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The Crucible of the Heart of Jesus

This reflection was delivered for my seminary community during Morning Prayer. The reading it is referring to is Judith 8:25-27. Nobody comes out of a crucible alive. It is a white-hot furnace designed to melt down the hardest metals. And yet our reading today says point blank: “Not for vengeance did the Lord put them […]

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Judgment Reflections

God Is Not Nice

Readings for Tuesday of the Fifteenth Week in Ordinary Time In today’s gospel passage, Jesus is quite angry with the crowds who would not repent and believe. These moments can shock us into asking the question: “Where did nice-Jesus go?”

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Feast Days Reflections Saints

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 Long Defeat

Readings for Tuesday of the Eighth Week in Ordinary Time Listen to the song here:

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Fear and Pride Go Hand in Hand

Readings for Tuesday of the Seventh Week in Ordinary Time

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Do You Love Me?

Readings for Friday of the Seventh Week of Easter Over the past few weekends, we’ve seen many of our second graders get to do something so amazingly awesome — Receive their First Holy Communion! I for one was so thrilled to see so many of you come forward — in suits and flowing white dresses […]

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Revealing God’s Grace

Readings for Tuesday of the Seventh Week of Easter I don’t know about your family, but in mine, “goodbyes” take forever. We have to start saying “goodbye” about 40 solid minutes before the time we actually intend to leave, and by that point, Italian cookies, money, and all sorts of other stuff you never asked […]

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What Christ’s Voice Doesn’t Sound Like

Readings for Tuesday of the Fourth Week of Easter In today’s Gospel, Jesus tells us: “My sheep hear my Voice.” But even as Christians… as the “flock” the Lord shepherds, we may often wonder… What does the Lord’s voice sound like? Perhaps one can start by reflecting on what Christ’s Voice does not sound like […]

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Asking for God’s Encore

Readings for Tuesday of the Third Week of Easter