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Posts Tagged ‘Sunday Mass’



The Mass Obligation

My second-floor office in Plainfield looks out on the front of a Catholic church.   When I arrive at work at 8 in the morning, the daily Mass is just beginning.   About a half hour later, I can see the congregation leaving—the same people every day.   They don’t all file out at once, get ...
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Encountering Christ Through the Bible

    When I was a junior in high school I went on a retreat called Christian Awakening. It was based on the Cursillo retreat weekend. During that retreat I had my first conscious personal encounter with Christ, and, as I look back on my faith journey, I see that that encounter ...
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22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time – Connecting Beliefs and Actions

“So the Pharisees and scribes questioned him, ‘Why do your disciples not follow the tradition of the elders but instead eat a meal with unclean hands?’ He responded, ‘Well did Isaiah prophesy about you hypocrites, as it is written: This people honors me with their lips, but their hearts are ...
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Grandma has become a cool evangelizer! You can too!

I have eleven grandchildren ranging from ages 24 to 10. Among these are twin grandsons, age 21, very handsome and quite nice. I am blessed that all of my grandchildren love and revere their faith.   On a spring break visit, I asked Brendan, one of the twins, if there ...
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Lent, Part 1: Springtime in the Spiritual Garden

“Lent” is an Old English word for springtime. It is an appropriate word because as the season of spring prepares the earth to break forth into new life the season of Lent is a time to prepare to break forth, spiritually, into new life. As a gardener I love this ...
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What Gifts?

I have been reading a wonderful book titled The Healing Wisdom of Africa by Malidoma Patrice Somé. In his reflections, the author shares his belief that nature, ritual, and community must work together in order for any one of them to be effective.   In Somé’s village of Dagara in Burkina Faso, ...
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