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October 5 & 6 Ministry Name   SAT 5:00 PM   SUN 8:30 AM   SUN 11:00 AM CAPT. & SACRISTAN   MURRAY,JAN   ANTHONY,MARY   GALE,MARTA               SPECIAL MINISTER   HALE,DOLORES   FARMER,DEBORAH   ADAMS,JUDY SPECIAL MINISTER   MARECKI,FRANCES  ...

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WHY?

WHY?  Many questions come to me in the course of a week or a month.  Sometimes I actually have a good answer—not always, unfortunately (if a “good answer” is one that truly satisfies the questioner).  But at Our Savior church there is a perennial question—one I was...

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WHAT MORE, O LORD?

WHAT MORE, O LORD?  [Author’s note:  this Tuesday is the Memorial of St Ignatius Loyola...] This was the great question that St Ignatius Loyola constantly presented to himself (and so to his followers in what became the Society of Jesus).  The Latin word is magis—...

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WHAT SHOULD BE DONE WITH FEAR AND SADNESS?

WHAT SHOULD BE DONE WITH FEAR AND SADNESS?           The Gospel today reflects on Jesus’ withdrawal to a deserted place (NOT necessarily the Sahara desert; just where no one was living).  He pities the people who follow Him, and He teaches them.  It is a fine prelude...

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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,...

TEMPUS PER ANNUM

Someone asked me, this past Sunday, what the Latin for “Ordinary Time” was, and I didn’t know right away, so I check my edition of the Missale Romanum, and there it is:  Tempus per Annum.  “Ordinary Time” is NOT a literal translation of the original! ...

(WHAT) DO I BELIEVE?

I remember, years ago, speaking with a woman who was a convert; she was struggling in her relationship with her (at best, indifferent) Catholic husband.  I observed to her that much of the problem was that all he wanted was for her to come into the Church, but...

DO YOU SEE WHAT I SEE?

“Said the night wind to the little lamb…”  On this Epiphany weekend (the real date, we all know, is Monday the 6th:  the end of the “12 Days of Christmas”), it is a good question for us to ask ourselves.  The word “epiphany” comes to us from the Greek,...

HOLY FAMILIES

What makes a family “holy”?  This weekend’s feast makes for an easy answer:  it means living with Jesus, Mary & Joseph.  Nothing could be simpler, and nothing could more easily disqualify us from being holy families (much to some families’...

ADVENT/CHRISTMAS: MUSICAL MEDITATIONS

Songs reverberate in my head at this time (I’m sure they do for all of us), and they speak to the special seasons of waiting and fulfillment that are Advent and Christmas.            One song is very old—“Crucifixion,”...