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The Time Came – A Christmas Homily

Christmas Readings “The time came for her to have her child.” The time came for each one of us. For me, the time came at 7PM sharp on August 30th, 1988. For my sister, the time came at 2:30AM on May 15th, 1991. For my beautiful little niece, the time finally came at 5:30AM on […]

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Eight Days of Doubt: Feast of St. Thomas the Apostle

This is a reflection delivered after mass on the Feast of St. Thomas the Apostle. Thomas often gets a bad rap for doubting… but have you ever noticed that he STAYED with the other Apostles a full week after they started raving over something he totally didn’t believe? This is impressive to me, and it […]

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St. Boniface and Thor’s Thunder Oak

Readings for Tuesday of the Ninth Week in Ordinary Time

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The Pope is a Pastor, not a CEO | Feast of Chair of St. Peter

Readings for the Feast of the Chair of Saint Peter, Apostle

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I wanted to watch your struggle

Readings for the Memorial of Saint Anthony, Abbot The story of David and Goliath is a classic Bible story — one that most anyone off the street would be familiar with. But at a deep, allegorical level, the David and Goliath story illustrates the spiritual combat we are each called to engage in on a […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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. […]

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Refuse God Nothing – Feast of St. Jeanne Jugan

“Refuse God nothing.” These are the words of the saint we are celebrating today — St. Jeanne Jugan. She’s a special patroness of mine, and her feast happens to fall on my birthday! Jeanne Jugan is remembered today as the foundress of the Little Sisters of the Poor — a congregation whose mission is to […]

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The Ascension: Did Jesus Just Float Away?

Watch any little kid with a balloon. They hold onto that balloon for dear life. That’s because they know that the moment they let go, their balloon will be lost forever. But sooner or later, whether the child is distracted or just loses interest, they loosen their grip. And off the balloon goes… never to return. […]