A Life of True Joy

Thirty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time: 11-6-16 Peace be with You, The instruction we have been receiving on how it is that we are to cultivate the goodness of our nature came to a culmination of sorts last weekend in the story of Zacchaeus.  The reason for this is that, as we saw, in a certain way, the story of Zacchaeus is our story as well.  As Zacchaeus, we all struggle to keep above the distractions of the crowd in order to stay focused on the one thing that truly matters and the only ...
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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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Andrei Rublev: A Journey to the Divine

Andrei Rublev: A Journey to the Divine By Tony Crescio The Russian historical drama, Andrei Rublev, is based on the life of the famous icon painter who lends his name to the title of the movie.  Set in 15th century Russia, the tumultuous historical time period enables director, Andrei Tarkovsky; to explore the depths of the human condition by examining it at a moment when it is particularly fragile, thus laying bare its inner character.  It is ultimately the brokenness of the human conditi...
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A Messy Irony

Twenty-fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time: 9-11-16 Peace be with You, Over the last several weeks, we have received a challenging course in discipleship from Jesus, which reached a critical juncture last weekend.  There, we found out what real discipleship entails, i.e. real discipleship is about viewing the world through the paradigm of the cross.  To speak of the cross as paradigmatic for life is not to diminish the reality of the cross, reducing it to mere symbol.  Rather, it is an attempt ...
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Mountain Climbing

Twenty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time: 8-21-16 Peace be with You, Last weekend, we heard the disquieting message that the road of discipleship is often one that is lonely as living a life in accordance with the gospel will lead us to live in a way that is not only much different than the rest of the world, but in many cases flies in the face of what the world teaches, leading to persecution of various degrees.  This weekend, we find a message that both continues the theme that discipleship ...
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A World Full of Neighbors

Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time: 7-10-16 Peace be with You, Last week, we found ourselves being  sent out on mission by Jesus as His disciples to proclaim the gospel message to all peoples.  This week, we are given further instruction on what it means to  be a disciple in the parable of the Good Samaritan. The parable of the Good Samaritan springs from a question addressed to Jesus by a “scholar of the law,” who asks Jesus what ‘he must do to inherit eternal life?’  To this question, ...
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Making God’s Dreams Come True

                By Tony Crescio   In his latest Apostolic Exhortation, Amoris Laetitia, Pope Francis has many beautiful things to say about the human person, but one thing in particular caught my eye as I read through the text for the first time about a month ago.  In paragraph 168 he writes: “Each child has a place in God’s heart from all eternity; once he or she is conceived, the Creator’s eternal dream comes true.”...
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Love is Right Relationship with God

Sixth Sunday of Easter: 5-1-16 Peace be with You,   My friends, last week we heard Jesus tell us that to be His disciple means living a life that loves as He loves. We also noted that though we will fall short of the perfect love lived by Christ, it is the continual striving to live a life that ever more perfectly incarnates the love of Christ that is the true mark of Christian discipleship.   Today, Jesus tells us that, ’those who love Him, will keep His word.’ These are ...
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