The Nineteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time [B] – Bread of Life Discourse III

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Today’s readings There’s an awful lot of murmuring going on in today’s readings.  First, the prophet Elijah, fleeing for his life, takes refuge under a broom tree in the desert, pleading that God would take his life rather than let … Continued

The Eighteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time [Cycle B]: Bread of Life Discourse II

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Today’s readings My niece, Molly, wants to open a restaurant when she grows up.  She said that she is going to call it, simply, “Hungry.”  Seems like a good enough name for a restaurant to me.  Where are you going … Continued

Seventeenth Sunday of Ordinary Time, Cycle B

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Today’s readings Bishop Kaffer, of happy memory, used to say that every celebration of the Eucharist was a greater creative act than the creation of the universe.  Now I think greater theological minds than mine would likely debate that, but … Continued

Holy Thursday: Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper

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Today’s readings We should glory in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, in whom is our salvation, life and resurrection, through whom we are saved and delivered. That is the proper entrance antiphon, also known as the introit, for … Continued

Pastoral Care of the Sick: Anointing of the Sick During Mass

Today’s readings: 1 Kings 19:1-8 | Psalm 34 | James 5:13-16 | Mark 2:1-12 I first met Tom probably a few weeks after I started my first assignment as a priest at St. Raphael’s back in the summer of 2006.  … Continued

The Third Sunday of Easter [A]

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Today’s readings It is always interesting to me, in this story of the appearance of Jesus on the road to Emmaus, how the one thing that got through to them was the breaking of the bread.  He spent a long … Continued

The Twenty-first Sunday of Ordinary Time [C]

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Today’s readings In my last assignment, at St. Raphael in Naperville, there was a huge football program for elementary school kids called St. Raphael Football.  It was not just a team, but a league, and lots of surrounding churches had … Continued

The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ

Today’s readings During World War II, the officers of the Third Reich’s secret service forcefully recruited many 12- and 13-year-old boys into the Junior Gestapo. The harshly treated boys were given only inhumane jobs that they were to perform without … Continued

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