Pentecost: Bringing us Closer to God
Veni, Sancte Spiritus!

All things must come to an end, including, it seems, Jesus’ ministry and presence with the Apostles: first His death, then His Resurrection, then His Ascension.  It seems Jesus is like every other person or event in our lives: it lasts a while but ultimately ends.  However, the coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost […]

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Faith Affects the Way We Approach Everything

“Faith” is a word that is used in many different ways, both inside the Church and in our secular culture.  In Peter’s letter and John’s Gospel, faith is presented in a holistic perspective: faith is something that affects the way we see and approach everything and everyone that we meet. Fifth Sunday of Easter Year […]

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“Preaching” Is More Than A Homily
Holy Week: Palm Sunday through the Triduum

Anyone who has been to a Catholic liturgy during Holy Week knows that everything is not only longer – the hymns, prayers, readings – but is also full of symbols.  The red vestments of Palm Sunday, the blessed oils of the Chrism Mass, the elevated Cross on Good Friday, the single flame of the Paschal […]

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Raising the Dead: Not Only on the Last Day
Altar of St. Margaret of Scotland Catholic Church, St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.A.

The raising of Lazarus from the dead strengthens our faith and comforts us that Christ is the Lord of life: death has no power over Him.  In addition to the physical death that will happen to all of us, what about spiritual death?  How does Christ raise us from our sins in the present?   […]

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Running Away, Running Toward Temptation and Love
Altar of St. Margaret of Scotland Catholic Church, St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.A.

  We often think of avoiding temptation, but this is only one part of the spiritual life.  What is temptation leading us away from?  This is the other part of the spiritual life: to return to what we have abandoned by temptation.   First Sunday of Lent Year A   First Reading: Genesis 2:7-9, 3:1-7 […]

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