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SYMBIOSIS

SYMBIOSIS I hate when squirrels get into my bird feeders!  I have tried just about everything I can think of to prevent them.  After all, my purpose in putting the feeders up is to feed birds!  But squirrels (aka, rats with bushy tails) are highly creative,...

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THE REAL ‘DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME’

THE REAL ‘DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME’           As I write these thought, the past week (5-10 March) was far too filled with 3 funerals:  Fr Jim Havens, Margaret Roh, and Bill Healy, with another death (Tommy Wilson, whose funeral will be this coming Thursday).  As this...

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THE OLD AND THE NEW

THE OLD AND THE NEW           This weekend we are marking and celebrating two events that are at the opposite ends of the chronological spectrum.   Saturday morning was a reunion Mass for alumnae of Convent of Mercy school; this morning at 11:00 Mass we welcome our...

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EUCATASTROPHE

EUCATASTROPHE           In the homily for Palm Sunday I referenced the idea of J.R.R. Tolkien that a word is needed to counter-balance “ordinary” catastrophe.  This latter word is typically used to describe a turn (often sudden and unpredicted) for the worst.  Tolkien...

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WHAT’S GOING ON HERE?

WHAT’S GOING ON HERE? I want to make a report to the parish about a number of major “comings and goings” in these last few weeks/months at Our Savior. Some of you may know these things; others may have guessed or heard something; let’s give everyone the facts. I...

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AM I COMMITTING A SIN AT MASS?

AM I COMMITTING A SIN AT MASS? Concerns have been expressed to me recently about a series of issues that seems to be very upsetting to a certain faction of the Catholic faithful.  I would like to address these issues and hopefully ease some folks’ (wrongfully)...

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WHO’S PERFECT??

WHO’S PERFECT?? I hope no one put up a hand to be an example! Frankly, other than joking, I am convinced that only utterly self-righteous zealots would suggest they were perfect. You and I know better—about ourselves, and each other—don’t we? But Matthew 5:48 says,...

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POPE FRANCIS’ MESSAGE FOR LENT 2018

POPE FRANCIS’ MESSAGE FOR LENT 2018 In what follows, I am excerpting the annual message of the Holy Fathers for Lent, this time as presented by Pope Francis, with the Scriptural theme “Because of the increase of iniquity, the love of many will grow cold” (Matthew...

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THE BIG THREE OF LENT

THE BIG THREE OF LENT This refers, of course, to prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. Let’s talk about them and (hopefully) be enlightened by the wisdom of the East. When it comes to fasting, folks often have a love/hate relationship with themselves over it. After all, is...

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THE OTHER “ELEPHANT” IN THE ROOM

THE OTHER “ELEPHANT” IN THE ROOM Among the things that others have suggested are reasons for leaving the Catholic Church, some (as I suggested last week) have some coherence—especially those who cannot assent to some teachings/practices of the Church, or those who...

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