Monthly Archives: February 2010

Quote of the Day

I swiped this from Dr. Susan Windley-Daost’s weblog, The Ironic Catholic,  A link is on the lower right of this page, under blogroll. I hope you don’t mind, Dr. Sue. “It often happens that I wake up at night … Continue reading

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Hope and the Transfiguration

Here is a suggestion for your meditation tonight and tomorrow in preparation for Sunday’s celebration of the Eucharist. Contemplate on “The Transfiguration and Hope”. I will elaborate in next Monday’s post, after I have preached on it at the weekend’s … Continue reading

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The Lead Balloon Show

There is a radio station that has a local radio celebrity doing the “Lead Balloon Show” every morning. It features a very humorous fellow who is one string of funny jokes after another. The reality is the show goes over … Continue reading

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A New Bishop for Ogdensburg

Congratulations to all the priests, deacons and faithful of the diocese of Ogdensburg, New York. The Holy Father today announced that Msgr. Terry LaValley, a priest of the diocese, is the new bishop-elect.  He will be ordained April 30th and … Continue reading

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St. Polycarp

Today is the memorial of St. Polycarp, bishop of Smyrna, now Izmir, Turkey, and a disciple of St. John the Apostle.  He was also the friend of St. Ignatius of Antioch.  St. Polycarp (whose name means “many good things” in … Continue reading

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Quote for the Day

“Clearly, what God wants above all is our will which we received as a free gift from God in creation and possess as though our own.”  — St. Joseph of Cupertino, OFM Conv.

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The Case for Humility

Great reading from St. Irenaeus in the Office today. He makes the case for humility. An excerpt, my English translation: “He commands us to follow him, not because he has need of our service, but to give us salvation. To … Continue reading

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New saints are on the way

The Holy Father announced today, in a very formal gathering of cardinals at the Vatican, that six individuals will be canonized on October 17, 2010. Among them is Blessed Andre’ Bessette from Canada. Those of us from Holy Cross Parish … Continue reading

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Holy Father’s Words on Lent

Pope Benedict offered a homily yesterday at the Basilica of St. Sabina on the Aventine hill in Rome. He concluded with these words: “Dear brothers and sisters, Lent enlarges our horizons, orients us to eternal life. On this earth we … Continue reading

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What is Fasting all about, anyway?

It took me a long while to figure this out in my life, even though it is so simple. Fasting, which we are obligated to do on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday, and encouraged to do each Friday of the … Continue reading

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Quote for the Day

“For many are those who love beauty. But beauty is not in externals; true beauty consists in the splendour of wisdom.” — St. Bonaventure, OFM

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Wisdom of God in Creation

It is interesting that we end the current stretch of Ordinary time in the Office of Readings with St. Anthanasius writing about the Wisdom of God. His explanation of Wisdom, as revealed in the Book of Proverbs (Proverbs 8: 1-5, 12-36) … Continue reading

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Thoughts While Practicing the Exultet

Being the new deacon of the parish, and having a passable voice, I am singing the Exultet this Easter Vigil. In the old days, i.e., back in seminary days, I was a member of a Combo singing second tenor, member … Continue reading

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The Maternity of the Church – World Day of the Sick

From the homily today of the Holy Father on the World Day of the Sick, my translation of his Italian original: “The maternity of the Church is reflected in the caring love of God, of which the prophet Isaiah speaks: … Continue reading

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The Diaconal Voice of Christ

I ran across a beautiful paragraph  in reading a talk given by Archbishop Roberto O. Gonzalez Nieves, OFM, Archbishop of San Juan de Puerto Rico backon February 19, 2000 on the identity, functions and prospects for the permanent diaconate.  Here … Continue reading

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