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Forgive Every Time

I had dinner with some friends the other night who have five young children — four boys and one girl. I asked the oldest boy: “So, on an average day, how many times do you have to forgive your brothers? Maybe like seven times a day?” He giggled hysterically and corrected me: “Noooo… a LOT […]

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Sound the Alarm!

My parents recently set off their house alarm by accident.  There was no intruder this time, and thankfully they were able to disarm the system before the cops and firetrucks descended on their house to apprehend the imaginary invader. But this image helps me make a very simple point: We want security systems for a […]

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This Can’t Happen, Lord

Earlier this year, as the reality of the pandemic set in, and the full extent of of this crisis became more and more clear, the thought that kept coming to my mind was: “Lord, this can’t happen. You can’t be serious, Lord!” I have too many plans. Too many expectations. Too much else going on […]

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The Master Keys

Among the many important things I’ve received during my first week here at St. Andrews — including wifi passwords, access to parish calendars, and instructions on how to make coffee for the office — probably THE most important, most useful thing I have received are the “Keys to the Kingdom.” That’s right — I now […]

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Let Jesus be Himself

Jesus is really good at attracting people to Himself. He knows exactly how to reach each person’s heart, how to captivate both men and women, old and young alike, how to draw souls into his influence and lead them to become fully committed, life-long disciples. He is, as Pope St. Paul VI once put it, […]

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Heaven is for real — but are we really for Heaven?

Homily for the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, body and soul into the heart of Heaven, may not seem immediately relevant to us. But at the core of this feast day is the fundamental Christian belief that we too are destined to enjoy Heaven […]

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The Church is hungry!

Our gospel story this morning picks up just after Jesus hears the news that his cousin, St. John the Baptist, has been put to death by King Herod.  When he learns what happened to John, we read that “he withdrew in a boat to a deserted place by himself.” Perhaps Jesus understandably wanted some space […]

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Truth is Trustworthy

In our Psalm today, we heard the following phrases: The judgements of the Lord are true, and all of them just. The law of the LORD is perfect. The decree of the LORD is trustworthy. The precepts of the LORD are right. The command of the LORD is clear. Phrases like these are crucially important […]

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The Story Behind a Chalice

Here’s a video explaining the symbolism and personal meaning behind all the imagery used in my chalice design! Hope you enjoy.

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Jesus Deserves Good Friends

Homily for Friday of the Fifth Week of Easter Have you ever tried to maintain a friendship, but it just wasn’t working? The person always had something else going on… maybe they had something better to do than spend time with you? Or maybe they were unreliable — They forgot promises, ignored responsibilities, never returned […]