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COME, HOLY SPIRIT

COME, HOLY SPIRIT Who/What is the Holy Spirit? In the Creed we say the Holy Spirit is “the Lord, the Giver of life,” and we say that the Incarnation occurred “by the Holy Spirit.” The Creed also asserts that it was through the Holy Spirit that God’s word was spoken by...

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“YOU CANNOT CONSIDER YOURSELF WELL-TRAVELED…

“YOU CANNOT CONSIDER YOURSELF WELL-TRAVELED… This was the word from Br Randal Riede, the librarian of the North American College in Rome, and the most courteous and well-read and well-traveled person you’d ever hope to meet. His quote needs to be completed: “…until...

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WHAT’S A DEACON FOR, ANYWAY?

WHAT’S A DEACON FOR, ANYWAY? Last Sunday, we heard in the first reading (Acts 6:1-7) that there was a need surfacing in the little community of believers in Jesus—there were many Hellenists (= Greek-speaking Jews who accepted Jesus as Messiah-designate) who felt...

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WHAT’S A DEACON FOR, ANYWAY?

WHAT’S A DEACON FOR, ANYWAY? Last Sunday, we heard in the first reading (Acts 6:1-7) that there was a need surfacing in the little community of believers in Jesus—there were many Hellenists (= Greek-speaking Jews who accepted Jesus as Messiah-designate) who felt...

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THINKING V. EXPERIENCING

THINKING V. EXPERIENCING I recently found myself in a discussion of sorts on the process by which liturgy works (or should work) on people. The other person was suggesting that it was important for the brain (= our ‘cognitive’ function) to process the liturgy so what...

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OH WHAT THE HECK!

OH WHAT THE HECK! I know I said I would reply only to some of the “concerns” that motivated the anonymous writer and his/her worries about my eternal salvation because of all the sinful and anti-Scriptural things I believe as a Catholic. But I might as well finish the...

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SOMEONE HAS MY BACK

SOMEONE HAS MY BACK This past week I received a hand-printed letter on yellow-pad paper from a person who comes to me “with love and much compassion.” It’s a typical pastiche of quotes from the Bible to prove that Catholics are going to hell. Who wants to join me?! I...

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THOMAS THE TWIN, AND US

THOMAS THE TWIN, AND US It is said that the essence of love is communication, and the hard work of communication is listening. Everyone knows that listening is not the same as hearing: I may “hear” what you say to me simply to refute or rebut or retort. Often, this...

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POPE FRANCIS AND YOUNG PEOPLE

POPE FRANCIS AND YOUNG PEOPLE [FOOTNOTE: Palm Sunday 1984 was the culmination of the very first international gathering of youth in Rome—from this came World Youth Day, traditionally held in different places in the world in August of certain years. This first event...

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CHRIST IS RISEN—HE IS TRULY RISEN!

CHRIST IS RISEN—HE IS TRULY RISEN! This dialogue from the worship of the Orthodox East rings out with enthusiasm every Paschaltide: think of it as the Easter equivalent of Fr Sebastian’s “God is good!” with the expected response, “All the time!” It is the basis, the...

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