October 11, 2020
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The Blood of Christ is the Source of Genuine Service

The month of July is traditionally associated with the Blood of Christ. This feast powerfully reminds us of Christ’s humanity. The Precious Blood of Jesus’ tradition within the Catholic world goes back to roughly one hundred and seventy years ago...

Prayer and Fraternal Service Go Together

The Second Sunday of Easter is the Sunday in which the universal Church, according to the personal will of Christ himself, celebrates the feast of the Divine Mercy. In entry 229 of her Diary, St. Faustina faithfully records Jesus’ words as given by...

Will You See the Image of God?

God is merciful! Deuteronomy chapter 30 sets the tone. Moses addressed the people: “If only you would heed the voice of the LORD, your God and keep his commandments and statutes.” He continues a few verses later saying that the commandments of God...

A Misguided Search for Power

I often check in with Deacon Greg Kandra’s “The Deacon Bench.” I am sure it is by far the most read blog in the American diaconate. Greg often has a mix of stories that I like, dislike, and challenge me. On October 25th of this year, I...

Service to the Very End

Comparing the institution of the Eucharist in the synoptic Gospels (Matthew, Mark and Luke) with the Gospel of John, what stands out right away, is that the institution of the Eucharist is missing in the Gospel of John. It has been replaced by the...

True Discipleship

In the Gospel of Matthew (16:21-27), Jesus rebukes Peter saying, “Get behind me Satan!” The New American Bible translates that line as “Get out of my sight, you Satan!” This is one of the strongest rebukes by Jesus found in the New Testament. And I...

Eagle Scouts Lead Us Into Deep Water

I would like to thank you for providing me a few moments to honor this newest Eagle Scout from our parish. It is a privilege to be in the midst of so many who serve their communities in such special ways. This afternoon, as we count the ways in...