Feast Days, Reflections, Virgin Mary

Our Lady of Guadalupe: Mary Wants to Visit Us

Readings for the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe Before my deeper conversion into Catholicism took place, I thought Marian apparitions like Our Lady of Guadalupe were kind of foreign and hard to take seriously… They seemed really unrelatable and superstitious to me — strange legends that only distracted from God. “Where does anything like that happen in the Bible,”…

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Advent, Reflections

Poor and Childlike: Open to Reality

Tuesday of the First Week of Advent I give you praise, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, for although you have hidden these things from the wise and the learned you have revealed them to the childlike. Yes, Father, such has been your gracious will. Who are the “wise and the learned” that Jesus is talking about? They are those who have already…

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Talks

Bored with God: Acedia the 8th Deadly Sin

The following talk was delivered at the Men’s Prayer Breakfast at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church: One of my favorite authors, GK Chesterton, once said: “There are no uninteresting things. Just uninterested people.” I think he’s right. The world around us is objectively interesting. The people, the places, the animals the colors, smells, sights… existence itself is miraculous…

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Liturgical Seasons, Reflections

Assembling the Nativity Scene

Readings for Friday of the 34th Week in Ordinary Time This week, they’ve been building the nativity scene out on the front lawn of the church. Mary and Joseph are out there, and the stable, the manger… a sheep, and of course… a donkey. Now we all know what that means when the nativity scene comes out again!  Christmas is…

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Feast Days, Reflections

Andrew was a really good fisherman

Readings for The Feast of St. Andrew the Apostle I’m sure Saint Andrew was a really good fisherman. He had accumulated a lifetime of hard-earned experience and raw instinct, working the shores of the Sea of Galilee each and every day. His father was a fisherman himself, and surely taught Andrew and his brother Peter everything they knew. Since the…

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Liturgical Seasons

Advent Talk

Recently I had the awesome opportunity to present on the topic of Advent at an RCIA session here at the parish! It’s hard to believe we’re already preparing for Christmas, but it’s true. Here is the recording from the session:

Feast Days, Reflections, Virgin Mary

Living Consistently for the Lord

Mary was perfectly open to God from the start. That’s really what we are celebrating today in this Feast of the Presentation of Mary. As the story goes, Saints Joachim and Anne brought their three year old daughter, Mary to be dedicated to the Lord in His Holy Temple — She was consecrated. Set apart. Given over to Him totally.…

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Reflections

Death is a gift?

Readings for Tuesday of the 32nd Week in Ordinary Time They seemed in the view of the foolish, to be dead; and their passing away was thought an affliction — and their going forth from us, utter destruction. But they are in peace. (Wisdom 3:2-3) This passage from the book of Wisdom, very often chosen for funerals, gives us a…

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Reflections

Jesus, the Waiter

  When I was in high school, I worked at Shoney’s as a waiter on the weekends. I still vividly remember coming home late at night — sometimes 10, 11 o’clock or even later — completely wiped out, smelling like greasy french fries as I carefully counted out my dollar-bills from the evening’s tips. No matter how late I came…

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Reflections

How to be “Seeker-friendly”

I too will go to seek the LORD. This line from our first reading from Zechariah stuck out for me. In some Christian circles, people will talk about the so-called “seekers.” By “seekers,” they mean people who aren’t really sure about God or the Church — but they’re actively searching for deeper meaning in their lives. They’re open to the…

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