The Lamb Is Silent!

Dear Brothers and Sisters, The Virgin Mary appeared to fifteen people in Knock, Ireland in 1879.  Most of the people present remember the beauty of the Virgin but did not remember that there was a three month old lamb and Saint John with the Bible on the altar.  The lamb and the bible are a…
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Allow Yourself To Be Loved By God

Dear Brothers and Sisters, The number of people in jail who have Baptism I suspect might be close to eighty percent.  Even in many parishes among those couples who bring their child for Baptism most of them are not married in the Church, more than half and probably close to eighty percent, which does not…
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God Wants To Give Us Something Truly Great!

Dear Brothers and Sisters, It is important to think and reflect that God was really born in a cave and his first bed was a manger. Do you believe this?  Not just intellectually, but do you believe it in your heart.  Then why are we always looking for God in a palace or in a…
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We Can Offer Ourselves Also To The Father

Dear Brothers and Sisters, The Jewish tradition about the presentation in the Temple was that the mother had to be purified forty days after the birth of a son and the first born male had to be redeemed or bought back from God for five shekels, or about two dollars in those days.  Of course,…
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Mary Is A Reed Of God

Dear Brothers and Sisters, A reed grows by a stream.  It is the simplest of things, but must be cut by a sharp knife, hollowed out, and stops must be cut in it; it must be shaped and pierced before it can utter a shepherd’s song.  It is the narrowest emptiness in the world, but…
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Mary, Don’t Be Humble, Say ‘Yes’

Dear Brothers and Sisters, St. Bernard holds a high place in Christian spirituality at a time when the monastic order in the 12th century flourished.  In thirty-five years he made 68 foundations of new Cistercian monasteries and was the main promoter of his Order, which at the time of his death in 1153 had 350…
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People Need A Voice That Makes Christ Present

Dear Friends, John the Baptist described himself as being only a voice, a voice that announces the Word.  The voice fades but the Word of God remains.  We are also a voice that is able to announce Jesus Christ.  And through our voice God’s word can enter the heart of the other person.   If you…
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Be A ‘Voice’ To Those Near You

Dear Friends, I was thinking in the last few days that I already lived a few years longer than my father and many years longer than my youngest brother who died at thirty-two.  Clearly God is making straight the crooked ways of my life.  It is not complete but at least I am heading in…
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What Is The Meaning Of Purple In Advent?

Dear Brothers and Sisters, As Cardinal John Henry Newman said some hundred years ago, Christ anticipated that as time passes we would tend to neglect him and so he reminded us of his Second Coming.   This time he will come much more suddenly so we need to watch for it. The meaning of the command…
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He Welcomes Those Who Welcomed Him

Dear Brothers and Sisters, St. Francis when he kissed the leper he saw Christ and from that moment on he turned his back on the world.  Christ is truly present anonymously in the sick, the poor, the unloved, in those we cannot accept.  We will be judged on this.  It is not an unexamined life…
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