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What is Secret Will Be Made Known

Pastor’s Column 12th Sunday in Ordinary Time June 25, 2017 “Jesus said to the Twelve: Fear no one. Nothing is secret that will not be revealed; no secret that will not be made known.” Matthew 10:26-27 The time will come for each of us, at the moment of death, and later, at the last judgment when Christ assembles all the nations around him and explains everything, when we will each know the truth about what has been happening throughout human history and our own lives. What we have repented of will not be judged, but we may still see the effects of our actions, our place and mission in the world. Those who thought they got away with something in their lives that was evil are in for a very

God Takes Us to the Edge

Pastor’s Column Corpus Christi 2017 “Remember how for forty years now the Lord, your God, has directed all your journeying in the desert, so as to test you by affliction and find out whether or not it was your intention to keep his commandments.” Deuteronomy 8:2-3 When the Israelites were wandering around in the desert of Sinai for forty years, it must have seemed like anything but a honeymoon to them. They complained constantly and, frankly, it appears they had some reason to complain! For example, when Pharaoh was about to slaughter them and they appeared trapped by the Red Sea, it was only when they were desperate, without any hope, that God opened a path in the water to rescue them. La

The Trinity is a Relationship

Pastor's Column Trinity Sunday June 11, 2017 One of the questions I try to ask myself when preparing a sermon or a column like this is whether or not what I am saying will make any difference to those who are listening in their everyday lives. How can our belief in the Trinity be important to us? What relevant insights can we gain for our lives about this mysterious reality? The Trinity: Father, Son and Spirit, are all about relationship, and when you think about it, so are we. We naturally tend to form friendships, families and communities. Very few people are inclined to live in isolation because this goes against our fundamental nature as social beings and children of God. Why is it th

A Simple Glass of Water

Pastor’s Column Pentecost Sunday June 4, 2017 Suppose for a moment that I have placed a glass of water on the altar. What might your first reaction to this glass sitting there be? That it should not be there! The altar is a holy place. It is where the Holy Spirit comes down like a dove during the Eucharistic prayer and changes ordinary bread and wine into the Body and Blood of Christ. This same Spirit flows out like water to you, the body of Christ, when you look on him or adore him, believe in him, and then consume him, and he becomes like fire within you. Water is one of the metaphors scripture uses to describe the Holy Spirit’s action in our lives. Much of the Spirit’s action in or live

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