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Acting Out (Mark 12:38-44)

When you hear that someone is “acting out” it usually isn’t heard as a compliment.

Saints Like Us (Hebrews 12.1)  

There’s an instinct to idealize the saints as entirely different from the rest of us, off in another league at some unattainable level of holiness and favor with God.

Stumbling Along ‘The Way’ (Mark 10:35-45)

Most of us know the image backing the word “scandalize;” i.e., somebody tripping over a stone in the road.

The Big Hearted (Micah 6:6-8; Rev 14:13; Lk 8:4-15)

This homily was preached at a recent anniversary Mass for Fr. Joseph Daly, C.M. — a Vincentian priest beloved of many,

Not Enough (Is 55; Rom 8:39; Mt 14:13-21)

Words That Ring Deep and True

Some years ago, I experienced what you might call a “surprise in sound.” Coming down a corridor talking with a few other people in normal voices, we turned a corner into a smaller space. All at once our voices took on another sound -- fuller, richer, you might even...

Not Enough (Is 55; Rom 8:39; Mt 14:13-21)

The Character of God

I remember talking to a man who was leaving a good position in his company after over 30 years on the job. He didn’t want to, but he said it wasn’t the same company he had come to those three decades ago. He lamented that it had lost its lights and heart, particularly...

Not Enough (Is 55; Rom 8:39; Mt 14:13-21)

The Finger of God

Just last week at the end of a sequence of calamitous happenings in the country and world, someone remarked that if he had one wish it would be that when turning on the news he’d hear something other than bad news. His wish caught the dark and heavy feelings of the...

Not Enough (Is 55; Rom 8:39; Mt 14:13-21)

On Not Shutting Down

I know two young men who were given a set of CD’s of the greats in classical music. Neither of them ever listened to nor had any appreciation for this kind of track. The one said, “This stuff is boring and even hard on my ears. I’ll humor my uncle who gave them to me,...

Not Enough (Is 55; Rom 8:39; Mt 14:13-21)

Living in a Time of Extremes

To us who live in a time when extremes on the left and right of the spectrum seem glaring, St. Paul comes with this counsel for keeping on course. “Do not conform yourselves to this age. But be transformed by the renewal of your mind.” To paraphrase him, “There are...

Not Enough (Is 55; Rom 8:39; Mt 14:13-21)

The 400th Anniversary of Our Charism

A paraphrase of the opening line today from Isaiah reads: “How beautiful are the feet of the one who brings glad tidings, announces peace, carries good news, tells us that our salvation is here and now, and does all this by a life-changing proclamation. And that is,...

Not Enough (Is 55; Rom 8:39; Mt 14:13-21)

What Kind of God?

What Kind of God? (Wisdom 12:13-16; Psalm 135) I ask you to think of a particular boss in one of the jobs you’ve had over the years and also to recall the different ways in which you felt that boss regarded you. Did you feel he or she was indifferent to you, was...

Not Enough (Is 55; Rom 8:39; Mt 14:13-21)

Expecting and Seeing

Expecting and Seeing (Matthew 13:13) Some time ago I went to see a touring art exhibit featuring Monet’s water lilies. Laid out in three big murals that were hung together, it wrapped around the room to give the visitor a sense of being right there at the pond’s edge....

Not Enough (Is 55; Rom 8:39; Mt 14:13-21)

The Vincentian Witness

The Vincentian Witness Not that God needs it, but in today's culture do you ever get the urge to stand up for God? A spiritual writer recounted a conversation with a college friend after not seeing him for years. After catching up, the friend told him he had heard the...

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