The Joy of Advent

Third Sunday of Advent: 12-11-16 Peace be with You, Today we celebrate the Third Sunday of Advent, traditionally known as Gaudete Sunday. “Gaudete” comes from the Latin word “gaudium,” meaning joy, gladness or delight; and so this weekend may properly be called “The Sunday of Rejoicing.”  Now, we might be thinking, “All of Advent should be a time of rejoicing, shouldn’t it?  After all we are preparing for the coming of Christ!” Well, yes, but with some qualification.  Traditionally, the Se...
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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 Prayer of the Exalted

Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time: 10-23-16 Peace be with You, Over the course of the last several weeks we have been receiving an education on the complex dynamics that surround our lives.  We have been called to imitate the Love which has brought us into being by being charitable to one another (e.g. the parables of the dishonest steward and Lazarus and the rich man) recognizing our reflective nature as creatures possessing the imago Dei.  Moreover, we have been asked to recognize our ra...
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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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Taking Hold of Life

Twenty-sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time: 9-25-16 Peace be with You, Both the gospel message for last weekend and this, present themselves as unique challenges to those of us who live in a land of abundance.  For many of us, there is never a question as to whether or not our daily needs will be met, and this, to be sure, is a good thing.  However, it also lends itself to the delusion that we are somehow self-sustaining, which almost immediately estranges us from God.  For, after all, if we are...
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Finding One Another in Beauty

Twenty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time: 9-4-16 Peace be with You, As we have seen the last several weeks, receiving pedagogical training from Jesus is challenging to say the very least.  At one and the same time we hear our Lord warning us of the difficulties that lie in wait for those who choose to follow him on the road he travels and of the peace and hope that a life of discipleship can bring.  The message we hear today is no less challenging, and in fact, marks a crossroads as we walk an...
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Staying Focused on the Race at Hand

Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time: 8-14-16 Peace be with You, Last Sunday we spoke about how faith can act as a portal that allows us to live the life of eternity beginning here and now.  Moreover, we saw that a faith-filled life is not characterized by a unique abstract mental approach to life, but rather it is characterized by an active pursuit of the life God calls us to as exemplified by our father in faith, Abraham.  Accordingly, we heard Jesus call us to pass through this portal of f...
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A Healthy Indifference

Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time: 7-31-16 Peace be with You, Over the last several weeks, we have been receiving a course in the fundamentals of discipleship from Jesus.  We have seen that the life of discipleship is: 1) founded upon a relationship with Christ that seeks unity with Him; 2) has the imitation of Christ as its practical aim; and 3) consists of two fundamental and complementary dimensions: the active and the contemplative.  This week, we are given instruction on how these tw...
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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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Living Sermons

            By Tony Crescio Preach the Gospel at all times, and if necessary, use words.  So goes the saying often attributed to the Italian saint, Francis of Assisi.  Implied, of course, within this famous quote, is the idea that we have the ability to preach the gospel with the whole of our lives.  In a similar vein, St. Paul exhorted the church at Colossae to ‘do everything, whether in word or in deed, in the name of the Lord Jesus’ (3:17...
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