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FAN MAIL

FAN MAIL             It’s happened three times, now, in the last 2-3 months.  I get postcards (always hand printed and always unsigned) explaining where and why Catholics are “disobeying the Saviour [sic]…”   The postcard is of an adobe village in New Mexico; the card...

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A VIEW TOWARD MORAL BEHAVIOR: THE RESULTS OF A DREAM (Part II)

A VIEW TOWARD MORAL BEHAVIOR:  THE RESULTS OF A DREAM (Part II) Currently in our country, with regarding the issue of migrants, we are seeing a similar sense of refusal to recognize others as “Thous” and are willing to regard them as threats or invaders or illegals. ...

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A VIEW TOWARD MORAL BEHAVIOR: THE RESULTS OF A DREAM

A VIEW TOWARD MORAL BEHAVIOR:  THE RESULTS OF A DREAM God forgive me, but I actually dreamed about 85% of all this... There is little chance of engaging in moral behavior without a series of pre-requisites.  First of all, the decision must be rooted in love.  But this...

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“THERE YOU GO AGAIN…”

“THERE YOU GO AGAIN…”           This was the most famous line in the series of presidential debates in 1980 between President Jimmy Carter and candidate Ronald Reagan.  Carter seemed so flustered; Reagan seemed so calm and collected as he delivered this line. ...

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CORPUS DOMINI

CORPUS DOMINI           Even though we refer to this Sunday as Corpus Christi, much of the rest of the world (including Rome) knows it as Corpus Domini, the Body of the Lord.  But it’s pretty well the same thing, after all.          In fact, much of the rest of the...

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OUR SENSES’ NEEDS

OUR SENSES’ NEEDS   This past week Deacon Norman and I co-officiated at a graveside service for Mrs Margaret Horton.  We’d been praying for her for several weeks as she was battling Stage IV cancer.  I visited her several times and found her to be a wonderfully...

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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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