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Entries for September 2018

26th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted on September 27, 2018

   As we go about our days, we necessarily label, classify, and prioritize. What's "in" and what's "out" on our priority list? Because humans are so-cial beings, we tend to do the same thing with peo-ple. We can only invite six people to the dinner party. Our young child wants to invite certain friends to her birthday, but we're keenly aware of who the parents are, and the prospect of spending several hours with them is enough to give us pause. In today's Gospel, Jesus' disciples face a classifica-tion problem. They've seen another person driv-ing out demons in the n...

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25th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted on September 20, 2018

The Oscars. The Super Bowl. TV talent shows. Your son's Little League championship. We live in a culture set on competition. The desire to "be the best" goes beyond hobbies and into politics, the corporate world, and parenting comparisons at the park. This desire is as old as the human race, and it surely arose in Jesus' day. While Biblical so-ciety was significantly less open and upwardly mobile than our own, power was attractive. From what we know, many of Jesus' disciples had come from lowly backgrounds. Now they followed an increasingly popular rabbi who seemed primed to do something big. Jesus do...

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40 Days for Life

Posted on September 20, 2018

You are invited to join Catholics throughout the country for 40 days of prayer, penance, and vigils that God may move the heart of our nation towards attitudes that protect and promote the dignity of all human life from conception to natural death. 40 Days for Life in our diocese begins on September 25. Bishop Cote will preside at Holy Mass at St. Patrick Cathedral that day at 7 P.M. There are many significant days and times for prayer in the course of our 40 days: September 27, The Feast of St. Vincent de Paul, a saint who taught us by example to feed the hungry, shelter the homeless and care for the least of our broth...

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24th Sunday in Ordinary Time.

Posted on September 13, 2018

  We know the signs of defeat: slumped shoulders, downcast eyes, a chastened demeanor. For those of us sincerely trying to follow Jesus, defeat is in-evitable. We commit to spending more time with our kids, but that one project still looms. We re-solve to be a good person, but our selfishness strikes again. It can be easy to get discouraged over our moral failures. Today's Gospel is a small, intriguing look at this process in the life of St. Pe-ter. First, Jesus' questions get the Apostles thinking about his true identity. This results in a confession of faith from Peter: "You are the Christ." Eag...

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