The Pilgrim's Journey

Both/And – Tomorrow’s reading reflection

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There are those who follow the letter of the law but fail to live the spirit of the law.  There are those who proclaim that they live the spirit of the law but can’t be bothered with the letter of the law.  Then there are those who are just trying the best they can to … Read More

Widow of Nain – Sunday reading reflection

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The Gospel for this Sunday tells the story of Jesus encountering the widow from Nain.  The encounter was  bitterly painful.  We hear that Jesus took pity on the woman when he saw her.  Pity, not in the present condescending understanding of the word but in its original meaning.  Jesus sympathized with her because he too … Read More

Vocation Directors- Listen up!

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If you’re a vocation director and don’t think making pilgrimages is important for young adults, then watch this video!  Many young adults have been touched by God on pilgrimages and answered calls to the priesthood and religious life.  Forget you billboards and book a pilgrimage. (lol)  Just sayin’.

Repay unto Caesar – Reading reflection for the day

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“Repay to Caesar what belongs to Caesar.”   We’re reminded of that by Jesus in the Gospel today.  Ironically, he catches the Pharisees and Herodians in their intended trap for him and asks them whose image is stamped on the coin.  But here’s another twist.  The stamp bore Caesar’s image.  Whose image do you bear? … Read More

Sad news from Jerusalem

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Frequently, major media in the U.S. carry stories about anti-semitic graffiti.  Rarely do anti-Christian stories make the news.  Often it takes a church-burning to get it on the back page, if there’s room. Well, the case held true again this past week.  On Friday morning, the sad news became public when vandals attacked Dormition Abbey, … Read More

Museum pieces, no; they inspire us to grow in holiness

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How many tour companies can assure you that you will have a priest on almost every single pilgrimage who offers confessions and daily Mass?  Not many.  But we do. Part of that is the collaborative work of our ministry with priests.  Part of that is that we take prayer seriously on our pilgrimage as an … Read More

Jesus, the devil and gondola rides?

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Say what?  That’s right.  Our Holy Land pilgrimage comes complete with a gondola ride.  Where to?  The Mount of Temptation.  How else does one get from here: to here?   The Scripture from St. Matthew reads, “Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil.” (4:1)  I … Read More

Encounter Christ this Sunday, June 2nd w/Pope Francis

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It’s the first time it’s ever happened.  Pope Francis has called for all the cathedrals around the world to participate with him in a universal Eucharistic holy hour at 5pm Rome time on Sunday, June 2nd.  Why he is doing so?  To celebrate Corpus Christi.  What are his prayer intentions?  There are two. 1) For the obedience … Read More

Destination weddings, Catholic-style

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Non-Catholic couples often decide on “destination weddings”.  What are they?  They are weddings in which the bride and groom choose an exotic resort or a favorite place they share in order to get married.  Catholics can also do so but in a Catholic Church near or in that location.  But what about this idea?  A … Read More

Just when you think you know it all…

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Just when I think I know it all, something happens that makes me realize that, in fact, I know very little.     It happened to me last night.  Over a delicious rib-eye dinner with a priest-friend, he began to tell me about the Shrine of St. Anne de Beaupré.  The more he described its … Read More

Assisi-bound!

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Pope Francis is headed to his namesake’s hometown. When? Why, the patron’s feast day of course- October 4, 2013.   Announcing earlier this month that he would like to make a pilgrimage to Sicily in September, now the Holy Father would like to make a pilgrimage to Assisi.  (My guess is he’ll do both on … Read More

“Oh no pro nobis” – Kid singing Ave Maria

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While viewing Google+ posts, I came across this video posted by Michael Sestak.  He titles it, “Little Child Sings ‘Ave Maria’ for a Pilgrimage”.  He was quick to joke about the pronunciation of “Ora pro nobis” as “Oh No pro nobis”. Cute video.  I like that he’s got it down for whenever he makes his … Read More