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LESSONS FROM BAPTIZING A FROG

January 10, 2020  •   Tracy Earl Welliver I used to lead an RCIA session on baptism, where I would bring in my Kermit the Frog toy from when I was a child and pretend to baptize it. It was a session I especially made sure I led when we had children preparing for Easter sacraments. You would think Kermit would have become super holy having been baptized so many times, year after year. But, if he...

Increasing the Reign of Christ

Br. John-Marmion Villa For Sunday, January 19, 20202nd Sunday in Ordinary Time   Isaiah 49:3, 5-61 Corinthians 1:1-13John 1:29-34 As I’m writing this reflection, I am taking pause from writing a talk for an upcoming Diocesan Youth Conference. I’m preparing a brief overview of Christian history, hitting only major highlights for this 45-minute presentation. In coming into the 21st century, one cannot pass by Pope Leo XIII chanting the Veni Creator Spiritus on January 1,...

Follow God’s Voice to Safety

For Sunday, December 29th, 2019 The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph Sirach 3:2-6, 12-14Colossians 3:12-21 or 3:12-17Matthew 2:13-15, 19-23 Christmas naturally brings with it thoughts of family, especially our families of origin. These thoughts are laced with myriad emotions, ranging from tender memories for some to painful memories of loneliness, abandonment, loss, and sadness for others. Unlike the Holy Family who fled the grasp of Herod, we cannot flee our family memories. We...

Fr. Sibby’s 2019 Christmas Message

“MY CHRISTMAS MESSAGE – 2019” The celebration is just around the corner. Weeks of anticipation and preparation during the Advent Season bring us to the Feast of Christmas. The greatest gift we could ever receive was given when the Son of God came into the world as an infant. He worked with human hands and acted with a human will. Born of the Virgin Mary, He was made one with us. The Love of God...

A Time For Longing

December 5, 2019  •   Douglas Sousa, STL For Sunday, December 15, 20193rd Sunday of Advent   Isaiah 35:1-6a, 10James 5:7-10Matthew 11:2-11 Advent is a time of longing. It is a time to recognize that in all our hopes and dreams we are reaching out for the “one who is to come.” To use the words of St. Augustine, Advent is a time to “exercise our desire” for God. In this Sunday’s Gospel, John the Baptist and...

Open the Eyes of My Heart

November 29, 2019  •   Br. John-Marmion Villa For Sunday, December 8, 20192nd Sunday of Advent Isaiah 11:1-10Romans 15:4-9Matthew 3:1-12 “God is mystery. This mystery is clearly revealed in paradox and balance. A paradox is an apparent contradiction that speaks of a deeper truth. Some paradoxes: 1.) We often find companionship, communion, and community in solitude. 2.) We often hear God’s Word best in silence. 3.) We find spiritual wealth in simplicity and poverty. 4.) We discover...

Jesus is Headed Your Way

One day, we heard the news that a possible tornado was heading our way. We live off of a highway, and it was traveling along that very road. My wife and kids huddled in the downstairs bathroom. Not many tornadoes surface in North Carolina, so our children were particularly worried because it was something they had never contemplated happening before. The tornado never did come into our neighborhood, but it did cause one our sons...

Wide-Open Eyes

When my first child was born, we had a nursery created for him that featured images from “The Beginner’s Bible” painted on all the walls. (You may have seen this Bible before, where the Biblical figures in the book all had large wide-open eyes.) Images of Adam and Eve, David and Goliath, and Jesus were displayed on all four walls. On the largest wall was a big picture of Noah’s Ark with lots of animals....

Rule Your Kingdom

It would be kind of awesome to be a king or queen! Absolute rule, untold wealth, and people answering your every beck and call are things that wouldn’t be half bad. Of course, I would be a benevolent monarch, and I would hope that all my subjects would love me. They could cheer me as I came out of the palace, and I think my popularity ratings in the polls would be through the roof....