The Gift of Re-Creation

The Nativity of the Lord (Christmas): 12-25-16 Peace be with You, Last week we were offered an opportunity to step back and reflect upon the reality that God has a plan in mind for the human family, and within that plan, for each individual person.  Yes, you are called to take part in the economy of salvation by bringing God’s presence into the world and so bring all those you meet closer to him.  This indeed is a great calling, a calling which simultaneously encapsulates and transcends an...
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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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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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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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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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The Door to Love

            By Tony Crescio “He who is forgiven little, loves little.”  These are the words Jesus spoke to a Pharisee with whom he was dining after something quite remarkable happened.  A woman, whom the Pharisee recognized as being a sinner, had just bathed the feet of Jesus with her tears, and anointed them with expensive ointment (see Luke 7:36-8:3).  We may wonder why Jesus has directed such a comment to the Pharisee then, was he trying ...
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