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  • Second Sunday of Easter 'A'
  • A’ thick’ community It is astounding that despite the passing of time and the repetition of the texts that describe the first
    Easter, new insights continue to emerge from a careful reading of these biblical accounts. I expect this is no different from th
    e experience of listening to family stories over and over again. Haven’t you ever heard someone say, “I’ve heard that story
    a hundred [続きを読む]
  • Where I stand...
  • Website Editor’s Note: For several months, I have been curious about an uncomfortable feeling about world event. Mind you, I am not an historical scholar―not even close nor can I even consider myself an erudite political analyst. I have stopped watching all news and opinion channels. I watch on the BBC News and the PBS News Hour. I listen to WNYC and other NPR stations. Some believe these stat [続きを読む]
  • A Refreshing Perspective...
  • After reading David Brooks article on ‘thick institutions’, “How to Leave a Mark on People” [David Brooks, NY Times Op Ed, April 18, 2017] I immediately thought of what a genuine Catholic parish would be, could be like, all things considered, with the encouragement of a pastor and staff who viewed the parish as a genuine community rather than as an institution. Oh, I know that notwithstandin [続きを読む]
  • Easter Sunday 'A'
  • Dare to Hope This story is entitled: ‘Wiping Away The Tears’ by Maryknoll Father Joseph Fedora. [Maryknoll Magazine, Maryknoll, NY, April 2002.] “’Why are you weeping?’ a friend asked. ‘Because Hipolito died today,’ I said. ‘You remember him, don’t you? He was the young man at the AIDS shelter who―no matter how bad the pain―always braved a simile. I’m going to miss him.’ “’D [続きを読む]
  • Holy Saturday
  • New Beginnings As with book covers,titles do not tell the whole talebut they hint at what is yet untoldof untold tales and of what
    lies deep beneath the surfacestill wrapped in thoughts unwrittenand words unspoken,stories waiting to be unwrapped and unpacked.
    “New Beginnings”___hint at what is yet to unfold.Prophetic rather than predictable,they pique and tease the mind and heartto g
    et our a [続きを読む]
  • Good Friday
  • In the Shadow Buried in the thick darkness of the lonely, stark forest ? memories, names and faces burned into the ski
    n of red mapleswhose crimson leaves have long departed, blown into eternity.Lifeless branches stretching their boney figures towar
    d distant starshiding behind shrouds reaching from end to endrefusing to acknowledge the approach of dawn. Where have the angels g
    one? O [続きを読む]
  • Holy Thursday
  • This is my body… you are my body! “On the first day of Unleavened Bread, the disciples approached Jesus and said, ‘Where do you want us to prepare for you to eat the Passover?’ He said, ‘Go into the city to a certain man and tell him, “The teacher says, ‘my appointed time draws near; in your house I shall celebrate the Passover with my disciples.’” The disciples did as Jesus had ordere [続きを読む]
  • Much to ponder...
  • Website Editor’s Note: As we enter the holiest of weeks, there is much to ponder about the Jesus of Nazareth and the Cosmic Christ. Father Richard Rohr is insightful about the abiding presence of the Christ in the universe, a presence that existed long before Jesus was born in time. This is the risen Christ we will celebrate at Easter and we need to enter this week as if we know the whole story [続きを読む]
  • Palm Sunday
  • Live as if you know the whole story The article is entitled, “Christians, meet Jesus, the face of the Father’s mercy.” The opening sentence reads: “I wonder when U.S. Christians began to lose touch with Jesus?” [Tracy Kemme, Catholic Reporter, March 26 ? April 6, 2017] For most, a very disturbing article; for some much too harsh. On March 24, 1980, Archbishop Oscar Romero, declared by Po [続きを読む]
  • For those who search for a message of hope
  • Website Editor’s Note: As we approach the most solemn week of the liturgical year, believers are searching for something, anything that offers hope to a divided nation and to a world in turmoil. The following brief reflection provide at least an outline of hope but we need to fill in the spaces with our own experiences that give witness to our own hope grounded in the conviction of the prophets [続きを読む]
  • Fifth Sunday in Lent 'A'
  • Come out… The death of a loved one creates a void in our hearts as well as an empty place at our table. The trauma of the sudden
    death of a spouse, a parent or a child leaves a numbing effect in the soul that does not subside quickly or easily. The Scriptu
    res for this fifth Sunday in Lent are among the most powerful and moving in the entire Lenten lectionary. Each reading dramatizes
    the dy [続きを読む]
  • Fourth Sunday in Lent 'A'
  • Seeing is believing and believing is seeing. Few of us have the ability to put into words the actuality of what the naked eye can
    see. In fact, our eyes can and often do deceive us. We don’t always see or hear with complete objectivity. It has to do with
    perspective and our ability to appreciate the relationship of one object or subject to another. I’m sure there must be a scient
    ific expl [続きを読む]
  • A time to pause...
