Pentecost Sunday

This weekend we celebrate the great feast of Pentecost, when the Holy Spirit whom we worship as the third person of the Holy Trinity is given our full attention and devotion. Perhaps we can understand the fact that the Spirit receives less attention than the Father or the Son since the Church took longer to […]

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Seventh Sunday of Easter

As we near the end of the Easter Season we hear with a reading describing the martyrdom of Saint Stephen. His story is one that shows the paradox of suffering and embracing the Cross of Christ as a way that leads to the glory of Easter.  He is considered the first of the martyrs in […]

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Ascension of the Lord

On the feast of the Ascension we are presented with a fascinating glimpse into the human dimension of revelation in the same moment that we hear about the one who is its divine source and subject—Christ Jesus himself.  This glimpse is given to us in the opening verses of the Acts of the Apostles, where […]

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6th Sunday of Easter

This Sunday’s date, May 26th, will always have a powerful meaning for me since it is the date of my father’s death. He died in 1985 and that year as in 2019 May 26th fell on the Sunday of Memorial Day weekend: my memory of his death has been forever linked with our national holiday […]

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Fifth Sunday of Easter

In the Acts of the Apostles we hear of the travels of Paul and Barnabas. These two men were not part of the original twelve Apostles, but the experience the Apostles had with Jesus was not limited to the chosen twelve, and was passed on to those who followed them. We are told that Paul […]

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4th Sunday of Easter

In the first reading from the Acts of the Apostles Paul and Barnabas preach to the Jews at Antioch in Pisidia; this was one of their last stops together before they parted ways and Paul devoted his ministry to the Gentiles. In the early Church the divide between Jewish and Gentile Christians seen in Acts […]

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Third Sunday of Easter

The famous Gospel Composer, Professor Alex Bradford, wrote the hymn, “I said I wasn’t Gonna Tell Nobody. The Chorus of the song is; I said I wasn’t gonna tell nobody, but I Couldn’t keep it to myself! Couldn’t keep it to myself! Couldn’t keep it to myself! I said I wasn’t gonna tell nobody, but […]

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2nd Sunday of Easter

The second Sunday of Easter is known by numerous titles which I have discussed in columns in past years, but above all it is especially known as Divine Mercy Sunday. While the idea that a devotion of recent origins (and one resting on private revelation) should overshadow the final day of the Easter Octave must […]

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Easter

Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia! He is Risen! This is the refrain that is exclaimed over and over again on Easter, and should be sung throughout the year. Easter is not just today, Easter is a Season that we celebrate for fifty days until Pentecost Sunday. Beyond that, every Sunday of the year is considered a “little […]

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