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MAKING AN ASSUMPTION

MAKING AN ASSUMPTION Of course, I assume (!!!) everyone knows that Tuesday, 15 August, is the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Mother. It is a Holy Day of Obligation, and there will be Mass on Monday evening (the Vigil) at 7:00 pm, along with 8:30 am and...

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ALLE MENSCHEN WERDEN BRUDER (UND SCHWESTERN)….

ALLE MENSCHEN WERDEN BRUDER (UND SCHWESTERN)…. Our pilgrims have returned. Our sister-parish has been visited, and the pilgrims have been blessed by the visit (and we, too, through them). We will celebrate our encounter later in August, and they will share their...

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A DIFFERENT ST PETER

A DIFFERENT ST PETER This Sunday, if it were not a Sunday, would have been the Optional Memorial of St Peter Chrysologus. And you all are thinking, “Who??” His story is worth telling. He was the bishop of Ravenna in the middle of the 5th century—a time when...

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SIC TRANSIT GLORIA MUNDI

SIC TRANSIT GLORIA MUNDI When I head to Destin from Chicago (as I did this past week), I find that stopping in Greenville is a good thing to do, and it’s only a short shot down I-65 to Georgiana and the quick route. This way involves driving down AL 55, which might...

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DO YOU HEAR THE PEOPLE SING…?

DO YOU HEAR THE PEOPLE SING…? In a pivotal scene from Les Miserables, Javert reflects on his life’s pursuit of the “evildoer” Jean Valjean. After being caught as a spy at the barricade, Javert is treated mercifully by Valjean—he allows him to leave alive. He cannot...

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TRUTH, GOODNESS, AND BEAUTY

TRUTH, GOODNESS, AND BEAUTY This past Tuesday (Fourth of July), I “preached” a very heavy-going homily: it was actually my reading of an excerpt from the address to the American bishops by Pope Benedict, in 2012. Philosophers (like Pope St John Paul II) and...

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RANDOM THOUGHTS FOR THE SEASON

RANDOM THOUGHTS FOR THE SEASON This past Thursday, 29 June, was the solemnity of Ss Peter & Paul. Needless to say, this is a major feast in Rome. It is the day when the Holy Father traditionally gives the pallium to new archbishops (although with Pope Francis the...

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HE MUST INCREASE…

HE MUST INCREASE… The words of John the Baptist (John 3:23-30) are an important message for all of us who wish to be disciples of Jesus Christ. Glory (humanly speaking, in terms of worldly glory) is in utter contradiction to fidelity—in fact, it is simply a version of...

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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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