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What’s your “Wonder” quotient?

THE SECOND SUNDAY OF EASTER Easter isn’t over yet, in fact it’s hardly begun. We Catholics celebrate it for fifty days, ten longer than Lent.  (The link for today’s readings can be found at the bottom of this page.) Here’s an Easter homily I gave a few year’s back: “Awesome, dude, the surfer said of […]

Arise and sing Alleluia!

 Easter Sunday 2014 Jesus, Seed sown-down / risen-up fruit-full Arise and sing Alleluia! Jesus!  Wheat-grain harvested whole / hallowed Arise and sing Alleluia! Jesus! Bread-broken giving Life forever Arise and sing Alleluia! Jesus!  Wrathful grape pressed into purpled joy Arise and sing Alleluia! Jesus!   Dead and dread become dancing-dawn Arise and sing Alleluia! Jesus! Light […]

What wondrous love is this?

Jesus the Lover Like a sapling he grew in front of us, Like a root in arid ground… a thing despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows and familiar with suffering …. And yet ours were the sufferings he bore, ours the sorrows he carried. But we thought of him as someone punished, […]

The sorrowful mothers of the world

While I was on my retreat during Lent 2009,  one of my prayer assignments was to sit before a statue of the sorrowful mother.  I have always had a devotion to Mary, the mother of the Lord,  and on that balmy afternoon against the background of the cypress swamp I reflected on all the mothers […]

Mary, Jesus and some expensive oil

MONDAY OF HOLY WEEK Six days before the Passover Jesus came to Bethany, the home of Lazarus, whom he had raised from the dead. There they gave a dinner for him. Martha served, and Lazarus was one of those at the table with him. Mary took a pound of costly perfume made of pure nard, anointed […]

Palm Sunday ~ The Last Days of Jesus

Palm Sunday / April 13, 2014 Dear Friends, All is ready now for the final days of our Lenten journey with Jesus.   The drama of the Paschal Mystery will  be re-enacted  once again in  parishes throughout the world.  I have loved the liturgy of Holy Week since I was a boy and in this […]

Unbind us, Lord! Let us go free!

The Fifth Sunday of Lent In today’s gospel, John the Evangelist has still another incredible story that the church uses to show us how Jesus wants to be for us: He is the One who unbinds our shackles / calls us forth from the tombs of our lives and offers us new and risen life! When? […]