I Am The Bread Of Life

Dear Brothers and Sisters, The Eucharist sustains our body and our soul.  Many saints have existed only eating the Host for months and even years.  For Blessed Alexandrina from Portugal, who ate only the Eucharist for thirteen years.  During that time, she spent more than a month in a hospital being checked out by specialists,…
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When We Are Loved, We Can Love

Dear Brothers and Sisters, There is a profound yearning in us for Jesus Christ, for eternal life and we easily drown it out with our plans and the struggles of life. We were made for God and this is what our heart deeply seeks. Jesus sees the needs of the people in the gospel and…
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They Did Not Have A Shepherd

Dear Friends, The Lord notices and has compassion on the people. He is truly the good shepherd looking out for us.  The Lord is my shepherd, there is nothing I shall want.  Is that true for you and me?  If he is really my shepherd then I am perfectly fulfilled with him, and only him….
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A Fig Needs To Be Pinched to Be Sweet

Dear Friends, The Zacchaeus climbed up a sycamore tree to see Christ. These trees are easy to climb because their branches are low to the ground. Christ didn’t call him, “Hey fatso,” or any kind of derogatory name; he didn’t call him a thief. He called him by his name; he pinched him.  A fig…
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But I Love Everyone!

Dear Brothers and Sisters, Jesus Christ returns to Nazareth and also symbolically comes to our land, to our country, to our world.  How many times has he come to us when we were in crisis and could not understand the meaning of life or of our suffering?  How often he was present in our history,…
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I Can Do This One Thing

Dear Brothers and Sisters, In the gospel of Mark, we hear of Jairus, the leader of the synagogue, who comes with great humility, falling at his feet and pleading for help.  This leader goes to the King of leaders and begs for help.  He also does something very unusual.  He asks Jesus not only to…
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What Is Heaven Like?

Dear Brothers and Sisters, A priest in Boston made a terrific video on the crisis of fatherhood today and its spiritual ramifications.  This is probably the greatest difficulty in the family today and has enormous consequences for our culture.  The link is below. No dad is perfect but just his presence has a calming impact…
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My Body Is The True Bread Of Life

Dear Brothers and Sisters, One day many years ago, in a little town in Luxembourg, a Captain of the Forest Guards was in deep conversation with the butcher when an elderly woman entered the shop. The butcher broke off the conversation to ask the old woman what she wanted. She had come to beg for…
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Faith Is Having An Experience Of God

Dear Brothers and Sisters, I studied several courses in the seminary, and before as a lay man, on the Holy Trinity.  I can honestly say that I remember almost nothing other than a few basic ideas.  On a retreat earlier this year the organizers gave us a questionnaire on the action of God in our…
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The Sweet Guest Of Your Soul

Dear Brothers and Sisters, Perhaps you know by heart the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit and the twelve fruits, and you can even describe them, but what good is that?  It is good to know them; they are a beautiful promises for us, but much more important is that the ‘sweet guest’ enters your…
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