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Advent at the World Trade Center

Pastor's Column 1st Sunday of Advent Before embarking on our recent pilgrimage to the shrines of France with 27 other pilgrims, I had the opportunity to visit the World Trade Center Memorial in Manhattan last month. What one finds there are people from all over the world who have also in a sense come on pilgrimage to learn, to grieve, to remember, and perhaps to try to make sense of suffering somehow. Mixed in among us were grieving relatives, (yes, after 16 years), gently rubbing the names of loved ones etched into the two reflecting pool perimeters that once held the towers. Among the many moving images that one finds there are the wall of faces; so many faces! Religious or not, Catholic,

Christ the King in the Present Moment

Pastor’s Column Solemnity of Christ the King November 20, 2016 There are three cycles of readings for the solemnity of Christ the King, the last Sunday of the liturgical year and, in many ways, this year's gospel is the most disturbing (Luke 23:35-43).Rather than seeing Christ coming triumphantly at the end of time on the clouds of heaven, Christ reigns from the cross on Calvary. And truth be told, in our brief lives on earth we do see Christ more in this visage of suffering than as a triumphant King vanquishing all our foes! Christ reveals himself to us with our currently limited human vision in a series of disguises – in the poor, the outcast, and especially in our own lives when we are

Working for True Wealth

Pastor’s Column 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time November 13, 2016 Provide money bags for yourselves that do not wear out, an inexhaustible treasure in heaven that no thief can reach nor moth destroy. For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. Luke 12:33-34 In these days when many Americans are still experiencing financial insecurity or wondering where a safe investment might be that provides a decent return, Christ has some wisdom for us. For even if we succeed in finding such an earthly monetary investment, we cannot in the end hold onto our possessions, our wealth, or anything else in this world that seems to promise security but, in fact, offers nothing of the kind. Jesus str

Still a Time for Mercy

Pastor’s Column 32nd Sunday Ordinary Time November 6, 2010 “…but for those deemed worthy to attain a place to the coming age and to the resurrection of the dead neither marry nor are given in marriage; They can no longer die, for they are like the angels; and they are the children of God because they are the ones that will rise.” from Luke 20:27-38 This Sunday’s teaching by Jesus on the resurrection of the dead springs from something we all recognize: evil people seem at first glace to prosper without penalty, while the good frequently suffer for other people’s mistakes. The current economic crisis we have gone through is an example of this. Many of the financial “wizards” who were responsib

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