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This is the week we call holy

April 13, 2014
Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord
From the moment we gather in procession on this Palm Sunday through the celebration of the Easter Vigil, we are surrounded by the sacred drama that rules our lives—the Paschal Mystery. This is the week we call “holy.”

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

With the catechumens, we believe
Sunday, April 6, 2014
Fifth Sunday of Lent
Before the Rite of Christian Initiation was introduced, convert instruction was, in many places, a lonely journey for those who joined the Church. When the RCIA was first introduced, we rejoiced that those entering the faith at the Easter Vigil would have companions from the parish. We knew that the experience would enrich those who were preparing for baptism. 

God has wonders in store for us

Sunday, March 30, 2014
Fourth Sunday of Lent

Even though my high school yearbook did not name the graduate “most likely to succeed,” most of us were certain who that would be. As we looked forward to our high school reunion, we assumed that Joe would surely have been a success in life. We didn’t expect that Bob would be the CEO for a large corporation or that Sharon would be a state senator. As a matter of fact, no one dreamed that I would be working for the Church. At times like these, we become aware that life is about surprises.

Monday, March 24, 2014
This water brings life
Sunday, March 23, 2014
Third Sunday of Lent
Today’s Gospel is a brief drama — a dialogue with a Samaritan woman and its aftermath. It is a conversation with profound theological implications that are particularly appropriate during this time when catechumens are preparing to enter the Church. In one single conversation we discover the many obstacles that stand in the way of conversion. Up until this time, Jesus has seemed reluctant to acknowledge that he is the messiah in the presence of the Jews. Yet, now he announces his identity to the Samaritan woman.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014
In the desert or on the mountain, see only him
March 16, 2014 
Second Sunday of Lent
Growing up Catholic, I took my faith for granted. I learned the tenets of the Catholic faith and professed the Creed at an early age. In retrospect, I realize that what my head knew when I was young my heart had not yet realized. All that has changed. Even though I cannot point to a specific moment of conversion, I think I know what it means to say “Jesus is Lord.” 

Thursday, March 13, 2014
We move toward the resurrection
Sunday, March 9, 2014
First Sunday of Lent
Most of us move from day to day making small decisions out of a value system that we seldom examine.  During Lent, we are asked to look at our lives again. We are asked to discover the temptations that we face and to consider our response in light of the great commandment.

Thursday, March 6, 2014
Don't Worry, Be Happy
March 2, 2014
Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Our concern for the material needs of the day should lead us to wonder about the goal of life. The key to God’s providence lies in our search for the kingdom and in our hunger for justice. God provides what is lasting. 

We are at home at the Eucharist
Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014
Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time
When I was younger, “home” was a place. More precisely, it was the place where I lived. It was easy for me to think that because most of my life I lived in one house. Then I moved to Oregon and as soon as I walked into a Catholic Church I was at home. 

We are Challenged by the Law
Feb. 16, 2014 
Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time
In today’s Gospel we hear several sayings of Jesus that Scripture scholars tell us were spoken at different times. Matthew gathered them into a single teaching. The passage is jarring. In less than one chapter of his Gospel, we have gone from the happiness and blessedness of the Beatitudes and the future that is ours to the path that we must follow to get there.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014
You are salt; you are light
Sunday, Feb. 9, 2014
Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time
In recent years, there has been an upsurge in salt interest. There are gourmet shops devoted solely to selling a variety of sea salts…truffle salt, smoked salt, pink sea salt; the list goes on and on. While for some, salt is still merely something that enhances the main dish. This was not always so.

Be grateful for the wisdom community
Feb. 2, 2014 
The Presentation of the Lord
Within the faith community, there are many who announce the presence of the Lord in our midst. I see them in my parish community. I meet them in my neighborhood. They are the faithful whose wisdom is gentle like Anna’s and powerful like Simeon’s.

Christ came to save us all
January, 26, 2014
Third Sunday in Ordinary Time
After John the Baptist had been arrested, Jesus moved to Galilee. Some say that Jesus did this to ensure his own safety; it is far more likely that the Lord is making another point. 

The Gospel Leads Us More Deeply into the Mystery
Jan. 19, 2014 
Second Sunday in Ordinary Time
Today we take a brief foray into the Gospel of John. This evangelist is quite different from Matthew, Mark and Luke. He is obviously a theologian and a quite excellent writer. John’s Gospel came last and the early Christians were aware of those who came before. John wastes little time telling the stories for effect. His is a Gospel of both theology and style. It seems a more intimate Gospel to me; one written by someone who had a deep relationship with the Lord. 

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