation of  the First Commandment and a blog link to another video by a Catholic […]

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The Canaanite Woman: Was Jesus Prejudiced?

March 22, AD2018 1 Comment
The Canaanite Woman: Was Jesus Prejudiced?

If you were fortunate enough to attend daily Mass during Ordinary Time in February, then you were able to get a pretty nice look at St. Mark’s Gospel. One particular reading, the meeting between Jesus and the Canaanite woman, and its parallel account in St. Matthew’s Gospel have been the subject of a little bit […]

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Christ’s Admonishing of the Pharisees in the Gospel of Matthew

March 19, AD2018 6 Comments
Christ’s Admonishing of the Pharisees in the Gospel of Matthew

This Lent we have already read some harsh condemnation of the Pharisees in the gospel. One of the more recent ones was Matthew 23:1-12. This section could be seen as a condemnation of the hypocrisy of the Pharisees. Among other things, the hypocrisy of the Pharisees seems to consist of indifference, ostentation, and status seeking. […]

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The Real Meaning of Lenten Penance

March 18, AD2018 1 Comment
The Real Meaning of Lenten Penance

We Catholics are familiar with Lent as a time of fasting and penance. We are told every year that during this time we ought to abstain from a habit that is not beneficial for us and to take up a more fruitful spiritual practice. We are also obliged to abstain from meat and to fast. […]

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