The School of Happiness-Part 2

Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time: 2-26-17 Peace be with You, Today is the last Sunday of Ordinary Time which we will celebrate prior to beginning the Season of Lent this coming Wednesday with the celebration of Ash Wednesday.  The Season of Lent is traditionally a time of fasting, almsgiving and increased prayer, the aim of which is to provide us with the opportunity to have a more intense encounter with Jesus Christ in order that we might deepen our union with him and thereby make serious s...
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The Fabric of Happiness

Sixth Sunday of Ordinary Time: 2-12-17 Peace be with You, Over the last couple of weekends we have been exploring the understanding of Jesus Christ, the Son of God incarnate, as the Light of the world.  Moreover, we have been deepening our understanding of what it means for us to be participants in and bearers of the Light that is Christ.  Three weekends ago we saw that to say Christ is the Light is to say that he is the Truth, the metaphor of light functioning as a means of communicating ...
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Mr. Church and Finding the True Self in a Complete Gift of Self (Spoiler Alert)

By Tony Crescio “Henry Joseph Church could’ve been anything he wanted to be, he chose to cook, the key he said, jazz.”  These are the opening lines of the 2016 film, “Mr. Church,” starring Eddie Murphy as the title character.  Mr. Church drops into the lives of Charlotte (Britt Robertson) and Marie Brooks (Natascha McElhone) seemingly out of nowhere.  This choice, Charlotte (Charlie) speaks of as narrator of the film, has just as much to do with Mr. Church’s realization of what it means to be...
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The Coming of God’s Glory

Second Sunday of Advent: 12-4-16 Peace be with You, Last weekend, as we began the season of Advent, we saw that in order for us to be truly ready to welcome our Savior, we must prepare ourselves for his coming by living in a manner which disposes us to become his disciples.  We do this, as St. Paul reminded us by “putting on the armor of light” (Romans 13:12).  These words have a couple of connotations which are especially important for the message we will receive today.  First, and most i...
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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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