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From Sin to Risk to Suffering to Resurrection!

We have been on quite a journey over these last six weeks, haven’t we? First we came to terms with our own mortality and sinfulness.  Remember you are dust.  Turn away from sin and be faithful to the Gospel.  We received a healthy dose of humility.  We pledged to be better.  And we worked to become so. Then, about a month later, we were invite to pray with the Feast of the Annunciation, the commemoration of Mary and her yes and where that got her and where that got us.  I think of the Annunciation …

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“Hey, Father, I can’t get to Mass today”

You have your own favorite Ash Wednesday story, no doubt. Mine involves a city Metro bus. In any town, on Main Street is a good place for a Catholic church to be. There are multiple advantages: presence, curb appeal, access, visibility, passing traffic – all those and more. Add on the relaxed nature of the small town of Milford, and the location of St. Andrew is about as good as it can get. Anyway, on to my Ash Wednesday story. Standing near the sidewalk outside church after the noon Mass on Ash Wednesday, I heard …

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Remember that you are Dust

The beginning of this blog coincides with the beginning of Lent on Ash Wednesday. Here are some of my thoughts as we embark on this holy season. The weeks of Lent originated as a preparation time for those about to be baptized at Easter. Lent’s baptismal focus has been recovered as the final preparation for the elect, but it also serves as a reminder to all of us who are already baptized of our commitment to follow Jesus. “The Lenten liturgy disposes both catechumens and the faithful to celebrate the paschal mystery: catechumens, through the …

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