The Light of St. Lucy

Dec 13 The Light of St. Lucy

Advent is full of great feast days, including today’s feast of St. Lucy whose name literally means “light.” St. Lucy’s (283-304 A.D.) life and death were a shining light in the darkness of the secular Sicily where she lived. After her mother was healed through the intercession of St. Agatha, Lucy vowed to remain a virgin and distributed her money, including her dowry, to the poor. When...

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Grab the cloak!

Jun 29 Grab the cloak!

From this Sunday’s Gospel: There was a woman afflicted with hemorrhages for twelve years. She had suffered greatly at the hands of many doctors and had spent all that she had. Yet she was not helped but only grew worse. What needless suffering we endure! Despair, worry, apathy, all symptoms of a broken relationship with God. I didn’t have a blood hemorrhage, but until my wife brought...

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St. Peter, Slave No More

Mar 05 St. Peter, Slave No More

When unable to memorize information, humans tend to create a Cliffs-Notes version (or ‘dynamic equivalent’ – whichever you prefer) in their brain so that they might at least have some reference they can recall.  So, too, whether it is Jesus’ feeding of the 5,000, his temptation in the desert, the transfiguration or some other Bible story, the main events are usually...

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Questioning the Lord

Who do you think you are?  What gives you the right?  Most questions have answers, but occasionally the person with a Q isn’t looking for an A. In the first chapter of the gospel of Luke, we find two questions that, on the surface, appear similar, but the resulting responses couldn’t be more different.  The first question is asked by Zechariah when he is visited by a St. Gabriel...

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Did the Leper Sin by Reporting Christ’s Miracle?

by Micah Murphy A leper came to Jesus and kneeling down begged him and said, “If you wish, you can make me clean.” Moved with pity, he stretched out his hand, touched him, and said to him, “I do will it. Be made clean.” The leprosy left him immediately, and he was made clean. Then, warning the him sternly, he dismissed him at once. He said to him, “See that you tell...

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