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Fix Me, Jesus; Fix Me – Three Reasons Why Even Our Spiritual Life Needs Fixing

When I was a good bit younger, in college actually, I had to take a few economics and marketing courses. At that time I thought to myself, “God has a bad marketing department,” since things like Scripture and prayer were often so difficult to understand and do. God seemed to insist that we pray, but […]

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Does Jesus Forbid Self-Defense?

In daily Mass for Monday of the 11th Week of the Year, we read a passage from the Sermon on the Mount. It is a challenging text that raises many questions if read in a literal or absolute manner. You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for […]

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Celebrating the Vocation of Fatherhood

The celebration of Father’s Day offers us an opportunity to reflect on the irreplaceable role fathers play in the life of the family, in society and in the Church. In the creation story, we learn that the Lord intends for a man called to the vocation of fatherhood and made in God’s image and likeness […]

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If You Can Use Anything Lord, You Can Use Me – A Homily for the 11th Sunday of the Year

The readings for this Sunday speak of God’s providence, which is often displayed in humble, hidden, and mysterious ways. While it is true that God sometimes works in overpowering ways, His more common method seems to be using the humble and even unlikely things of the created order to accomplish His goals. For us who […]

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On Honesty and Sincerity, As Seen in a Commercial

The word honesty comes from the Latin honestas meaning an honor received from others, a kind of “standing in honor” before others (honor + stas (to stand)). It’s interesting that most people are willing to be a little phony in order to get vague appreciation or to be thought well of. (The whole cosmetics industry […]

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Ordinations to the Priesthood

Tomorrow, June 16, I will have the joy of ordaining the three newest priests for the Archdiocese – Father Oscar Astigarraga, Father Andrew Clyne and Father Kevin Fields – during a Mass at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. This evening, people are gathering at the Basilica for a Eucharistic Holy […]

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What Buzz Lightyear Taught Me About Life

I was interviewed on National Public Radio last year regarding a blog post I had written a few years previously about the movie “Toy Story.” The link to the interview is at the bottom of this post. You may wish to skip my written remarks below and just go to the interview instead, as it […]

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Throwback Thursday: Making Earthly Life More Heavenly: Marriage Jubilarians

This Sunday, it will once again be my privilege to celebrate a special Mass for married couples marking a significant jubilee anniversary.  It is a day of profound love and thanks for 25, 50, 60 or even 75 years of married life together. The lives of these couples who have lived many years together are […]

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Time to Decide – A Reflection on a Question from Elijah

At Mass for Wednesday of the 10th Week in Ordinary Time, we read a crucial question from Elijah. It came at a time of widespread apostasy among the Jewish people. Elijah summoned a multitude to Mt. Carmel in the far north of Israel: Elijah appealed to all the people and said, “How long will you […]

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What Ails Us? The Rise of the Imperial, Autonomous Self

A rather succinct and accurate summary of our current malaise is that we live in the age of “the imperial, autonomous self.” In effect, many if not most people claim an authority, a right, to craft their own reality and live according to their own notions of it. Not so long ago, it was generally […]

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