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Great Feast – And Nobody Shows Up!


Today’s gospel, the great feast parable, reminds me of the time I planned a big birthday party for my son. I invited people a month ahead and gradually everyone bugged out. Only 2 elderly friends came and had cake with us. He was very disappointed. So for his Confirmation/1st Communion a couple of years later, I invited the usual people,…

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The Devil Waits Outside the Church


The Devil Waits Outside the Church She arrived during the homily. Walking right up to the statue of Mary Help of Christians, crowned with May flowers and lovingly arranged her small spray in the Virgin’s arms. She genuflected, then crossed to the altar and prostrated herself, before proceeding to sit on the other side. I recognized her from 6:30 am…

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Oops! God, Have Mercy, I Goofed Again


  Sunday’s gospel (Luke 18:9-14) was all about humility. The pharisee proudly reminds God how well he has kept His commandments. The tax collector, in shame, hides in a corner and begs God’s mercy. Fr. K’s homily began with a reminder that once we think we have humility, we’ve lost it. His hint couldn’t have come at a better time. More…

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Form and Substance


Outdoor altar at the Memorial to the Unborn, St. Germaine’s Catholic Church, Prescott Valley, AZ There is a lot of contention these days about the particular form of things.  What words should be used in the prayers of the Mass.  What gestures should be made.  How we should place the furniture (ie., altar, tabernacle, pews, etc.).  These are all superficialities.  I would gladly…

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