The Resolve of Love

Palm Sunday: 4-9-17 Peace be with You, Last weekend, as we celebrated the Fifth Sunday of Lent we were given a glimpse into the philanthropic heart of Love, giving us deeper insight into the motivation of the Incarnation of the Son of God.  There we saw the Son of God, yes God himself, moved to tears at the loss of human life and the misery it brings to the living (cf. John 11:32-35).  These tears became our looking glass into Life itself; the Life which at the beginning of time called all...
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Raising the Fallen

First Sunday of Lent: 3-5-17 Peace be with You, This Sunday we celebrate the First Sunday of Lent.  That being said, we should not think for one moment that the transition into a new liturgical season marks an abrupt shift in what the Church has to teach us about who God is and who we are meant to be, as revealed most conspicuously in Jesus Christ.  For while the Lenten Season focuses our attention most directly on the meaning of our Lord’s Passion, death and Resurrection, we must not thin...
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The Joy of Advent

Third Sunday of Advent: 12-11-16 Peace be with You, Today we celebrate the Third Sunday of Advent, traditionally known as Gaudete Sunday. “Gaudete” comes from the Latin word “gaudium,” meaning joy, gladness or delight; and so this weekend may properly be called “The Sunday of Rejoicing.”  Now, we might be thinking, “All of Advent should be a time of rejoicing, shouldn’t it?  After all we are preparing for the coming of Christ!” Well, yes, but with some qualification.  Traditionally, the Se...
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Only Love Endures

Thirty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time: 11-13-16 Peace be with You, Last weekend we began the first of three weekends that have to do with the “end times.”  Therein, we saw that though our lives stand to be perfected at the end of time, we can begin to and indeed are meant to experience a life of salvation starting here and now by living a life of unity with our God (to the extent that this is possible this side of eternity).  This weekend, we continue on the same topic, but with added empha...
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Living an Attitude of Gratitude

Twenty-eight Sunday in Ordinary Time: 10-9-16 Peace be with You, Last weekend we were treated to the beautifully refreshing, though be it challenging, message that we were created good.  This was indicated by the fact that Our Lord told us, that after we do everything we have been told to do, e.g. forgive endlessly, have trust in our God without measure, and be charitable to those around us, especially those most in need, we should count ourselves as having done nothing extraordinary, but ...
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Staying Focused on the Race at Hand

Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time: 8-14-16 Peace be with You, Last Sunday we spoke about how faith can act as a portal that allows us to live the life of eternity beginning here and now.  Moreover, we saw that a faith-filled life is not characterized by a unique abstract mental approach to life, but rather it is characterized by an active pursuit of the life God calls us to as exemplified by our father in faith, Abraham.  Accordingly, we heard Jesus call us to pass through this portal of f...
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Persistent Prayer

Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time: 7-24-16 Peace be with You, Last week through the story of Martha and Mary, we received instruction about how the disciple of Jesus is to order their life.  That is, the life of discipleship is shaped by one’s relationship with Jesus, but it is not characterized by sedentary contemplation (prayer), rather our relationship with Jesus gives impulse to a life of faith based work.  Today, Jesus focuses on the prayer dimension of our life of discipleship. ...
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