Amid the Flock


16th Sunday in Ordinary Time At the ordination of a priest, after the ritual laying on of hands, the ordaining bishop anoints the priest’s hands with Sacred Chrism, the perfumed oil also used… Continue reading

Successful Careers for the Unqualified


15th Sunday in Ordinary Time I believe a successful career is marked by certain measurable benchmarks. To name a few in no particular order; one, you will want financial security—to be able to… Continue reading

The Divine Achilles’ Heel


14th Sunday in Ordinary Time Kryptonite. Harmless to you, me, and most everyone else on the planet. I say most because we all know it is the one substance that reduces to a glorious heaping… Continue reading

Software Update of the Spirit


13th Sunday in Ordinary Time Every once in a while I get a message on my computer telling me it’s time for a software update. I can’t explain even vaguely how it all… Continue reading

The Life We Intentionally Share & Pass On


Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time This month I complete my 12thyear as pastor of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Waynesboro. I’ve lived here longer now than I’ve lived anywhere, including at… Continue reading

Alternate Reality


Tenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Coming from a large family, I had this secret fantasy growing up. Everyone else at home was weird. I was the only normal person I knew. Mom and… Continue reading

Proof of Our Faith in Our Words & Actions


The Body & Blood of the Lord Some time ago, I would enjoy watching CSI on TV. Crime Scene Investigation. It’s in syndication now, all 15 seasons. Funny how when Hollywood discovers what… Continue reading

Living Witness to Mystery


Most Holy Trinity The online Oxford English dictionary gives a general definition of mystery as “something that is difficult or impossible to understand or explain.”[1] The way “difficult” and “impossible” have an “or”… Continue reading

Embrace the Wind & Fire of God


Pentecost The story of Pentecost that we hear proclaimed from the Acts of the Apostles recounts in dramatic fashion how the once-timid band of Jesus’ followers confidently emerged from their refuge of mourning… Continue reading

A Powerful New Presence


The Ascension of the Lord “Lord, are you at this time going to restore the kingdom to Israel?” It was a safe question considering the context. Jesus’ disciples who were about his age… Continue reading

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