April 2, 2020
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The Mixture of Anguish and Shame In Our Souls

A few days ago, I read in the May issue of Catalyst an enlightening article written by Rick Hinshaw, the editor of The Long Island Catholic magazine. The title itself is enough to make one want to read on: “The Secularist Assault On America’s Moral...

Pentecost: Called from Safety to Love

The doors were locked. The bar was firmly in place. The Temple police who had hunted Jesus down Thursday evening would not so easily get into the Upper Room on Sunday. The disciples really didn’t know what they should do now that Jesus was dead...

Pentecost: God Chooses Us

Pentecost: God Chooses Us

I speak to you now of what cannot be fully explained. All we can do is probe reverently into the mystery of God’s final movement toward us, alienated and distant men and women who have, with Adam and Eve, broken our relations with God. Words...

Where The Wind Blows

Bob Dylan once sang, “You don’t need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows.” It may have been a catchy line forty years ago, but two thousand years ago, Jesus had a different perspective. But first some background. Within the Scriptures, the...

On Pentecost Sunday, The Church Was Born

When I think of  Pentecost Sunday, I have to remember Pentecost of 1984.  I was a young priest then, visiting Rome with my parents.  I was able to assist Pope John Paul II at the solemn Pentecost Mass in St. Peters Basilica. It was just me and the...

That We May Engage The Spirit In Our Lives

Today is the birthday of the Church. On Pentecost, the fiftieth day after Easter, we celebrate the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles and Mary. This great feast marks the end of the Easter season and commemorates the beginning of the...

Pentecost Is A Celebration Of A New Beginning

From time to time it is good for us to stand back and look at The Big Picture so I want to begin by doing that as I share some thoughts with you on this Solemnity of Pentecost. In ancient times God approached us through the Jewish prophets and...