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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,...

O MARY, CONCEIVED WITHOUT SIN…

This Sunday is 8 December, and it is the designated date for the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Mother.  But because nothing (not even the BVM) can supersede a Sunday in Advent, her Solemnity is being transferred to Monday, the 9th. ...

EXPECTATANTES

This word appears in the original Latin version of the Mass, in the prayer the priest prays between the “Our Father” and the ending “For the Kingdom, the Power, and the Glory are yours…”  It is a word that has special meaning in the Advent season....

TO JESUS CHRIST, OUR SOVEREIGN KING

What is (or should be) a king?  Let’s examine the description of true royalty supplied by C S Lewis in the penultimate volume of The Chronicles of Narnia—The Magician’s Nephew.           After a series of bizarre...

AD LIMINA VISITS

You know the bishops of the United States are making what are called “ad limina” visits to Rome at this time.  The bishops of New England just finished, and those of New York are there now.  Archbishop Rodi (along with the bishops of Region V of the United...

A MATTER OF LIFE OR DEATH

I had a very painful and (for the person calling) traumatic conversation earlier this past week.  A relative had committed suicide, and the person calling me was terrified (because of having been educated in the “old school” of Catholic moral theology):  was...