Three False Voices

A Homily for the Fourth Sunday of Easter, Year C My sheep hear my voice; I know them, and they follow me. –John 10:27–             I’ve said this often before: My tough Slovak mother hated when her kids would wine.  As a trained nurse, Mom had a great deal of

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They Feed Us

In loving gratitude to the devoted members of the Serra Club Summer 1990 Without the Sacrament of Holy Orders, we would not have the Lord.  Who put Him there in that Tabernacle?  The Priest.  Who welcomed your soul at the beginning of your life?  The priest.  Who feeds your soul

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Wounds of Love

A Homily for Good Friday ”Nay!” answered the child; “but these are the wounds of Love.” –Oscar Wilde, The Selfish Giant— When I was in the seventh grade, my father noticed the peach fuzz sprouting on my upper lip and called me into the bathroom.  After handing me a razor,

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Yes, Sir, I’ll Stay

During the time I studied at Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary, we seminarians would be bussed every Palm Sunday to the Cathedral in center city Philadelphia.  There we took part in the beautiful liturgy and, of course, we heard the chanting of the Passion.  The chant, both measured and solemn, usually

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Bad Apples

A good tree does not bear rotten fruit, nor does a rotten tree bear good fruit.  For every tree is known by its own fruit.  For people do not pick figs from thornbushes, nor do they gather grapes from brambles. –Luke 6:43-44–             What’s worse than finding a worm in

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A Bit about Grit

“Stay in the same house and eat and drink what is offered to you, for the laborer deserves payment.  Do not move about from one house to another.” –Luke 10:7–             Here’s a story you may have heard before.  It is a variant of a tale originally told by Aesop—that

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