Category Archives: Wisdom

Thoughts on Fasting by Jesus AND Saint John Chrysostom 

[Prayer, Fasting, and Almsgiving or Charity are spiritual disciplines practiced by people of many faiths.  They are closely associated with the Christian Season of Lent.  The words of Jesus are from the gospel for Ash Wednesday, the first day of … Continue reading

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A Homily I Wish I Had Preached on Zacchaeus — Father Austin Fleming 

[Just about every preacher is sensitive to comments about his or her preaching. Oddly enough many tend not to believe compliments because we are almost always our own harshest critics.  Here is a homily Father Austin Fleming preached six years … Continue reading

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TODAY IS The Feast of the Triumph of the Cross

Who Holds the Cross of Christ? Pilate asked Jesus,  “Do you not know that I have power  to release you, and power to crucify you?” (John 19:10)  Pilate thinks he holds the cross of Christ. Jesus knows otherwise.  How we … Continue reading

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Holy Trinity: Theology and Prayer

  God alone can make  the mystery of the Most Holy Trinity known to us by revealing Godself as Father, Son and Holy Spirit:   One God and Father FROM whom all things are; and One Lord Jesus Christ THROUGH … Continue reading

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Only Jesus: A Good Friday Homily by Fr. Austin Fleming

      [Fr. Austin Fleming was part of my formation as a priest during my last two years of seminary studies.  Here is his Good Friday homily from last year. This truly inspired me and is the best Good Friday … Continue reading

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Simon and Intercessory Prayer  by Brandy Miller

Mark 15:21 “A certain man from Cyrene, Simon, the father of Alexander and Rufus, was passing by on his way in from the country, and they forced him to carry the cross.” Today, I visited a site where they offer … Continue reading

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[When I was in college seminary, we students sometimes made snide comments about “Hallmark Theology,” which was something easy to understand, syruppy sweet, memorable, and small enough to fit on a greeting card. Now that I am older, wiser, and … Continue reading

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Some Suggestions on How to Pray by Saint Francis de Sales

[Yesterday was this saint’s Feast Day. For more info, see the blog roll on saints and be sure to read yesterday’s post.]   Perhaps you do not know how to undertake mental prayer  since many people in our day do … Continue reading

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Saturday Cinema: Father & Daughter –    – – (8 min, 14 sec) 

[If good things come in small packages and a picture is worth a thousand words, then this short-film is worth your time.  The idea behind my occasional Saturday Cinema selection is to give you something to think and pray about. … Continue reading

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This Tuesday’s Three Tweet-able Terse Thoughts

[Fifty years ago or so, I was made to memorize my first poem.  Of course, I can’t remember what it was!  To inflict the greatest amount of anxiety, teachers seemed to choose poems that were longer rather than shorter and … Continue reading

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