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The Body and Blood of Christ

Being a n early riser, I usually went to daily Mass with my Dad form the time I was in kindergarten.  Therefore, the greatest day of my life was when I celebrated and received my first communion.  So caught up in the joyous wonder of being able to receive communion, I began to count the [...]

2018-06-17T13:03:23+00:00

Notes from Pentecost Sunday

Sometimes words seem to lose something in the translation.  This is especially true when it comes to religious ideas.  In his book Meditations Anthony Bloom tells one such story.  “A Japanese man once said to me.  ‘I think I understand about the Father and the Son, but I can never discover the significance of ‘the [...]

2018-06-05T20:35:35+00:00

April 22, 2018 Homily

Although I can’t personally vouch for it, this story is said to be true.    A Sunday school superintendent in a protestant church had two new boys -- brothers -- to register for Sunday school.  After writing down their names, she asked them for their ages and birthdays.  One of them said, “We are both seven.  [...]

2018-05-01T01:29:48+00:00

Easter Sunday Homily

We’ve all seen weight loss commercials that show before and after pictures of people who used their product. There are many make over shows on television which show how people, rooms, front yards or even entire houses are transformed. Once again before and after pictures or video can often leave us amazed at what happened. [...]

2018-05-01T01:33:17+00:00

On this Feast we call “Good Friday”

On this Feast we call “Good Friday” listen to these words from the second century by Saint Melito of Sardis. They include both a prayer to Jesus and something for us to consider. You have given yourself for redemption: soul for soul, body for body, blood for blood, man for many, and death for death. [...]

2018-04-10T20:03:57+00:00