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  • Memorial Day 2017
  • + Memorial Day Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord” and blessed are they who honor the memory of the dead. Readings: Tobit 1:3; 2:1-8 Psalm 27; Mark 12:1-12 And I wept. When the sun was down, I went and dug a grace and buried him. My neighbors laughed and said, “See! He is not afraid any more.” [Tobit 2:7-8] Last evening as I watched the Annual Memorial Day Tribute on PBS, my thought [続きを読む]
  • Seventh Sunday of Easter 'A'
  • Listen In the process of implementing liturgical modifications several years ago, I explained the rationale for the introduction o
    f intermittent but ‘significant pauses’ during Sunday worship. The pauses are subtle but essential reminders that we need to
    listen at liturgy not only with the ears of our head but also with the ears of our heart. As with the ‘rest’ in a musical mea
    sure, pause [続きを読む]
  • Still Relevant...
  • Why journalists need to resist the label of ‘the opposition’Eileen MarkeyAMERICA Magazine Online ? March 21, 2017 President Donald J. Trump has repeatedly denounced stories critical of his administration or its policies as “fake news.” His press secretary, Sean Spicer, barred some reporters considered unfriendly from a White House briefing on Feb. 24, and senior advisor Stephen Bannon labe [続きを読む]
  • Crossing the Bridge.... Two Lanes... Let's talk about it...
  • Website Editor’s Note: Fr. Jim Martin has a something valuable to say about a lot of topics. I view him as another ‘radical centrist’ ? certainly not an extremist in any sense of that term. This article is a challenge to both sides of that aisle, as it were. Very few if any of us have not or will not have some association with a member of the LBGTQ community. Many of have members in our bio [続きを読む]
  • Sixth Sunday of Easter 'A'
  • The Center of My Life “I was a revolutionary when I was young, and all my prayers to God were, ‘Lord, give me the energy to change the world.’” “As I approached middle age, and realized that half my life was gone without my changing one solitary soul, I changed my prayer. ‘Lord,’ I prayed, ‘give me the grace to change all those with whom I come into contact―just my family, my friends [続きを読む]
  • Fifth Sunday of Easter 'A'
  • To Live is to Change Each Sunday since Easter the Acts of the Apostles have continued to describe for us the gradual unfolding of
    the life of the early Christian community at Jerusalem. Acts describe it as community centered on the Scriptures, the Eucharist an
    d good works especially the care of the poor. It was a simple way of life that epitomized the way of Jesus ―the way, the truth a
    nd the l [続きを読む]
  • Common Ground?
  • Website Editor’s Note: At least Republicans and Democrats unabashedly agree when it comes to making money. Wouldn’t be nice if everyone had access to the same perks and privileges as the privileged when it comes to medical care and other human entitlements. Fr. Lasch What Trumpcare and Obama’s $400,000 speaking fee have in commonRobert David SullivanPolitics & Society ? Short TakeAMERICA [続きを読む]
  • Another perspective...
  • Website Editor’s Note: I am a ‘radical centrist.’ As such I find it necessary to be attentive to the articulation of opposi
    ng points of view. These stimulating articles were brought to my attention recently by a good friend, Mike, who I believe is also
    a radical centrist. In his words, the two articles deal with America’s unending wars. He pointed out that 1) instead of giving
    in to the t [続きを読む]
  • Fourth Sunday of Easter 'A'
  • Like a Shepherd The role of the shepherd is a frequent reference in the Jewish Bible where God is depicted as the shepherd of Israel: “The Lord is my shepherd, I shall want for nothing…” [Psalm 23:1]; “You led your people like a shepherd by Moses and Aaron… [Psalm 77:20]; “He is our God and we are his people, the sheep of his flock…” [Psalm 79:13]. The Messiah to come is described as [続きを読む]
  • Speaking of Health Care...
  • Website Editor’s Intro: Speaking of health care and health care costs, here is a synopsis of an enlightening NPR interview that
    might broaden our perspective on the current discussion about the repeal of ‘Obama Care’ will costs really de-escalate? It’
    s a safe bet they won’t. But isn’t heath care an entitlement. It’s a ‘right-to-life’ issue isn’t it? Fr. Lasch An Amer
    ican Sickness ? [続きを読む]
  • Third Sunday of Easter 'A'
  • Joy on the Journey Have you ever experienced the burning presence of God at a special liturgical event such as a wedding or a funeral during which the words of Scripture jumped off the page? And all of a sudden you felt connected to Jesus during the Eucharistic prayer and the reception of Communion. Perhaps it was during a retreat such as Corner Stone. What was it that made the experience so mo [続きを読む]
  • 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]