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From fearful faith to fearless faith

From fearful faith to fearless faith

| Father Michael Joncas | March 6, 2018 | 0 Comments

The few verses appointed in the lectionary for the Fourth Sunday of Lent in Year B (Jn 3:14-21) offer an embarrassment of riches in terms of the themes the Gospel writer touches upon: being “lifted up”; the connection of belief in the Son of God and eternal life; the mission of the Son (“so that the world might be saved through him”); and the contrasts between believing or being condemned, loving light or darkness, doing evil or doing the truth, all of which provide rich fare for meditation and preaching.

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A new focus

A new focus

| Father Tom Walker | February 22, 2018 | 0 Comments

Jesus’ boyhood home of Nazareth sits on a ridge overlooking a broad valley. Mount Tabor (the site in the Gospel passage for Feb. 25) towers above the valley just a short distance away. Surveying the scene, I have wondered if today’s Gospel story was the only time Jesus had made a pilgrimage up that holy mountain. As a boy growing up in Nazareth, how often had he gone to the edge of town to view the mountain? As a young man, had Mount Tabor often been a place to spend time in communion with his Father and with the holy ones who had come before him?

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A contagious faith

A contagious faith

| Father Jim Livingston | February 8, 2018 | 0 Comments

In the Gospel reading for Feb. 11, a leper came to Jesus. In biblical times, a scab, pustule, blotch or sore on the skin could be a symptom of leprosy, and reason enough to isolate its carrier from society to prevent contagion.

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The typology of Christ

The typology of Christ

| Father Jan Michael Joncas | January 25, 2018 | 0 Comments

The Deuteronomy reading (Dt 18:15-20) and the Gospel selection (Mk 1:21-28) for Jan. 28 give us the opportunity to employ one of the most ancient forms of biblical interpretation: typology.

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The ultimate home for Jesus, and us

The ultimate home for Jesus, and us

| Father John Paul Erickson | January 10, 2018 | 0 Comments

“Where are you?”

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Mary, the perfect model

Mary, the perfect model

| Jacqui Skemp | December 18, 2017 | 0 Comments

Our first Christmas as a married couple, my husband and I stood side by side at the vigil Mass, both fully aware of the child growing within me.

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Are you prepared?

Are you prepared?

| Deacon Michael Nevin | December 4, 2017 | 0 Comments

As we draw ever closer to the great celebration of Christmas, many of us are busy preparing for the festivities that accompany such a great season of joy. The stores have been filled with holiday displays for months, front yards are resplendent with lights and decorations, and life is busy buying gifts for our loved ones.

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Long live Christ the King

Long live Christ the King

| Deacon Stephen Najarian | November 20, 2017 | 1 Comment

Mixed in with the politics of the Mexican revolution of some 10 years earlier, the decades of Church persecution were finally coming to a head.

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Replenishing our flame

Replenishing our flame

| Jacqui Skemp | November 8, 2017 | 0 Comments

As the liturgical year comes to a close, the Church draws our attention to the ends and beginnings.

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What do we love?

What do we love?

| Deacon Michael Nevin | October 25, 2017 | 0 Comments

Many years ago, my wife decided to do some interior decorating in our home, and stenciled the “Great Commandment” from the Gospel of Matthew on the walls of our stairway: “You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your soul and with all your mind. You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”

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To have Mass, we need to foster priestly vocations

To have Mass, we need to foster priestly vocations

| Deacon Stephan Najarian | October 11, 2017 | 0 Comments

Jesus used many parables to describe the kingdom of heaven. It’s like a mustard seed, a treasure buried in a field, a pearl of great price, and, as we hear this Sunday, like a wedding feast. The Book of Revelation describes heaven as the eternal wedding feast of the Lamb: Jesus the bridegroom, celebrating the union with his bride, the Church, in one huge banquet for all eternity.

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God is not a personal prayer vending machine

God is not a personal prayer vending machine

| Nell O’Leary Alt | September 26, 2017 | 1 Comment

I used to pray out my fixed, rigid request list. I considered God to be my personal prayer vending machine. Prayer in; prayer answered.

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