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“Make Sure You Tell The Whole Story”

On September 8 – 21, 2013, Dr. Michael Gable, Director, Mission Office, Ms. Melonise Knight, Dr. Jessie Thomas, Ms. Barbara Wuest, Mrs. Donna Goddard, Mrs. Nor-Rita Winters, and I traveled to Ghana, West Africa on a mission trip.  This trip was very important for me because it allowed me to fulfill a promise I had made to my friend and mentor, the late Rev. Paul Rehling. It would be very easy for me to describe the wonderful people I met: Most Rev. Gabriel Mante – Diocese of Jasikan, Most Rev. Peter Atuahene – Diocese of …

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Let Justice Roll

But let justice roll on like a river, righteousness like a never-failing stream! Amos 5:24 Over the past few months, I’ve been working with office directors and a committee of people to plan an event that would celebrate and honor the 50th Anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington.  On that historic day over 250,000 people gathered at the Lincoln Memorial to stand against injustice, hatred and bigotry.  On that day, they heard Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., deliver his iconic “I Have A Dream Speech.” All of my children were born at least 20 …

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It’s Killing Me Slowly, But Joy Comes in the Morning

I’ve been engaged in the Rediscovering Catholicism conversations with parishioners and I’ve recently read the book, “Growing an Engaged Church – How to Stop “Doing Church” and Start BEING the Church Again” by Albert L. Winseman.  It has been a fascinating journey to rediscover and stoke the passions deep within me to seek a deeper relationship with the Lord.  The installation of Pope Francis has opened eyes and renewed hope for what the Church can be -servants to the least of our brothers and sisters.   Yet, in the midst of it all, the unveiling …

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When Frustrated with the Church, Lent Arrives

I met with a group of parishioners this past Monday to discuss Session 5 – The Seven Pillars of Catholic Spirituality in our weekly Rediscovering Catholicism Series. “..64 million Catholics in America – I want to wake up this sleeping giant” says, Matthew Kelly.  After years of Catholics’ opining that Mass is boring, is it possible “to wake up this sleeping giant?”    In our discussion, we expressed our frustration and anger about the Church, the pastor, the parish, and yes, even the deacon. This frustration is seething – it feeds our boredom like a …

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Violence in Our Streets: What Do I Do Now?

This past week, I remembered a conversation I had with one of my old police partners over 10 years ago, who ask, “Royce, why do you continue to live in that neighborhood?”  The thought that immediately ran through my mind was “because I have a home there.”  But, I understood he was really saying to me, “there is a better way to live.”  My answer was I grew up in this neighborhood.  My mother’s house is three blocks from where I live.  My church community is four blocks from where I live.  I know the …

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6 Hours of Torture

The shooting deaths of 6 and 7 year-old children and adults at the Sandy Hook Elementary School on Friday made a grown man cry.  I have come to understand that with age you not only open your heart to your own pain – you also begin to empathize with the pain of others.  Not too long ago, I was present to a family who had lost two young boys in a drowning accident.  They and I continue to mourn and grieve the loss of their lives.  I remember waiting in the hospital hours upon hours …

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The VIRTUS Reality: Living with the Past

It happened so many years ago, but it still haunts me today.  It has for decades changed the way I relate to the abuser and to the victims.  Why did the victims tell me?  It really wasn’t a question.  I knew the answer.  I’ve always been good at standing up for myself and for those who have sought my counsel. The victims knew that and I was their refuge.  As the victims recounted their abuse, it cut me to the core and I’ve never recovered.  Somehow, I had become a victim – and I simply …

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Faith & Hope in the Midst of a Storm

‘Marilyn’ was excited to continue her journey of faith in the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults.  She was baptized in a Baptist Church and for a long time was actively living out her faith.  Somewhere along the way as the days and years passed by, she was not as active in seeking a deeper relationship with God.  She was introduced to the Catholic Church by a friend who loved the Church and his faithfulness piqued her interest.  It was very obvious that “Marilyn” had been brought up in the faith, but it was also …

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Mission: Being A Credible Witness

On the weekend of October 19-20, 2012, I was a participant at Mission Connect 2012 that was held at Good Shepherd Parish. I really had not prepared myself for meeting the Christ at this event, but my eyes were soon opened by the wisdom of Sr. Janice McLaughlin, MM, the keynote speaker.  Sr. McLaughlin gave me a wonderful phrase from the African culture for transformation, “to be uprooted.”  This phrase I held onto as I drove home, as I slept and as I returned to Mission Connect the next morning.  I was wrestling with the …

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