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Examining two ways to count Lent's 40 days

Examining two ways to count Lent's 40 days   Last week we saw how Lent had a double focus. The primary focus is on the preparation of new Christians for initiation on Holy Saturday after a period of faith formation and conversation, and a second focus emphasizes the ongoing conversion of God’s people to become more Christ-like as...
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Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Lent is about making real changes, not counting days

Lent is about making real changes, not counting days Every now and then parishioners ask the questions “How do we count the 40 days of Lent?” or “Do Sundays count as days of penance?”  I wonder – what might be the motive(s) behind such questions? Is it a desire to do just the minimum expected of us?  This is qu...
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Tuesday, March 12, 2013

God will provide a pope ready to lead our church of 'wheat and weeds'

God will provide a pope ready to lead our church of 'wheat and weeds'   This past Friday and Sunday, with the snow and sometimes sleet coming down, my replacement rental remained in the church parking lot at St. Matthew’s Church, Mt. Vernon. No sense taking any chances to find another slick spot on the highway! Once in a lifetime is one time too many. Perh...
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Monday, March 04, 2013

Pope Benedict's decision shows humility, trust in the Holy Spirit

Pope Benedict's decision shows humility, trust in the Holy Spirit Almost before the alarm clocks went off, news traveled throughout the U.S. on Monday, Feb. 11 that Pope Benedict XVI was resigning the papacy, an unprecedented event in our lifetime, but not in the history of the Catholic Church, we have since learned.   Then the “alarm bells” star...
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Thursday, February 21, 2013

Appreciating the simple beauty of the Rite of Election

Appreciating the simple beauty of the Rite of Election God’s call to the Prophet Jeremiah is described in these words: “The word of the Lord came to me, saying: Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I dedicated you, a prophet to the nations I appointed you” (Jeremiah 1:5). Psalm 139 praises “The All-kn...
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Thursday, February 14, 2013