Tag Archives: Love

Weddings Are A Day; Marriages Are For Life.

There are scads of television shows related to weddings. In most of them, it would appear that the groom is little more than accessory—someone to provide an accent to the bride, who is the star of the show. God certainly doesn’t seem to play much of a role in these affairs. When I watch these shows I wonder how long the actual marriages last. If the entire focus is on creating one perfect day, how much attention is being given to the days, weeks, months and years that follow?  I wonder if these young couples …

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Naughty or Nice?

Are you on the ‘naughty’ or ‘nice list’ this year? It is amazingly stupendous that the Santa story has worked flawlessly for so many years. (Hopefully, your little darlings are not old enough to read this article, or if they are I am sure that this will hardly be their preferred reading material.) Where was I? Oh yes! I was talking about the little trick that parents play to get their kids on their best behavior around Christmas. A break, even if it was only for a few days a year, was better than no …

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The Wedding Reading That Isn’t

One of the aspects of the priesthood that I enjoy most is wedding preparation. Not all preparations are alike and certainly couples seeking to be married in the Church today are all over the board in terms of their religious education and practice of the faith. But something that unites many of them is the Scripture readings they choose for their wedding.   Of all the potential readings, the one chosen most often for the New Testament reading is from St. Paul to Corinthians (1 Cor 12:31–13:8). You know the one . . . “Love is …

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In God’s Image

God made all of us. In God’s image. How many of us actually live as though we believe that? Increasingly I feel as though many groups of people feel as though they have cornered the market on God’s favor and can actually read God’s mind. Not only do they have the truth, they also are the sole recipients of God’s love and concern. I’m pretty sure that this is not what Christ taught us. In fact, I’m entirely certain that it isn’t. None of us get it right, all of us need God’s mercy and …

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Valley of Darkness

Psalm 23:4 Even when I walk through a dark valley, I fear no harm for you are at my side; your rod and staff give me courage.     The path of love will lead us through many a dark valley. To love is to respond to persecution with mercy, forgiveness and compassion. Jesus showed us the way. He also showed us that all dark valleys eventually lead to beautiful, bright mountaintops. The dark valleys teach us that we cannot do it on our own. We need someone to lead us…someone like Jesus. The Good …

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The Righteous Mind

Like Sean Ater, I strongly support Cardinal Dolan’s decision to invite President Obama to the Annual Al Smith dinner. It seems to me that one of the great tragedies of the present is the inability of “enemies” to talk to one another in a way that is respectful of differences and diversity. One of the great dangers of being human beings is a tendency to create “enemies” from differences and disagreements. Related to that is the feeling that we are right, good, and truthful and those who disagree with us are the opposite: wrong, bad …

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Fairytales DO Come True!

I’d like to start this post with a little aside in praise of men.  You see, sometimes I am amazed at how many awesome, wonderfully manly men I am privileged to know.  I’m talking about real MEN OF GOD – men who fight everyday for the good God.  Men who fight to stay pure.  Men who are faithful to the teachings of Christ and His Church.  Men who strive for virtue and greatness in a culture that offers them comfort and self-appeasement.  Men who sacrifice for their families.  Men who find their strength in prayer …

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We Are Prophets Called to Share Words of Hope

In recent weeks, we’ve heard the prophetic voices of Ezekiel, Amos, and Jeremiah at Sunday Liturgy.  Each were called to speak words of truth – God’s Word – to a people who are in need of being set free from what blinds them from doing the will of God.  They speak a Word that brings comfort, healing, strength, and hope to those who seek the heart of God. We who have been bathed in God’s love and mercy become prophets who shout from the mountaintops the goodness of the Lord! Yes, we who have experienced …

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The Most Important Commandment

Mark 12:30-31 “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength. The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’” This was the answer Jesus gave to the religious leader who asked Him which was the first of all the commandments. Jesus said that “love” is the answer. How can one do this? By not judging others but loving them. By not dividing everything we look upon as either “in” or “out” but in accepting all things as …

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GodQuest

I remember when I was a participant in the RCIA process. One of the first conversations that we had was a dialogue about journey. It went something like this: life is a journey. However, this journey we speak of is not the kind that we necessarily know where we are going or how long it will take to get there, wherever or whatever “there” is. We don’t always know the best route. In fact, its probably best that we don’t know.  Looking up how to go from point A to point B, knowing the mileage …

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