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When famous people want to get far away from the attentive fans, they try to disguise themselves with sun glasses, hats, jeans, whatever they can wear to hide themselves. Why? Because they are tired of the attention, they are tired of putting on a happy face all the time. They are also tired of trying to live up to their ...
Let’s begin by stating the obvious. It’s impossible to walk on water! That said, do you believe that Peter actually did? If not, then you have license to question every other miracle Jesus made, and eventually question his claims about his identity. On the other hand, I imagine that most of you would give the benefit of the doubt that ...
Jesus, Peter, and an old man went out to play golf. On the first hole Jesus drives the ball a mile while splitting the fairway. “Great shot, boss!” says Peter, who doesn’t get the ball as far but still lands it for a good second shot. “Nice shot, Rocky!” says Jesus. Then the old man took a full swing; but ...
Feast of St. Ignatius If you stumbled on a magic lamp and the genie you released were to grant you three wishes, what would you ask? What would be your first, second, and third wish? What does that say about you? Two kids were hanging out when one asked the other the same question. So he said: 1) A big ...
I guess the basic question now is, “Are you wheat that is meant for nourishment, or weed to be burned?” This image of Judgement Day is one way to understand this gospel. But there’s also another, this time involving the present. Let’s work through the analogy. The landowner is God and we are the field planted with wheat. The enemy ...
Where is your trust planted? “I consider that the sufferings of this present time are as nothing compared with the glory to be revealed for us.” Let’s break down St. Paul’s words carefully. He compares the present sufferings (the concrete problems, stresses, anxieties, frustrations, desolation, and rejection that I am facing right now) to my convictions in a promise (something ...
One of the things a friend of mine likes to do is to take a walk inside Forrest Lawn cemetery. For one, it’s a great place to think, reflect and pray. One of the things you will notice is that both rich and poor are buried there; a reminder that in the end, all of us, regardless of our status ...
Compassion shows we are civilized We just heard, “So have no fear of them; for nothing is covered up that will not be uncovered, and nothing secret that will not be made known. What I say in the dark, tell in the light; and what you hear whispered, proclaim from the rooftops.” (Mt. 10:24-25) I have inherited my parent’s enthusiasm ...

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