Wednesday Evening Prayer

The Jews, Greeks, and Romans divided the hours between sunrise and sunset into 12 parts, and the Jews devoted certain of those intervals to prayer. These Old Testament time divisions developed into the Church’s “canonical hours” or “offices” at which prayers [psalms, canticles, antiphons, scripture, etc.], and are known, together with the Holy Mass, as […]

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The Baptism of the Lord

Any parent of an adolescent knows that tension is an every day household word. The adolescent experiences tension within themselves as they grow toward adulthood and they begin to assert their independence! And as they grow toward adulthood, their behavior frustrates and angers parents. The tensions have a good side, though. For the adolescent, it […]

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Feast of the Holy Family

Seating around the family dinner table is very interesting! 52 years ago we moved into a home my father and his brothers built and we had our places at the table. Today, we still want to sit next to each other in those same places! “Sitting next to” is an expression of a loving relationship […]

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A Christmas Prayer

Day-breaking God, we come to meet you this morning. We come as the mighty and the lowly, threadbare shepherds just in from the fields, stately magi come on a caravan. We gather together around a baby in a manger in a stable behind a small town inn. We gaze together upon a newborn infant fidgeting […]

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Emmanuel, God Is With Us

My father would often say to us, this is a home, not a house. That is, our home was very personal: colors, furniture, pictures reflected the relationship we held as a family. There were toys scattered about signaling play time, TV was on and the adults sat around the kitchen table with a good cup […]

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