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Category: ‘The Thought’

The Thirteenth Week in Ordinary Time 

Every time I assisted pilgrimages to the Holy Land, we stopped in Magdala. It is the site of a memorial church built recently to Women of the Gospels. You walk into the church and a dome is held up by seven pillars with women’s names on them. These are heroines

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The Twelfth Week in Ordinary Time

Dear Friends in Christ, This June, let us advocate for migrants at our southern border who face mortal danger. Many Latinos have varied but valid reasons to come to our door: death squads in their home countries, gangs that had been extorting money from them, misguided leaders who ruined economies

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The Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

The Rule of Law and Humility. It’s a shame whenever people break the law and gloat about it. Since moving to Baltimore, on a number of occasions I have nearly lost my life to reckless drivers who decided it’s within their right to drive over 100 miles an hour on an

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The Tenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

The world news depresses me. And the news agencies know it depresses everyone. NBC like their broadcasting companies neutralize the sadness of the world with a feel good story like a little dog who escaped its kidnappers and found its way home after four months or the child who raised

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The Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ

Next Sunday, June 2 is the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ. The Old Testament and Epistle readings this year refer to the sprinkling of blood. In our Judeo-Christian understanding, blood consecrates and purifies a people when blood is sprinkled on them. By sharing in a

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The Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity

Since January, St. Ignatius has offered a 6 pm Mass on Sundays for young adults and those who find Sunday nights a convenient time to worship. Attendance has been lower than expected and I suspect summer months will draw even fewer. Therefore, I will suspend the 6 pm Mass in

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Pentecost Sunday

Christ’s lesson of the Good Samaritan was initially meant to answer the question, “Who is my neighbor?” But it teaches us about the work of the Holy Spirit in two ways. In the story, it was not the most pious and religious figures who are as generous as God, but

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The Seventh Sunday of Easter

Jim Carrey played Fletcher Reede in a film “Liar Liar.” Everyone knew that Fletcher lied his way through life, even his son. While blowing out the candles on his birthday cake, this little boy wished that his father would stop lying for just one day. This wish turned Fletcher’s life

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The Sixth Sunday of Easter

In yesterday’s Gospel, Jesus used the agricultural analogy of a vine to teach us that two lessons:  a)     There must be regular pruning of fruitless branches. b)    Branches that remain close to the vine will bear fruit.  The first lesson, that of pruning, hit home for me personally. I’m wearing a cap on

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The Fifth Sunday of Easter

Greetings on a sunny afternoon. Fr. Brian was indisposed this week so we were unable to video our weekly chat of ‘The Thought.’ The buck got passed back to me and here I am taking my pulse on how I am feeling in our world at the moment… Continue on

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The Thirteenth Week in Ordinary Time 

Every time I assisted pilgrimages to the Holy Land, we stopped in Magdala. It is the site of a memorial church built recently to Women of the Gospels. You walk into the church and a dome is held up by seven pillars with women’s names on them. These are heroines

The Twelfth Week in Ordinary Time

Dear Friends in Christ, This June, let us advocate for migrants at our southern border who face mortal danger. Many Latinos have varied but valid reasons to come to our door: death squads in their home countries, gangs that had been extorting money from them, misguided leaders who ruined economies

The Thirteenth Week in Ordinary Time 

Every time I assisted pilgrimages to the Holy Land, we stopped in Magdala. It is the site of a memorial church built recently to Women of the Gospels. You walk into the church and a dome is held up by seven pillars with women’s names on them. These are heroines

The Twelfth Week in Ordinary Time

Dear Friends in Christ, This June, let us advocate for migrants at our southern border who face mortal danger. Many Latinos have varied but valid reasons to come to our door: death squads in their home countries, gangs that had been extorting money from them, misguided leaders who ruined economies

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