Letter from Army Wife


A few days ago I received a letter from an Army Wife I knew when I was on active duty, and whom I respect very much. I think she expresses what many folks feel.

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30 December, Holy Family


Some thoughts on the Feast of the Holy Family and current events. Recently in one of his first tweets, Pope Benedict said the way to live the current year of Faith in our own lives is “By speaking with Jesus in prayer, listening to what he tells you in the Gospel and looking for him in those in need”. This might suggest an insight into the Feast we celebrate today.

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There is no doubt that Mary and Joseph had a prayerful relationship with God. In the Annunciation Story the angel appears to Mary while she is in prayer and tells her she is to be the mother of Jesus. And Joseph, in a dream, gets the word that he is still to take Mary as his wife. Both of these stories tell Mary and Joseph to in effect disobey the current religious laws. Mary agrees to become pregnant even though she is not married and pregnancies outside of marriage are forbidden and disparaged by the religious law of the time. Joseph is told to take Mary as his wife even though religious law of the time demands that he put her aside.

December 29, 2012 at 15:07 Leave a comment

3 December Thoughts


Today’s Mass Readings are interesting, considering what is going on. The reading from Isaiah talks of what we come to know as the Gifts of the Spirit: “The Spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him: a Spirit of wisdom and of understanding, a Spirit of counsel and of strength, a Spirit of knowledge and of fear of the LORD, and his delight shall be the fear of the LORD”. Fear of the Lord is a matter of loving trust having nothing to do with fear of punishment. Folks know this, so fewer and fewer pay any attention to hierarchs’ threats. Some stay in the pews and try to do what they believe is right. Others walk away and try to do what they believe is right. All of us are trying to do what we believe is right in any situation, and so good happens.

The Reading from Luke says, although you have hidden these thing from the wise and the learned you have revealed them to the childlike”. Perhaps the “wise and the learned” are the ones with all the answers, while the “childlike” are the folks with all the questions.

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December 4, 2012 at 11:09 Leave a comment

November 25, Christ the King


For many it is enough to know about Jesus, and there is no need to know Jesus directly. Second hand knowledge is good enough. It is enough to look at a map of New York City, so there is no need to go there and walk the streets and neighborhoods and meet the people. Some folks don’t get to realize the difference.

Continue Reading November 24, 2012 at 10:16 Leave a comment

22 November re Fr Roy Bourgeois


Fr Roy Bourgeois’ expulsion from Maryknoll and dismissal from the priesthood by the Vatican ought to give all of us food for thought. I am not proposing any specific course of action, only raising questions. I would not tell anybody what to do, since I can’t figure out for myself what to do. Many folks claim to have the answers and often are self-righteously abusive to any who question them. I enjoy having questions much more than having answers. For me Jesus is more in the questioning than the stock answers.

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I see a great difference between the hierarchy and the local parish. I am privileged to help out in several parishes, and I see tremendous good happening there. Each parish is doing its best to meet the needs of its folks, and it is a privilege to make even a very small contribution, and to support wonderful pastors who are overworked and often worn out, and terrific parish staffs.

November 22, 2012 at 15:21 Leave a comment

18 November, Gospel Thoughts, Tribulations


These are not days of doom and gloom, but days of excitement and action as more and more folks are coming to realize the Holy Spirit is bringing about a rebirth of our being Jesus’ disciples.

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November 12 Thoughts


As I am sitting here on 12 November, the day when Veterans’ Day is officially observed, trying to get used to the new bump in my chest, it is dawning on me that it is a good day to be both a Veteran and a Priest. In the Army we used to say that every day us a good day to be a Soldier. I have been blessed with many wonderful folks in the Army from whom I have learned so much, and perhaps and hopefully, grown a bit.

Continue Reading November 12, 2012 at 13:13 2 comments

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