We’re laughing with you…

Some Catholic humor: Joke #1: Two men considering a religious vocation were having a conversation. “What is similar about the Jesuit and Dominican Orders? ” the one asked. The second replied, “Well, they were both founded by Spaniards — St.Dominic for the Dominicans, and St. Ignatius of Loyola for the Jesuits. They were also both… Continue reading We’re laughing with you…

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26th Sunday of Ordinary Time

http://www.usccb.org/nab/092505.htm Jesus said to the chief priests and elders of the people: It’s easy, I think, to distance ourselves from the point of the Gospel. We often think, well, I’m not one of the chief priests and elders, I’m a Christian, so I’m saved and I’m above reproach. But to do that does violence to… Continue reading 26th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Say More About That

In CPE, we had a little “inside joke,” if you will, about the statement, “say more about that.” That’s one of those phrases often used in counselling, spiritual direction, and CPE. It’s a good, open-ended question, better than something that would call for a “yes” or “no” answer. But it gets thrown around so much,… Continue reading Say More About That

25th Sunday of Ordinary Time

http://www.usccb.org/nab/091805.htm “Going out about five o’clock, the landowner found others standing around, and said to them, ‘Why do you stand here idle all day?’ They answered, ‘Because no one has hired us.’” Often when I’m reading a familiar passage of scripture, some part of it will jump out at me which has never really struck… Continue reading 25th Sunday of Ordinary Time

The days just keep on getting sadder…

I grieve for Matty and Jared, both way too young to die. I knew Matty pretty well, and worked directing the contemporary choir with him last spring. He was talented, energetic and bright, and will be a loss to his archdiocese. I also grieve for Rob and Mark, who have minor physical wounds but other… Continue reading The days just keep on getting sadder…

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A Very Sad Day

I’d like to ask you all to keep our community at Mundelein in your prayers. Early this morning, four of our seminarians were involved in a serious, tragic car accident, on our campus. I don’t know all the details yet, and I probably don’t want to know. But one of them was killed, another underwent… Continue reading A Very Sad Day

24th Sunday of Ordinary Time

http://www.usccb.org/nab/091105.htm Peter approached Jesus and asked him, “Lord, if my brother sins against me, how often must I forgive? As many as seven times?” Jesus answered, “I say to you, not seven times but seventy-seven times.” What an interesting reading to have had on September 11th. I think it’s so hard for us to even… Continue reading 24th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Lord, let our eyes be opened.

As they left Jericho, a great crowd followed him. Two blind men were sitting by the roadside, and when they heard that Jesus was passing by, they cried out, “[Lord,] Son of David, have pity on us!” The crowd warned them to be silent, but they called out all the more, “Lord, Son of David,… Continue reading Lord, let our eyes be opened.

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