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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 […]... Read More

Were You There When the Sun Refused to Shine?

Sometimes a line in a song cuts straight to the heart.  I feel it with the National Anthem (and the rockets’ red glare…), The Celtic Farewell (may holy angels be there at your welcoming, and all the saints who go before you there), and Were You There?  For me it’s verse 4, “were you there […]... Read More

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 […]... Read More

Judgement Calls

This morning’s sermon was about making judgements.  The gospel passage today was from Matthew 7:1-5. “Do not judge and you will not be judged…”  The pastor of my dad’s church talked about the judgments he had experienced and had made on his recent holiday.  I could totally relate. Afterwards, another early mass goer was telling […]... Read More

The Heavenly Man

China is a Communist country.  Christianity is illegal and those who preach it are cruelly treated.  If a family has one child already and is found to be expecting another, the mother is detained and the developing baby aborted.  If the mother manages to escape and have her baby, enormous fines and other punishments are […]... Read More

Amazing Love

As a prisoner in a Nazi death camp, Corrie Ten Boom, a Dutch watchmaker, saw many of her family and friends die.  A fateful mistake caused her release only one day before all women her age were to be killed.  She had every reason for despair and revenge.  Instead, a few years later, she brought […]... Read More

The Sunday There Was No Mass

We live in a very rural area.  We were actually considered a “mission” church for many years before the Diocese restructured all the churches into independent entities.  For a while we didn’t even have a priest assigned to us. Finally the Bishop decided to combine us with two other “local” churches and assign one priest […]... Read More

The Human Experience – Dignity in the Midst of Poverty

Two young men from Brooklyn, New York set out to find out what it means to live the gospel in misery and poverty.  From the homeless in New York, to the forgotten orphans of Peru, to modern day leper colonies in Africa, we are presented with the powerful drama that is “the rest of the […]... Read More

Welcome The Stranger – Immigration Ponderings

, While not usually listed among the Corporal Works of Mercy, Jesus states this command among them in his discourse in Matthew 25:31-46. Specifically verses 35 and 36: “For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, a stranger and you welcomed me”. This should certainly leave […]... Read More

Bread in Abundance

Today’s Mass readings speak of a richly generous God. Isaiah 25:6-10 “…the Lord of Hosts will provide for all peoples a feast of rich food and choice wines”. Psalm 23 – need I quote? Matthew 15:29-37 is the story of Jesus feeding the 4000 (not including women and children). I grasped the point immediately: With […]... Read More