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To Do Good or Evil?

Mark 3:1-6 Jesus entered the synagogue. There was a man there who had a withered hand. They watched him closely to see if he would cure him on the sabbath so that they might accuse him. He said to the man with the withered hand, “Come up here before us.” Then he said to them,…
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Even Very Young Children Can Help Feed the Less Fortunate – Fr. Michael Sliney

A group of the faithful in Westchester County, New York, put aside their own needs — and think of those who have far less. I pulled into the Ferragu residence in Scarsdale, New York, at 5 p.m. on a frigid and snowy December afternoon just a few weeks ago. Over 20 high school boys and…
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Best Gift to Your Kids Isn’t What You Think – Fr. Michael Sliney, LC

Must everything be wrapped up with a bow on top? One intangible but priceless possession is worth some reflection. I am amazed to see the heroic sacrifices so many moms make for the good of their kids. It’s the same with the hard work and sleepless nights so many businessmen and women endure to provide…
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Hope of Finding the Truth – Fr. Bruce Wren, LC

If one were to ask an ordinary American Catholic today who his favorite authors were, I doubt very much that any of them would be among the so-called “Fathers of the Church”. These influential Christian scholars, living in general before 700 A.D., set the theological foundations of Christianity. Today, however, they seem distant at the…
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The Light that Comes from Prayer – Fr. Bruce Wren

In our Gospel today, we read about the beginning of Jesus’ public ministry. Jesus was in the southern part of Palestine, near the Jordan River when he heard that John been arrested. So he made a decision: he left the Province of Judea and his hometown of Nazareth and he moved to a city in…
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The 7 Lessons Of Gratitude – Father Mark Haydu

Here is a summary of 7 lessons on gratitude. Of all the biblical numbers you should be grateful I didn’t choose 144,000. 1) Gratitude should never be silent. We all know what it feels like when they say thank you. And when they don’t! “Unexpressed gratitude is ingratitude.” No doubt the other 9 lepers were…
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The Two Kinds Of Peace

Dear friends in Christ,   Jesus says “Do you think that I have come to establish peace on the earth?  No, I tell you, but rather division.”  We might rightly think: “But how can this be true? Doesn’t Jesus say in other parts of the Gospel “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called…
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Our Father: Examined

Dear friends in Christ,   Have you ever noticed that the “Our Father” is made up of seven petitions? The version of the “Our Father” in our Gospel this Sunday is from St. Luke, but the more complete form and the one we habitually use comes from the Gospel of St. Matthew. In that version,…
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Christians Must Be Forgiving, Yet Demanding

Dear friends in Christ,   Sometimes it might seem as though our Catholic faith is built upon contradictions. Here we are in the middle of Pope Francis’ “Year of Mercy” (December 8, 2015 – November 20, 2016), in which we often hear the Pope asking us to forgive almost “no matter what”. He says: “Mercy,…
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