Restoring Unity

Twenty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time: 8-27-17 Peace be with You, Last weekend, we were given the opportunity to see the master Teacher interact with two very distinct personality types which can, in a very broad way, divide the human family into two types; those who are meek and humble of heart and those who succumb to that most primordial type of sin, pride.  Over the course of our discussion it became very obvious that those in the latter group (Matt. 15:1-9), succumbing through pride to...
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Living in the Real World

Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time: 7-9-17 Peace be with You, Last weekend, we reflected upon Christ’s desire to be identified with the human family.  The main thrust of our reflection centered upon the Church, which, as we discussed, is unlike any human organization, but is instead an organism; the living Body of Christ, of whom, through the sacred waters of baptism, we become members.  Consequently we briefly discussed how this mystery, or sacrament as the Church calls it, changes our on...
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Not So Ordinary Time

Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time: 6-25-17 Peace be with You, This Sunday we return to that cycle of readings which belong to the liturgical season of Ordinary Time.  However, as we have said in the past, it should in no way be thought that the liturgical seasons which span the time between Christmas and Lent and then again between Easter and Advent as somehow being mundane in nature as compared to those more, in a manner of speaking, intense seasons of devotion.  We can liken the difference...
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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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The Weeping Savior

Fifth Sunday of Lent: 4-2-17 Peace be with You, We began our journey through the Season of Lent five and a half weekends ago on Ash Wednesday by being reminded of the radically contingent quality of the lives we live.  For by being reminded that we are dust and to dust we shall return, we are made to realize that “our days are like grass; they flourish like a flower of the field; for the wind passes over it, and it is gone, and its place knows it no more” (Psalm 103:15).  This is a reality...
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The Light of Unity

Third Sunday of Ordinary Time: 1-22-17 Peace be with You, Last weekend, we saw that though we have moved on from the Christmas Season and into the season of Ordinary Time on the Church’s liturgical calendar, we have by no means deviated from the path of exploring the depths of the mystery of the Hypostatic Union but had taken a definite step forward by exploring the implication of identifying Jesus as the Lamb of God.  Accordingly, we found that in the Lamb’s offering of self is not a simp...
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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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Blood Father & Restoring Innocence (Spoiler Alert)

By Tony Crescio Mel Gibson stars as John Link in the 2016 film, Blood Father, the story of a down-and-out, ex-con father looking for his estranged 17 year old daughter Lydia (Erin Moriarty).  We first join John in a church where he is attending an AA meeting on his birthday.  A happy occasion for most, John has had a rough go of it in life.  He has spent the last several years in prison for his involvement in the activity of a biker gang which he had been a part of in what he will refer to th...
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The King of Hearts

The Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe: 11-20-16 Peace be with You, Over the last couple of weekends we have been discussing how it is that the salvation that has been won for us by Christ, and to be experienced in its fullness at the end of time, is also to be lived and experienced beginning here and now.  We have seen that it is in living a life of loving obedience to God, in unity with and by the graced-aid of our Savior Jesus Christ that this sort of life is able ...
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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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