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JANUARY 4 & 5 Ministry Name SAT 5:00 PM SUN 8:30 AM SUN 11:00 AM CAPT. & SACRISTAN   GILMORE,THERESE   STAFFORD,ROBIN MANNING,RICARDA             SPECIAL MINISTER   TOMINO,MICHELLE   BOLTON,MARGIE ADAMS,JUDY SPECIAL MINISTER   GILMORE,LONNIE   STANLEY,DEE ANN...

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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,...

LENTEN PITFALLS, PART I

We fragile human beings get snared by so many pitfalls during Lent (and all other times!).  How can we recognize the fallacies that pull us down, and what can we do about them?  Here are three that are very, very common…...

CAN THIS LENT BE “BETTER”?

RCIA is a time of special “purification” for our catechumens and candidates.  But what about the rest of us?  What should Lent be all about for us?  The early Church Fathers suggested that it was a time for accompaniment—learning, acting, fasting, and...

THE “BIG THREE” OF PRE-LENT

Some years ago there was a letter to the editor (I think in The Montgomery Advertiser) complaining about how cold it was for Mardi Gras, and why couldn’t the date be pushed back a few weeks for nicer temperatures for parades?  Well, duh!  Parades and parties...

HONEY AND VINEGAR

This past Friday (the 24th) was the Memorial of St Francis de Sales, an evangelist and apologist who famously wrote that folks could attract more flies (presumably the better kind!) with a teaspoon of honey than with a barrel of vinegar.  He was extraordinarily...

ARE WE ONE IN THE SPIRIT?

This is the end of the Week (originally, the Octave) of Prayer for Christian Unity.  It ends on the 25th of January, the Feast of the Conversion of St Paul, and it’s a good time for us to pray for our own continued conversion to our Lord....