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“What I say to you in the darkness, speak in the light; what you hear whispered, proclaim on the housetops” (Mt. 10: 27). A group of our SCMOQ seventh graders went on a mission trip to Harrisburg, PA for a week of service in the first week of summer break.  This intrepid group went, not…

Trinity Sunday is the “logical” follow-up to the Easter season.  Within the Easter season, we celebrate feasts which focus on “persons” of the Trinity.  Christ returns to the Father in the Ascension and the Spirit is given to us in Pentecost.  And so today the Church says clearly and unequivocally affirms the truth that God…

Birthdays are unifying markers in our lives.  They celebrate the beginning of our life’s journey.  We invite family and friends to be with us so that we are surrounded by the love that animates our lives.  Traditionally we light candles on a cake or other preferred confection and sing “Happy Birthday” to mark the day…

Most of us experience a leaving of some kind in our lives whether it be from a job, a relationship, a friendship or a geographical area.  One of the first leavings we do is going off to school.  The separation of sending a small child off to preschool or kindergarten can be difficult on the…

Humans are built for community.  In a community we can be known, valued and have a sense of belonging.  Any prolonged separation from community, familial or otherwise, can be a harrowing challenge, something known by orphans.  The film “Lion” captures the reality of being orphaned.  It is based on the real story of a boy…

The term “the way” can be applied to many aspects of travel in life.  We go on “the way” to our destinations often with the use of our GPS systems.  We “find our way” in life by trying different paths in terms of our life choices.  “The Way” also refers to El Camino de Santiago,…

Ever hear someone use the phrase “over my dead body”?  It is used to indicate an intense resolve to prohibit something from happening.  Knights used it in battle to indicate their resolve to protect passage from their enemy which could only happen by killing him and walking over the dead knight’s body.  It might presently…

Have you had a dream that you hoped would come to fruition, not happen?  Have you been in a place where you have felt defeated?  Have you had that experience where something has left you feeling empty and to go back to what was “normal” is difficult because of the new normal of the loss? …

Just before Easter my daughter was explaining to me that fairies were not real but Santa Claus was.  It was a testament of belief that indicated to me where her eight year old heart and mind were.  But I know she has doubts in her simple delineation between fairies and Santa.  At some point, her…

Today is a day of rejoicing.  Today we recognize the central mystery of our faith, that Jesus, the Son of God, suffered, died, was buried . . .  and was raised from the dead.  To that we say Alleluia! Resurrection.  How did this happen?  While we cannot fully understand this mystery of faith, Jesus’ resurrection…

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