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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Hearing to See

Fourth Sunday of Lent: 3-26-17 Peace be with You, We have come to Laetare Sunday, the name traditionally given to the fourth Sunday of the Lenten Season.   “Laetare” is the singular imperative form of the Latin word “laetare,” meaning “to rejoice.”  And, if you take a moment to notice, the vestments worn by the priest this day may be pink, or more properly, rose as opposed to the traditional purple worn during the season of Lent.  So why the change?  Well, we have now passed the halfway po...
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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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The School of Happiness-Part 2

Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time: 2-26-17 Peace be with You, Today is the last Sunday of Ordinary Time which we will celebrate prior to beginning the Season of Lent this coming Wednesday with the celebration of Ash Wednesday.  The Season of Lent is traditionally a time of fasting, almsgiving and increased prayer, the aim of which is to provide us with the opportunity to have a more intense encounter with Jesus Christ in order that we might deepen our union with him and thereby make serious s...
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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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Understanding Christmas through Mary

Solemnity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of God: 1-1-17 Peace be with You, With many of the Christmas trees waiting to be or already having been picked up curbside, we may be tempted to think that the Christmas Season has come and gone and that with today’s feast we move on in the drama of salvation.  However, this is merely indicative of a shift in the secular culture, fitting the “holiday season” between the celebrations of Thanksgiving and Christmas (Day), and not reflective of ...
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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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