A Kingdom of Beauty, Part I

Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time: 7-16-17 Peace be with You, There is a humble source from which all things flow, a wisdom which providentially directs and accompanies the changing of times and seasons, a love which binds all things in its embrace, making a unity of the immense diversity which colors the panorama of creation.  Such words can be uttered and accepted as something more than poetic fictionalization only through a gift of faith, for the images which fall upon the waking human ...
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A Living Organism

Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time: 7-2-17 Peace be with You, Last weekend the focus of our conversation was twofold.  On the one hand, we spoke of what fear of the Lord really means, contrasting its character of awestruck wonder with the more readily understood meaning of fear.  On the other hand, we discussed that though we have now transitioned into what is termed “Ordinary Time” on the Church’s liturgical calendar, there is no such thing as “ordinary” time in our lives; i.e. there is n...
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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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Building from the Ground Up

Twenty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time: 8-28-16 Peace be with You, Over the last couple of weeks we have been confronted with the reality that the road to discipleship is a difficult one.  Two weeks ago, we heard Jesus tell us that to love as He loves will often leave us in a position that is unwelcomed by the world, at times even those closest to us (cf. Luke 12:53).  Then last week, we were told that to enter the kingdom of heaven is like entering through a narrow, and we might even say, ...
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Encountering Grace at Every Fall

3rd Sunday of Easter: 4-10-16 Peace be with You,   Last Sunday, we celebrated Divine Mercy Sunday, a celebration of the healing power of God’s Love. Today, we continue to see how Divine Mercy works in our lives in our gospel reading for today, where the risen Jesus encounters the fallen Peter.   The poetry of John’s gospel is on full display here! Notice first, the disciples had been fishing through the night, which was normal as net fishing was typically done at night. We...
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