  • Website Editorial Note: On this day of commemoration of the martyrdom of Oscar Romero, and in the light of current events nothing
    could be more appropriate and relevant than to observe the import of his life not only on the people of Sal Salvador but on the p
    oor everywhere. It is interesting that rarely do the poor have any say in the election of representatives in any government includ
    ing our [続きを読む]
  • Guest Homilist
  • Website Editor’s Note: The homily that follows was delivered at the Community Mass at St. Joseph Shrine, Stirling, New Jersey on Sunday, March 19, 2017 by Linda Stamato. Linda is a colleague and good friend. Her homily is the best example of why competent women should be in the pulpit on a regular basis. They have much to contribute to the quality of homilies and to the enrichment of the litu [続きを読む]
  • Editorial
  • Editorial: Health care is not a ‘choice’NCR National Catholic Reporter Editorial Staff | Mar. 18, 2017 The Donald Trump admi
    nistration and Republican leadership of the House of Representatives are trying to rush through Congress their long-promised repla
    cement legislation for the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010, President Barack Obama’s signature legislation. T
    hey are ru [続きを読む]
  • Third Sunday in Lent 'A'
  • Conduits of Grace One in ten people worldwide do not have access to clean water. That is twice the population of the United States
    . It is said that a person can live several weeks without food but only a few days without water. People in third and fourth world
    countries travel miles for water. Water is life! [Celebration, Worship Resource, NCR Publishing Co. Kansas City, 2017] The Israel
    ites c [続きを読む]
  • Point and Counterpoint
  • Website Editor’s Note: Committed as I am to ‘radical centrism’, I found the two contributions published on the Op-Ed sectio
    n of the New York Times as interesting as they are challenging. As you are aware, both columnists are conservative but Rus Douthat
    is a bit further to the right than David Brooks whom I consider a moderate conservative. I believe he comes closer to ‘radical
    centrism’ . [続きを読む]
  • Perspectives... Let's talk about it...
  • Website Editor’s Note: Father Tom Reese, SJ, is well known for his balanced views on contemporary issues and events, especially
    those within the Catholic Church. His commentary is the first of the two articles that follow and offers a positive perspective o
    n the accomplishments of Pope Francis since his election four years ago today, March 13th. Nevertheless, critics of the accomplish
    ments of [続きを読む]
  • Second Sunday in Lent 'A'
  • Called to be a blessing! There’s more than a touch of unreality in the readings for this weekend, particularly the first and the
    third. I’m referring to the larger context of the Genesis story before and after Abraham. The experience of Abraham surely must
    have seemed surreal to him and no less to Sarah. Imagine Abraham coming home from the fields telling Sarah, “You’re not going
    to believe [続きを読む]
  • Point of View
  • The Pope on Panhandling: Give Without WorryBy THE EDITORIAL BOARD ? NY Times ? MARCH 3, 2017 New Yorkers, if not city dwellers
    everywhere, might acknowledge a debt to Pope Francis this week. He has offered a concrete, permanently useful prescription for de
    aling with panhandlers. It’s this: Give them the money, and don’t worry about it.The pope’s advice, from an interview with a
    Milan maga [続きを読む]
  • First Sunday of Lent 'A'
  • A Season of Grace and Opportunity Can you remember a time in your life to which you might refer now as a time of blessing? A time of grace? Perhaps it was during your childhood years, if they were happy times, when you felt loved by mom and dad and by all who called you sister, brother or friend. Or perhaps it was in your late adolescent years, when you were breaking out and away from what you [続きを読む]
  • Notes and Quotes... Let's talk about it...
  • Website Editor’s Note: Last week, I posted a combination of several articles dealing with the unfinished business associated wi
    th the scandal of sexual abuse in the RC Church. I realize that many if not most folks in the pew assume it’s over and done with
    . But alas, notwithstanding Pope Francis’ intention to hold accountable bishops who defaulted on their responsibility to protect
    children a [続きを読む]
  • Ash Wednesday
  • It’s about prayer and action Several years ago before most of you were born, I served as an associate pastor in a small parish i
    n the eastside of Paterson. During the celebration of the Ash Wednesday liturgy, a middle-aged woman approached me at the Communio
    n station and as I presented the host to her she said, “What’s that?” I told it was Holy Communion. She responded, “I don
    ’t want that [続きを読む]
  • Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time 'A'
  • Not to worry; I’ll be there for you! Young people are not exempt from ‘hard times’ and it is not unusual for them to bring t
    heir painful experiences, to the table for discussion during an Antioch retreat weekend. Antioch can also serve as a doorway to th
    e family table. During the commitment ceremony at the conclusion of the weekend, participants have the opportunity to give testim
    ony to th [続きを読む]
  • Notes, Quotes and Comments...
  • Website Editor’s Note: Catholic Whistle Blowers was established in 2013 as a network of current and former priests, women religi
    ous, brothers, deacons, and laypersons who actively support survivors of sexual abuse in the Catholic Church. Many of us have rep
    orted instances of sexual abuse to civil or church authorities, and we all struggle to expose the cover-up of abuse by church lead
    ership. [続きを読む]