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The Story of the Rich Young Man: Is There Hope For Us?

January 15, AD2018 3 Comments
The Story of the Rich Young Man: Is There Hope For Us?

In Mark 10: 17 – 27, a disappointed rich young man walked away from Jesus when He told him what was needed to become perfect.  Strangely enough, I have always been attracted by this passage. My focus, however, is not the obvious message. Instead, I look at what may be the more powerful underlying message of […]

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PFLAG ‘T.H.AW.’- A Program to Make Homosexual Behavior ‘Okay’

January 11, AD2018 28 Comments
PFLAG ‘T.H.AW.’- A Program to Make Homosexual Behavior ‘Okay’

  The announcement in our parish bulletin last spring seemed innocuous enough. A program entitled Transgender Homosexual Awareness (T.H.AW.) was being held to give parishioners “an opportunity . . . to hear the voices and to understand the experiences of our transgender brothers and sisters and their family members.” But since our parish had already […]

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Two Sons, One Father

December 29, AD2017 0 Comments
Two Sons, One Father

There are two things the father does in the Gospel story of the Prodigal Son which can give all of us sinners hope and comfort. (Saints need read no further; but please forward this article to any sinners you know). Two Different Sons Everyone can repeat this story. It has been told again and again. […]

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Monica’s Miseries and Fortitude’s Strength

December 3, AD2017 0 Comments
Monica’s Miseries and Fortitude’s Strength

These days we hear a lot about “snowflakes.” These are young adults who must be protected from the least slight, whether real or imagined. Fortitude is the virtue that opposes this weakness. In one word, fortitude is strength. But of what kind? Fortitude has two sides: courage and toughness. Courage is the strength that one […]

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Ready, Set, GO! Marian Consecration, Living Divine Mercy, and Baptism in the Holy Spirit for Our Times

November 28, AD2017 6 Comments
Ready, Set, GO!   Marian Consecration, Living Divine Mercy, and Baptism in the Holy Spirit for Our Times

One hundred years ago, the Blessed Mother came to three shepherd children in Portugal in a series of apparitions we call by the name of the town in which she appeared: Fatima. At the time of these apparitions, fifteen hundred miles away in the heart of the Church, St. Maximilian Kolbe was studying in Rome […]

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Seeing Faces:  A Call to Have the Eyes of a Shepherd

November 13, AD2017 1 Comment
Seeing Faces:  A Call to Have the Eyes of a Shepherd

No Faceless Crowd Before Jesus When we read, study, and pray with the Gospels it is important for us to remember who is the audience that Jesus is speaking to.  I mention this scriptural tool in many of my homilies and talks I give, and recently a question came to me and this tool “How […]

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Private Conscience and the Church

November 1, AD2017 21 Comments
Private Conscience and the Church

The late Bishop Fulton Sheen explained the matters of conscience and that there are two kinds of truths: “Outer truths, which we master, like the distance of the sun from the earth; and inner truths, which master us; for example – God is merciful to the penitent. Inner truths affect a person’s destiny, like a […]

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Unprofitable Servant? More Like a Loss Leader! How Jesus Can Use My Meager Offerings

October 27, AD2017 0 Comments
Unprofitable Servant? More Like a Loss Leader! How Jesus Can Use My Meager Offerings

I Am a Loss Leader! Way back in the 1980s I was a marketing student. There was a common business term in those days, “loss leader.” It referred to a product that was highly promoted and sold below market value in order to get more customer traffic into the store. The strategy was used in […]

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A Day of Peace Would Be a Wondrous Thing

August 28, AD2017 0 Comments
A Day of Peace Would Be a Wondrous Thing

It’s been said that on December 25, 1914, during the First World War, an “unofficial ceasefire” occurred. On that day, German and British soldiers put aside their differences, and for one day, one of the most reverent of days, peace ensued. Perhaps you’ve heard the account of the “Christmas Truce.” The story is a remarkable […]

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The Young Pope: Popes Are People, Too

August 26, AD2017 0 Comments
The Young Pope: Popes Are People, Too

The Young Pope, written and directed by Paolo Sorrentino, is premised on what is apparently a radical idea: that popes might experience spiritual growth even during their pontificate. Unsettling Catholics expecting a pope with more certainty in his spiritual life and baffling secular critics who don’t know how to recognize or discuss a spiritual journey, […]

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Mercy Rains: The July 13th, 1917 Apparition and the Reality of Hell

July 22, AD2017 2 Comments
Mercy Rains:  The July 13th, 1917 Apparition and the Reality of Hell

We have had a lot of rain here in my hometown this summer.  It was a wet spring and it appears it is going to be a wet summer too.  Last year, we were praying to St. James for rain, especially for our farmers.  Western New York had suffered low lake levels and drought conditions […]

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Sex, Desecration, and Shame in Terrence Malick’s Song to Song

July 21, AD2017 0 Comments
Sex, Desecration, and Shame in Terrence Malick’s Song to Song

