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May. 16
2015
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Congratulations to Brothers James Dominic Rooney and Raymond Marie Bryce on their ordination to the Order of the Priesthood and to Brother Wesley Dessonville on his ordination to the Diaconate!

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Apr. 26
2015
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The First Letter of John tells us "we are the children of God now; what we shall be has not yet been revealed." In this Easter season we reflect on Christ's Resurrection as well as our own, but how do we see this odd relationship between what we are now and what we will be? Can we be so content with what we do know that we lose hope in eternal life?

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Tags: 1 John, charity, easter, eternal life, resurrection
Apr. 20
2015
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Our lives are primarily a school of charity, and the measure of our lives is our growth in love. As the academic year draws to a close, we evaluate together how we have grown in love of God and neighbor, ask for mercy for where we have fallen short, and look forward with courage to next semester in the school of charity.

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Tags: brotherhood, charity, love, mercy, neighbor, school
Apr. 15
2015
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Christ gives us a new beginning.  Christ forgives us, Christ saves us.  Pray to Him, ask Him, and He will show you.

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Tags: Adoration, confession, easter, forgiveness, jesus christ, Poke, Pray, prayer, resurrection, Thomas
Apr. 14
2015
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You are running late.  Traffic is bad....really bad.  Someone cuts you off and you almost crash into them.  How do you react?  Hopefully the words that you mumble under your breath are those of forgiveness and love.

 

In the 2002 movie, Changing Lanes, staring Ben Affleck and Samuel L Jackson, this exact situation is explored. Gavin Banek (Affleck) is a young, brash attorney who is on his way to court to defend his firm in an estate case. Doyle Gipson (Jackson) is a recovering alcoholic and life insurance salesman, who is on his way to court to fight for custody of his two sons. In their rush to get to the courthouse, the two collide, destroying Gipson's car. Banek refuses to exchange insurance information, as he is in a hurry to get to court; rather, he tries to pay...

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Tags: Anger, Ben Affleck, Changing Lanes, Pride, Samuel L Jackson
Apr. 09
2015
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Baseball has had countless moments of redemption over its storied 139 year history, ever since the senior circuit (the NL) officially came into existence. There’s Josh Hamilton, the former blue-chip prospect then drug-riddled, washed-up failure, turned sober, Christian, AL MVP (who, like anyone in his condition, has had his ups and downs). Or, David Freese who dropped a critical pop-up in Game 6 of the World Series, then, down to his (and the Cardinals) last strike, delivered a two run game-tying triple in bottom of the 9th and the walk-off homerun in the bottom of the 11th. Look at all the worst to first teams in MLB...

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Tags: baseball, christ, New Life, redemption, trinity
Apr. 07
2015
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In Mark 10:46-52, the blind man Bartimaeus calls out to Jesus.  Jesus sends disciples to call the blind man over to him.  “Take courage,” they tell him.  “Get up.  He is calling you.”

 

Bartimaeus is called to follow Christ, as are we.  Bartimaeus then exemplifies three types of courage needed to follow our Lord.

 

First, in verse 50, the blind man “threw aside his cloak.”  He did not lay down his cloak; he threw it aside, an especially active verb.  As a poor man, that cloak was his most valued possession, perhaps his only possession.  Yet when the Lord called him, he immediately threw it away without pause.  Bartimaeus has the courage to let go—even throw away—his attachment to worldly things that get in the way.  Wealth, social status, accomplishments.  These are all attachment that could hold us back from running to the Lord when He...

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Tags: call, courage, detachment, disciple, jesus, vocation
Apr. 03
2015
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The Gospel has the power to take our sins away.

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Apr. 02
2015
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New York occupies a curious place in the canon of Taylor Swift. We first find her there in “Never Grow Up,” a soft, somber song about the pain of growing up. With “Welcome to New York” we encounter the Taylor Swift on the pitching end of “Mean” proud of the uncertain cityscape before her, confident, and importantly excited to grow.

 

Her New York is a vocational greenspace, of sorts. “Its been waiting for you” all along, yet you just had to find the courage to pitch a tent away from the tyranny of adolescence and inertia. The New York she speaks of is formative. In a sense, it is like the desert we celebrate, contemplate, and attempt to live this Lenten season.


Jesus...

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Apr. 01
2015
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It's no surprise that Ferguson and the wider St. Louis community have been the center of attention for the nation these last eight months with the unceasing racial tensions and gun violence. Archbishop Carlson desired that the Archdiocese of St. Louis respond with a prayerful presence by hosting a monthly prayer vigil for peace, justice, and charity, called "Faith in Ferguson." Three weeks ago on Tuesday, March 10th, Br. Nicholas and I had the privilege to attend a prayer vigil which featured a reflection given by Sr. Mary Antona Ebo, FSM. Sr. Ebo, a Franciscan Sister of Mercy, was one of many sisters that marched with Martin Luther King, Jr. in Selma fifty years ago to advocate the passing of the Voting Rights Act.

 

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Tags: civil rights, Ferguson, Isaiah 55, justice, mercy, national catholic sisters week

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