The Mystery of Faith

In the second reading from 1 Corinthians, St. Paul tells us that the Christian faith is a mature faith.  He says that it is full of mystery and hidden, predetermined before all of history.  It is my deep belief that those who really engage in their Catholic faith will obtain

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Presentation of the Lord

February 2, 2017 As of this writing, we are coming up on the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord, on Thursday, February 2.  So when you are reading this it will have already have passed.  Still, it is worth mentioning some things about this very ancient feast. The reference

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Discipline and Virtue

“Well, nothing worth having comes without some kind of fight; got to kick at the darkness ‘till it bleeds daylight.” (Bruce Cockburn)  Things worth having are things worth fighting for.  Even prayer is like that.  It’s a discipline.  It doesn’t matter if it’s private prayer – the kind you do

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All Is Vanity

The readings this weekend really sock it to us with one central question: “What is really important?”  In the 1990’s Don Henley wrote a lyric that comes to mind here: “They don’t make hearses with luggage racks.” The surrounding area of our parish is an exploding, energetic, upwardly mobile community. 

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Liturgy Has No ‘Audience’

by Scott Fitzgerald People often trivialize language. They use one word when actually they mean another. Plus different areas of the country have different words that refer to the same thing. This is certainly true on the ‘common-sense’ level of language. When I first went to Appalachia in 1990 and

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Jesus, the Cosmic Christ

Today, it is not so scandalous a thing to think of Jesus, the Son of God, the God-Become-Man, to be made of stardust. But in the early 20th century a French Jesuit named Pierre Teihard de Chardin said that very thing. It was such a scandal that the Vatican told

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Spiritual Curiosity

by Scott Fitzgerald Last time I talked about the stages that one goes through in preparation to “drop the nets” – to totally give oneself to discipleship to Jesus.  The second stage is spiritual curiosity. After a person has developed a trust relationship with another disciple – made friends, etc.

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Drop Your Nets

by Scott Fitzgerald Are you a disciple?  Many times when I ask this question of people, they answer, “well, no…I guess I’m not sure.”  Anyone who is a follower of Jesus is his disciple.  And we are all called to be disciples.  God has called and gifted all of us.

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Agape, Love

by Scott Fitzgerald It is one thing to say, “I love you”, or to say, “I love the way the seat feels in this car,” or “I love sushi.” There are actually three words for love employed in the New Testament: philios, eros, and agape. The first one, philios, you

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