Pastoral Reflections

February 2018

Feb 22

February 25, 2018

Another week has brought another act of senseless violence in our country. Following the tragic shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, on Ash Wednesday, Daniel Cardinal DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, President of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, called for prayer and healing. Here is the text of his...
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Feb 18

February 18, 2018

Last Wednesday we began our journey through Lent to the glory of Easter. On Ash Wednesday we were called to “remember that you are dust and to dust you shall return,” and to repent and believe in the Gospel.” These two admonitions assume that you and I are in need of conversion. The recognition of this need is at the heart of...
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Feb 11

February 11, 2018

From the beginning of his Gospel, St. Mark tells us that he is going to share “the good news, of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.” Mark’s Good News is described in an action-packed narrative. There is a sense of urgency to the way Mark writes, and there is a lot packed into the story of Jesus. Over the past several weeks we have...
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Feb 4

February 4, 2018

In last week’s column I described how the Church has opened up the scriptures for us since the Second Vatican Council. Since the Council, we have a much fuller exploration of the scriptures at Sunday Mass. Over the course of three years we read the vast majority of the most formative scriptures in our tradition. Since the Council, the...
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