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  • Faith but the size of a mustard seed
    by The Catholic Spirit on June 9, 2021

    “This is how it is with the kingdom of God ….” So begins the two parables from the Gospel of Mark on this Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time. These parables are addressed to the whole Church and all its members to give us all courage and assurance when our efforts at building up the kingdom of God on this planet seem to produce such meager results.

  • Accessibility of the Trinity
    by The Catholic Spirit on May 28, 2021

    Too often Christian believers are prone to regard the mystery of the Trinity as a piece of theological trivia, with little practical relevance for their lives. “The God I believe in is three-persons-in-one-essence, or so I am told,” we might hear ourselves saying. “It’s weird, but it’s the way it is, and we may as well just accept it and move on.”

  • Joy of the Ascension
    by Catholic News Service on May 12, 2021

    Back in the late 1960s and early 1970s, there was a great push in some Catholic worshiping communities to “make the liturgy relevant.” Usually that meant the homilist was supposed to address an issue of burning concern to civic life, such as the war in Vietnam or concern for civil rights. Musicians, in turn, were asked to import into the liturgy songs from the surrounding aural culture, such as “Prepare Ye” from “Godspell” as a chant for Advent, or the Edwin Hawkins Singers’ “O Happy Day” as an anthem for Easter.

  • Transformed by the risen Christ
    by The Catholic Spirit on April 29, 2021

    One aspect of the Easter season I find so moving is the vivid stories of the encounters with the risen Christ. They are personal, moving and sometimes even humorous. Thomas, who struggles with doubt that the testimony of his friends is actually true, encounters Christ in the flesh, who gets right to the point: “Bring your hand here and put it into my side” so that he might believe.

  • Experiencing the truly risen Jesus
    by The Catholic Spirit on April 14, 2021

    Someone once asked me, “Father, can I really see God?” And I responded wholeheartedly, “Yes!” She still seemed skeptical, which her next question proved: “But how?” How, indeed, can we see God?

  • The Passion: Joy, sorrow, hope
    by The Catholic Spirit on March 25, 2021

    The readings of Palm Sunday have always broken my heart. Before Mass, we read St. Mark’s short account of Jesus entering Jerusalem. The pilgrims in front of and behind Christ are joyfully waving palms, lining the street with their cloaks, welcoming him, shouting, “Hosanna! Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord! … Hosanna in the highest heaven!” Then things take a turn for the worse. In Mass, during the Liturgy of the Word, at the Gospel, we read the full and tragic betrayal, passion and death of Jesus Christ. What a roller coaster of emotions!

  • Remembering and reliving the story
    by The Catholic Spirit on March 12, 2021

    One of my favorite movies from the past decade is Disney Pixar’s “Inside Out,” which was partially set in Minnesota. In clever and understandable ways, the animated movie tackled some serious anthropological topics (i.e. studying the human person) such as temperaments, emotions, adolescent maturation and memories.

  • Placing God above all things
    by The Catholic Spirit on February 24, 2021

    About a month ago, a brother priest and I were discussing the importance of loving God first and foremost in life. Naturally, there are many people that we love and cherish with intense feeling, and we all have various hobbies or interests that command a powerful devotion.

  • What the leper teaches us
    by The Catholic Spirit on February 12, 2021

    Do you remember what it’s like to shake someone’s hand or even give a high-five? Do you remember what it’s like to hug and kiss those you love? We all feel that pain of not being touched.

  • Our vocation is love
    by The Catholic Spirit on January 29, 2021

    Many years ago, before my ordination, I spoke with a priest in confession about some trouble I was having in a relationship. The priest listened calmly. Once I finished, he looked up and said in his typical witty fashion, “Sometimes, it’s nice just to go home and look at the pictures on the wall.” He always had a way of making me laugh.

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