Conversion

Walking along the Great Miami River this past Sunday, I came to Poplar Creek and was awed by the beauty of the scene. After several days of deep freeze Ohio, this Sunday in February was a welcome treat with a temperature well into the 50s. As I stood and absorbed…

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Oh no, not rules!

We U.S. Catholics are a bit allergic to rules! “Too many rules” is one of the reasons people give for leaving the Church. This week and next, we are going to hear about commandments! Maybe we struggle to affirm the truth of the first line of our first reading: “if…

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Consecrated life and the Amaryllis

This weekend the Catholic Church celebrates the “World Day of Consecrated Life.” A day to thank God for the call that many of us have received since the early days of the Church. Women and men have lived this call in all parts of the world and in all geographic…

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Why unlit candles?

On the Feast of St. Blaise back in 1950, the Church blessed throats with two crossed candles: lit crossed candles. I remember this because my mom approached the altar with our twins in her arms. With the tenacious grip of 8-month-olds, Richard and Joan grabbed the candles. Monsignor Brady wrestled;…

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Other power

In our Gospel reading, Jesus uses two metaphors to describe us, his disciples: “You are the salt of the earth … You are the light of the world.” He asks a Socratic question — “if salt loses its taste, with what can it be seasoned?” Of course, salt could not…

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What do I hoard?

Who are “kingdom people?” Our readings this 4th Sunday of Ordinary Time all describe specific behaviors and attitudes of Kingdom People, with humility perhaps being the common thread. Today, it being the “Matthew” year (cycle A), we hear his version of the beatitudes; Luke’s version is found in Lk 6:17ff.…

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Unity

The week of Christian Unity frequently does not start on a Sunday! It is always January 18-25 — so this coming third Sunday of Ordinary Time is right in the middle in of Christian Unity Week. This special week always ends on the feast of the conversion of St Paul…

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Identity and mission

January 15 is the second Sunday of “Ordinary Time,” one of the counted weeks of the liturgical year that are not part of liturgical seasons like Advent and Lent. Some “ordinary time” Sundays occur after Christmas — how many depends on whether Easter, a movable feast day, is early or…

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Being stretched

Our January 8th Gospel is the story of the three “magi” or three “kings.” This story is from Matthew’s infancy narrative. Infancy narratives are teaching stories that serve as introductions to themes of the main Gospel which follows. Matthew is writing for Jewish converts, and he is using his magi…

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