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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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THE MERRY MONTH OF MAY

THE MERRY MONTH OF MAY           May always follows Easter, no matter how late that day might be.  And so there is a joyfulness in May that March and even April typically do not fully share.  It is the joy of Mary who knows of the Resurrection of her Son and its...

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“I HAVE CALLED YOU FRIENDS…

“I HAVE CALLED YOU FRIENDS…           There are, I think, few passages of the New Testament on the lips of Jesus that are more touching, more tender, more loving, than these.  It’s one thing to be saved in Christ—He is utterly beyond us, after all (though He is...

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HOME THOUGHTS FROM ‘HOME’ 6

HOME THOUGHTS FROM ‘HOME’ 6 THE END OF THE ROAD             Sabbatical time is winding down; I’ll be “back in the saddle” Wednesday morning after Labor Day.  The break has been beneficial both in terms of additional flexibility in prayer time, in writing, and in...

HOME THOUGHT FROM ‘HOME’ 4

HOME THOUGHT FROM ‘HOME’ 4 IS THERE ROOM…? I remember sitting in an outdoor series of benches in Jerusalem, in front of what is called the “Garden Tomb” or “Gordon’s Tomb.”  It is just outside the Damascus Gate, and it was a 19th century attempt to shift attention...

HOME THOUGHTS FROM ‘HOME’ 3

HOME THOUGHTS FROM ‘HOME’ 3             I have arrived at the rectory of Most Holy Redeemer in Evergreen Park.  The journey here from the seminary in Mundelein was interesting and perhaps 45 minutes longer than it might have been, but I chose the way to arrive....

HOME THOUGHTS FROM HOME, 3:

THE SCAPEGOAT AND THE LAMB OF GOD Being a goat may not always be a bad thing, in spite of the press it has received thanks to the famous parable of the sheep and goats at the end of Matthew 25.  Yes, goats represent those who fail to live according to the Corporal...

HOME THOUGHTS FROM “HOME” 2

HOME THOUGHTS FROM “HOME” 2             If a sabbatical is supposed to be about renewal, and if renewal can take many forms, for me it means a time for praying, reading, writing, thinking, and a bit of golf.  Sometimes these can be structured and organized; sometimes,...

“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. ...

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...

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...

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,...

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...