The School of Happiness-Part 1

Seventh Sunday of Ordinary Time: 2-19-17 Peace be with You, The last several weekends have found us making our way through the Lord’s Sermon on the Mount.  And as we have made our way along, we have ever kept in mind that he who proclaims these words to us is the very Word of God himself, Jesus Christ, through whom all things came into existence (John 1:1-3; cf. Colossians 1:16).  Having firm trust, then, that he who speaks is God from God and true Light from true Light, we have sought to ...
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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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Climbing the Ladder of Beatitude

Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time: 1-29-17 Peace be with You, This weekend our readings invite us to pick up right where we left off our lesson as to how we are to live in imitation of the Lamb of God.  But first let’s recall what we have learned over the past couple of Sundays.  To begin, two weeks ago, we found that as individuals created through the Son in imago Dei, it is in accordance with our nature to respond to the gift of life eucharistically, i.e. with a disposition of thanksgiving ...
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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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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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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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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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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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The Joy of Prayer

Twenty-ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time: 10-16-16 Peace be with You, Last week, we were exhorted to live with an attitude of gratitude, being always thankful for the gift of life that our God bestows upon us (Acts 17:28).  We found examples of this attitude of gratitude in Naaman the leper in our first reading from the Second Book of Kings and in the Samaritan leper in the gospel story.  This Sunday, we are given some direction as to how it is that we can live with this type of outlook on lif...
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