Whine or Shine

A Homily for the Seventh Sunday of Easter (Year B) and for Mother’s Day 13 May 2018 During those days Peter stood up in the midst of the brothers (there was a group of about one hundred and twenty persons in the one place).  He said, “My brothers, the scripture

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Festina Lente

Festina Lente[1] When I was in college, I read an insightful article by the Japanese Catholic author Shusaku Endo.[2]  He told the story of an ancient Buddhist temple atop a high mountain in Japan.  The temple was so high and remote that it took pious pilgrims hours and even days

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Holy Chutzpa

One of my favorite biblical characters is none other than the Canaanite woman described in the fifteenth chapter of the Gospel of Matthew:   At that time Jesus withdrew to the region of Tyre and Sidon.  And behold, a Canaanite woman of that district came and called out, “Have pity

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Oh, Deer!

A Homily for the 29th Sunday in Ordinary time, Year A This past Monday night, as I was coming back to my rectory from a Forty Hours celebration at Saint Theresa’s Church in Hellertown, the young man who happened to be driving me slowed his car and then came to

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