Why We Have A Church

There’s a common belief these days that while God might exist, and while we might worship him in our own way and according to our own concept of who he is, we nevertheless do not need to belong to “organized religion.”  Religion, they say, is the cause of so much controversy, warfare and inhumanity throughout…

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Children of the Kingdom

Contained in today’s Gospel is a lesson on smugness.  It’s an unpleasant little sin, usually not mortal in nature, but nevertheless one that causes those who notice it in us to recoil in revulsion.  “I’m a Catholic, I’m part of the true Church founded by our Lord himself, I can just sit back and wallow…

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And He Was Subject Unto Them

The Holy family

In last week’s Gospel, we followed the story of how our Blessed Lady and St. Joseph spent three anxious days, searching for their twelve-year-old Son Jesus, who had deliberately left them and stayed in the temple of Jerusalem, conversing with the Elders of Sion.  This was the only story we have from the childhood of…

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Weddings and Marriages

Many a man has destroyed his life (not to mention the life of his girlfriend) by falling victim to the heat of the moment and asking the fateful question, “Will you marry me?”  The girl, whose love is often also at a crucially vulnerable stage, is then under the pressure to either refuse the offer…

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In the Dark Night

В темную нічку (Спи, Ісусе) As the three Wise Men from the East laid their presents at the feet of the Infant Jesus, his blessed Mother watched and wondered.  They gave him gold, signifying that her tiny Son was a King.  They gave him frankincense, reserved for the worship of the One True God.  Finally,…

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Gold for a King

Christ was born God and man.  But we must remember too that he was born a king—indeed the King of kings—so it was fitting that three kings should be present at his Nativity to kneel before him and do him homage, presenting him their three gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.  We can see these…

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When Eight Days Were Accomplished

We tend to associate today with the fact that it is January 1st, the first day of a new year.  All our secular thoughts revolve around the New Year’s holiday: last night we celebrated New Year’s Eve with all its accompanying worldly festivities, some of which have an unfortunate tendency to progress beyond the limits…

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Getting What We Deserve

This year, we were disappointed that there could be no Christmas Mass in our chapel of St. Margaret Mary.  A particularly fierce storm swept through Ohio the day before Christmas Eve and rendered the roads too dangerous for travel.  Rather than tempt anyone to risk life and limb, it was decided to forego the usual…

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Ye Watchers and Ye Holy Ones

The shepherds with a sheep

On this, the last Sunday of the calendar year, I reflected on some of the things I’ve said to you in 2022.  I feel a little guilty that so much of what you’ve had to hear has been a bit on the negative side, although I’ve always tried to bring out the ultimate joy and…

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A Bleak Midwinter

This year, we were disappointed that there could be no Mass in our chapel of St. Margaret Mary.  A particularly fierce storm swept through Ohio the day before Christmas Eve and rendered the roads too dangerous for travel.  Rather than tempt anyone to risk life and limb, it was decided to forego the usual religious…

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