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Christ in the Eucharist

Dear Brothers and Sisters: For this week and for the next two Sundays I would like to present a series on the True Presence of Christ in the Eucharist. The majority of Catholics today think that Christ is only symbolically present in the Eucharist and in the church. His presence Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity…
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Go and Announce

This week 800 people: priests, married and single were sent two by two to all the dioceses of the US to announce the Gospel as St. Mark tells us (Mk. 6:7-13). I was sent in 2008 to Sacramento, CA. God took good care of me and a seminarian and I were shown hospitality at the…
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He Can Do Mighty Works

St. Augustine is one of the greatest minds of the Church, especially in the first millennium since Jesus Christ. The Confessions is a classic work of his conversion and is a wonderful book to read, this summer, or anytime (the translation by Maria Boulding, OSB is wonderful). It was a book very unusual for his…
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Little Girl, Get up!

Naaman the Syrian was a great commander in the army and he had a big personal problem; he suffered from a virulent skin-disease.  One of his slave girls said to her mistress if only he would approach the prophet Elisha he could be cured.  The mistress told Naaman and he sent to the King of…
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Who is Lord Over Wind and Sea

Jonah was a very important person in the primitive Church since he is a figure of Jesus Christ. Many Catholics may have never read the Book of Jonah (only four chapters) nor have a familiarity with his life. The Gospel of this Sunday (Mark 4:35-41) has many parallels, and contrasts with the experience of Jonah…
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Recovering the Body and Blood of Christ

The feast of the Body and Blood of Christ, Corpus Christi, is always a gift which helps us not only to celebrate the Eucharist but also to remind us that God is always with us. In thinking of this feast I remembered one of the recent times I went to the Seminary with a group…
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Solemnity of the Holy Trinity

The Church gives us this great feast of the Holy Trinity, the central tenet of our faith. The light of Easter is still with us as Pope Francis reminded us and this feast ring a bell telling us that God is not something vague and vaporous; he is concrete and not an abstraction, and has…
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Ascension, A Lifting Up

In Luke’s Gospel after the Ascension of Jesus the apostles come back full of joy and they were continually in the Temple praising God.  It is a strange reaction to the fact that they would no longer see their Messiah, and they would be on their own bringing the Good News to the four corners…
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You did not chose me

The key phrase from the fifteenth chapter of John’s Gospel this week is “you did not chose me, I have chosen you.”  It reminds me of my first Mass, which had the same gospel some twelve years ago.  I can remember thinking, yeah, yeah, God chose me, but really thinking that the initiative was mine,…
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