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Are you on the take?

Saturday, November 26th, 2016
on-the-takeLast weekend, after Mass at St. Philomena Church, a young woman in her 20s approached me and asked if I would write an article about what it means to show praise and thanksgiving to our Lord. The celebration of the Mass had been in honor of Christ the King and she felt that the upcoming Thanksgiving and Advent seasons provided a perfect opportunity for us to praise… Read More

The Key to the Side Door

Saturday, July 25th, 2015
KeyLast week, I wrote about an experience I had during the summer of 1974. At that time, I was 17 years old. I had a part-time job at the Ramada Inn in downtown Peoria, and one Saturday night after work, I drove to the Shrine Mosque in downtown Peoria to see if I could catch the second half of a show that featured a professional barbershop quartet. The quartet had won the previous year’s international competition… Read More

The Queen of Titles

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014
The dictionary defines the word “title” as “an appellation of dignity, honor, distinction, or preeminence attached to a person or family by virtue of rank, office, precedent, privilege, attainment, or lands.”  It is said that the Blessed Virgin Mary has more than 1,000 titles, a handful of which are: Mother of God, Queen of Heaven, Seat of Wisdom, Mirror of Justice, Vessel of Honor, Cause of Our Joy, Gate of Heaven, Morning Star, and Comforter of the Afflicted. All the Blessed Mother’s titles identify her with dignity, honor, distinction, and preeminence.  They are attached to her by virtue of her unique relationship with the three… Read More

Ashes, Flesh, and the Resurection

Thursday, February 14th, 2013
Every Ash Wednesday we hear the following words while a priest places ashes on our foreheads in the form of a cross: “Remember, man, that you are dust, and unto dust you shall return.”  It was in the book of Genesis that we were told that man was created from the dust of the Earth and will ultimately return to dust.  (Genesis 3:19) As a result of original sin, our flesh, organs, and bones will begin to decompose after our death and eventually turn into dust.  There are only two individuals who have escaped this fate: Jesus Christ and His mother, Mary.  Rather than being left on Earth to decompose, after their deaths Christ… Read More

Two Kinds of Love

Friday, September 21st, 2012
Could God the Father ever decide that He no longer loves the Holy Spirit?  Could He say “I’ve loved the Holy Spirit for thousands of years and I just don’t love Him anymore”?  Could Jesus go off on His own and decide He is no longer going to love the Father and the Holy Spirit?  Could the Holy Spirit bail out on His relationship with the Father and the Son? The answer to all these questions is “no.” The love that the three persons of the Blessed Trinity have for each other is known as a necessary love.  It is impossible for them not to love each other. What kind of love does God have for you and me?  Is it a necessary love? … Read More