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Christ at the Center: Home Edition

February 9, 2014: 5th Sunday in Ordinary Time Gospel: Matthew 5:13-16 Jesus said to his disciples: “You are the salt of the earth. But if salt loses its taste, with what can it be seasoned? It is no longer good for anything but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot. You are the light of the world. A city set on a mountain cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and then put it under a bushel basket; it is set on a lampstand, where it gives light to all in the house. …

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The Morning Offering

My commute to work is not very long, less than ten minutes even if I miss all of the lights. It isn’t precisely what one would describe as a scenic drive, traversing down Madison Road through Oakley and into Madisonville. I pass businesses, stores, a very large megachurch complex, bowling alley, and the Children’s Home. Despite this mundane backdrop, I find this three mile drive to be often breathtakingly beautiful and inspiring. Generally speaking, I am on the road somewhere between 7 and 8. Depending on the time of year, the sun is somewhere over …

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The Most Hopeful Day of the Year!

I think that the most hopeful day of the year is December 21. While it is the first day of my least favorite season, to me it is a day full of hope because after the 21st, the days begin to get longer. And so, even though I face months of cold feet and painful dry hands, I know that the daylight will increase each day and that spring is going to come. This seems to me a metaphor for life. We live in the tension between the good and the bad, the life-giving and …

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Peeking in Windows

My wife and I just moved into a new house recently.  After a hot day of heavy lifting, sorting, and re-sorting our possessions, we sat down to relax for the evening.  It did not really feel all that relaxing though.  We felt like we were on display to the whole world, because we had neither blinds nor curtains on the windows yet.  Therefore, we had no idea who might be peaking at us from the inky blackness of night out there. To be fair, we live on almost empty street, with just a few, mostly …

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Your Not-So-Typical Commencement Address

If I were to speak to graduating Catholic school students, here are a few thoughts I might share: I’m not going to be able to take much credit for these points.  Almost all of it has been inspired by one of the seniors graduating from our Youth Ministry program.  Because she could not attend our End-of-the-Year Party and share her parting reflections for the underclassmen, she wrote them out (you can find it HERE, though some of it will not make complete sense to the outsider].  I will quote part of it for you: Jesus …

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