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Peter Yaremko

Peter W. Yaremko, a former journalist, is the owner of Executive Media, Inc. He is a specialist in executive communications, including speeches and slide presentations with graphic, video, and live-speaker support. His skills include scripting and production of product launches, sales rallies, customer events, recognition meetings, board meetings, and management conferences. He is the author of A Light from Within and A Fat Guy in a Fat Boat (Pamet River Press). His blog is at peterwyaremko.com/paradise_diaries. He attends St. Peter the Apostle Church in Provincetown, Massachusetts.

 

At the Last Supper, Jesus gave us what could be called his final, “death bed” request.   He summed up the entire sense of his incarnation, teaching, passion, death, and resurrection in these few words:   “Love one another. As I have loved you, so you also should love one another. This is how all […]

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The relationship we have with Jesus is wonderfully expressed when we call him the “Good Shepherd.” Jesus guards, guides, protects, and watches over us, just as a human shepherd cares for his flock.   The image of Christ bearing a lamb on his shoulders is one of the earliest expressions of his love for us. […]

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The early Celts used to say that heaven and earth are only three feet apart, and that in the “thin places” the distance is even smaller.   Today, we sometimes stand mute, gazing upon the Milky Way glowing in the night sky or waves dashing themselves upon rocky coasts or mountain summits scraping the sky. […]

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In his first letter to the Corinthians, St. Paul recounts the number of persons who saw the risen Christ. In addition to the Apostles and the women, “he appeared to more than five hundred brothers and sisters at one time” (1 Cor 15: 3-8).   Even with this witness, Jesus gave great encouragement directly to […]

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In many churches of the Eastern rites, it’s traditional for the congregation to gather outside the sealed church on Easter morning, symbolizing Christ’s time in the tomb. The priest, with his hand cross, knocks three times on the main door, and it is thrown open. The people enter, as if entering Christ’s kingdom, to adore […]

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What are we to make of Christ’s words of sheer, seeming hopelessness: “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” (Matthew 27:46)   St. Augustine, the fifth century bishop and doctor of the Church, suggests that this soulful prayer of the dying Savior points to our kinship with Christ.   “He died for our […]

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God always loves us unconditionally, because mercy is his very nature. Said another way, because God is love, God is mercy.   We almost know the words by heart, because we have so often heard John’s story of the woman caught in adultery (John 8:1-11):     “Has no one condemned you?” She replied, “No […]

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There is more to spirituality than walking in the woods or watching waves break on the shore.   At the invitation of Jesus, Peter, James and John “leave everything.”   In the parable of the prodigal son, we hear the young man say that he will “get up” and go to his father.   Even […]

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In proclaiming the Year of Mercy, Pope Francis invites us to make a pilgrimage to the Holy Door of St. Peter’s Basilica or to one of the Holy Doors in cathedrals and designated churches throughout the world.   There is another kind of pilgrimage we can make, one that doesn’t involve travel. We can make […]

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The beginning of Lent is the time when we focus on taking up our daily cross in imitation of Christ. The cross we bear is about more than suffering a serious disease or the death of a loved one or living without enough income to cover expenses. It means sacrificing our own will to that […]

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