Pope Francis: Wearing His Heart on His Sleeve

This is the sleeve of Pope Francis.  Tattered, like much of the poor are throughout their lives each day.  Again, Pope Francis reminds us of the priorities we need to have in a simple and yet profound way. I’m sure the lack of attention to tailoring is intentional on his part and not forgetful.   […]

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So Punish Me, Don’t Do It

A young man once challenged me about the Sacrament of Confession in a semi-public forum. “Why do I have to confess my sins to a priest, when I can just go directly to God?” “A good question!” I replied back.  He smiled waiting for a cop-out answer of some sort. But I honored his question […]

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The Holy Trinity

This Sunday is Trinity Sunday and you can find readings for this weekend’s mass here. But just what the heck is the Holy Trinity anyway?  We can default to the old school definition that many of us learned in religious education growing up that God is “one in three” or “three persons in one God”.  While […]

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Risking Woundedness

It is better to have a Church that is wounded but out in the streets than a Church that is sick because it is closed in on itself. – Pope Francis A colleague once reminded me that 75% of the time his parish is in “maintenance mode.”  This means that they’ve established programs like religious […]

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Discerning the Semester

Greetings from a long lost blogger.  When I’m not writing, you should worry.  Well…maybe not that much, but enough to consider that I’m not taking enough stock of what I’m doing to wish to share it with you, dear readers. I just finished my second year as Director of Campus Ministry and this 2015 Spring […]

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Men and Women in Ministries Together

So the recent uproar over the comments made by Cardinal Burke here and a San Francisco parish’s banning of female altar servers has caused a great disturbance in the force from where I sit.  Over 50 people responded to my question asking them for their opinion on this matter.  It brings up a number of issues […]

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Joe Franklin and Catholicism

So radio and TV icon Joe Franklin died this week at the reported age of 88 (I don’t believe that for a second).  Joe was a real character and I met him a few times while working alongside him at the legendary WOR Radio in New York. Fr. Paul Keenan’s show often preceded Joe’s and […]

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The Catholic Church Crazies Have Been Out All Week

A full moon was seen this week and there’s no doubt about it.  This week alone these stories emerged: Bill Donahue of the Catholic League said that the Parisian Terrorists were provoked by Charlie Hebdo. And that the Muslims have a right to be angry. Fr. George Rutler, long a champion of the Catholic right, […]

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Pope to Visit New York as well as Philly and D.C.

As rumored, Pope Francis will likely make a trip to New York as well as Washington, D.C. Newsday has the scoop, quoting Joe Zwilling, Director of Communications for the Archdiocese.of New York. Zwilling said a visit to New York makes sense for a number of reasons. This year is the 50th anniversary of Pope Paul […]

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