Lent, Liturgical Seasons, Reflections

Catholic Olympics and Grace

Readings for Tuesday of the Sixth Week in Ordinary Time It’s hard to believe, but Lent kicks off tomorrow. Lent is that time of the year for each of us to seriously examine our hearts and enter more deeply into the mystery of our salvation. It’s a time to experience again the breathtaking mercy of our God, who at just…

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Art, Sacraments

“If you wish, you can make me clean.”

This weekend’s Gospel passage reveals Christ’s great desire to heal us of everything that drags us down and enslaves us. The leper comes to Jesus saying, “If you wish, you can make me clean.” Our Lord wastes no time reassuring him: “I do will it. Be made clean.” In the midst of the Church, the Lord’s desire to “make us…

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Reflections, Saints

Is Jesus Blasting Tradition?

Memorial of Saint Paul Miki and Companions, Martyrs This morning, I’d like to briefly comment on the topic of Tradition. When we hear Jesus say things like: “You disregard God’s commandment but cling to human tradition!” we might begin to wonder — is Jesus blasting all Tradition? What about Catholic traditions — are they safe? What does he mean by…

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