As Roger Scruton says, “Sex is either consecration or desecration, with no neutral territory in between.” That’s essentially the thesis of Terrence Malick’s recent trilogy of films: To the Wonder, Knight of Cups, and now Song to Song. To the Wonder opens the trilogy by, in accordance with Pope Benedict XVI, emphasizing that the loves […]

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Recognizing Neighbor in Today’s World

July 14, AD2017 0 Comments
Recognizing Neighbor in Today’s World

In the book of Luke, an expert in the law asks, “Who is my neighbor?” Jesus responds with the parable of the Good Samaritan. His examples guide us through several encounters with an injured man – all with diverse responses.  Jesus then turns to the lawyer  and asks: Which of these three, in thy opin […]

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The Fifth Beatitude: Mercy

July 1, AD2017 0 Comments
The Fifth Beatitude: Mercy

Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy. For the past five months I’ve been writing about the Beatitudes in order to understand them better. We can hear something hundreds of times without its meaning ever sinking in or becoming knowledge. For a long time the Beatitudes seemed like white noise to me. But […]

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Aggravations–Sources of Grace

April 19, AD2017 4 Comments
Aggravations–Sources of Grace

Oh, the Aggravations We Face! Do you know someone whose purpose in life seems to be to aggravate you? You know what I mean, right? This person is the one who manages to raise your blood pressure just about any time that you interact with them. Maybe it’s the things they say to you. Perhaps […]

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Lowering the Bar

March 20, AD2017 3 Comments
Lowering the Bar

In an age of rapidly increasing technology, mass higher education, and increasing prosperity it would appear that our lives are forever getting better.  Our society is more well informed and well pampered than ever before.  Our once simple lives have become more fancy, more fabulous!  Every event, institution and organization we are involved in performs […]

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Hurry Up, Easter!

March 2, AD2017 1 Comment
Hurry Up, Easter!

With the early days of the Lenten season now upon us, perhaps, like me, you already find the prospect of so many weeks ahead until Easter quite daunting. Usually, the First Sunday of Lent has not even arrived and I find myself war weary from the penitential season of Lent. I think by the time […]

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Meeting with Men of God: A Catholic Men’s Conference on the Year of Mercy

February 7, AD2017 0 Comments
Meeting with Men of God: A Catholic Men’s Conference on the Year of Mercy

There’s something wonderfully uplifting about being with hundreds of Catholic men to put aside our egos and bring our man-made messes before the Father as together we celebrate our common faith. For the past five years, I have been attending the Connecticut Catholic Men’s conference with my father-in-law. Each time, I have come out of […]

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Go Ahead Rachel, Weep

January 23, AD2017 15 Comments
Go Ahead Rachel, Weep

 A voice is heard in Ramah, lamenting and weeping bitterly: it is Rachel weeping for her children, refusing to be comforted because they are no more. Matthew 2:18 Yesterday, January 22, 2017, was the 44th anniversary of Roe v. Wade. Later this week hundreds of thousands of Americans will march on Washington to express their ongoing […]

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Shusaku Endo’s Silence and the Divine Command to Sin

January 7, AD2017 4 Comments
Shusaku Endo’s Silence and the Divine Command to Sin

Shusaku Endo’s novel Silence is one of the most unsettling novels a Catholic could read. Recounting the story of Portuguese Jesuits facing martyrdom and persecution in seventeenth-century Japan, Endo does not hesitate to pose to his characters – and readers – the most difficult moral dilemmas imaginable regarding persecution and apostasy, and even whether God might […]

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Parables And Pericopes For Christian Life

December 10, AD2016 1 Comment
Parables And Pericopes For Christian Life

The parables of Jesus found in the four Gospels are rich in meaning and as applicable to Christian living today as they were over 2,000 years ago. Jesus, the master teacher, used examples involving everyday life using characters and situations that could resonate readily with the average listener and reader, both then and now. These […]

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Terrorism, The Sanctity of Life, and Mercy

December 1, AD2016 0 Comments
Terrorism, The Sanctity of Life, and Mercy

On September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks in New York, Pennsylvania. and Washington D.C shocked the world. We will never forget exactly where we were when it occurred. I had an opportunity recently to view a documentary on the September 11th attacks and it triggered reflections on the value our lives hold in the eyes of God.  […]

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Restitution and National Reconciliation

November 14, AD2016 2 Comments
Restitution and National Reconciliation

Last November 8, as the citizens  of the United States of America were making a beeline to choose their next president, we, here in the Philippines, received  the news about the final resting place of a former president. For 27 long years, the issue whether Ferdinand Marcos would be allowed to be buried in the […]

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Amoris Laetitia, Mercy Robots & Sinning In Heaven

November 10, AD2016 1 Comment
Amoris Laetitia, Mercy Robots & Sinning In Heaven

Many scholars and theologians think that, at best, certain statements in the papal Exhortation Amoris Laetitia are ambiguous, with some possible interpretations being heresy. For this reason, forty-five theologians have appealed to the Vatican for what they see as errors in Amoris Lateitia to be corrected [henceforth herein “AL”]  so the Exhortation will not proclaim […]

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