The Finest Quality of the Human Family

Twenty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time: 9-3-17 Peace be with You, Ah, to be Peter!  In the history of questions he hit the jackpot last weekend in his response to Christ’s question, “who do you say that I am?” (Matt. 16:15).  While all the other disciples were quick to respond with answers as to what other people thought about the identity of the One whom they had the privilege to call Master, “some say John the Baptist, others say Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets” (Matt. ...
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A Kingdom of Beauty, Part II

Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time: 7-23-17 Peace be with You, This Sunday we once again find ourselves in the classroom of the true Teacher, Jesus Christ, as he continues his lessons concerning the Kingdom of God, giving us at once a deeper understanding of the reality we live in and the end towards which we set our feet in this pilgrimage called life.  Last weekend, we were treated to the parable of the Sower, and therein, we examined both the person of the Sower and the various types of ...
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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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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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Raising the Fallen

First Sunday of Lent: 3-5-17 Peace be with You, This Sunday we celebrate the First Sunday of Lent.  That being said, we should not think for one moment that the transition into a new liturgical season marks an abrupt shift in what the Church has to teach us about who God is and who we are meant to be, as revealed most conspicuously in Jesus Christ.  For while the Lenten Season focuses our attention most directly on the meaning of our Lord’s Passion, death and Resurrection, we must not thin...
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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 Rescue Mission

First Sunday of Advent: 11-27-16 Peace be with You, Last weekend our liturgical year culminated with the celebration of the Feast of Jesus Christ, King of the Universe.  There we saw that the King we proclaim is unlike any other ruler, for he does not come first and foremost to impose law upon us, but instead, he is the King of Hearts who comes to awaken our hearts to love by demonstrating his love for us.  This weekend we begin a new liturgical year with the beginning of the Season of Adv...
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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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What Makes Us Human, Makes Us Beautiful

            By Tony Crescio What is a human being?  I know, this sounds like a silly question, but take a moment and try to answer it.  If we take the prevailing knowledge of the day, we will get answers that are just as confused as the ones I receive from the students whom I present this question to.  A simple Google search for “human being” produces the dictionary definition of any individual of the genus Homo, especially of the species Ho...
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