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Standing Up For the Poor and the Vulnerable

Our Catholic Teaching calls us to stand up for the poor and the vulnerable.  The fourth of the Seven Principles of Catholic Social Teaching speaks of this.  Jesus calls us to help the hungry, thirsty, and those without shelter or clothing (Matthew 25:31-46).  Our care for the poor and the vulnerable can take two forms, […]


In today’s Gospel (Wednesday, June 23, 2010), Jesus tells us to be careful of false prophets.  Whenever we encounter a new person we might wonder ‘Can I trust this person?’  We know nothing about them.  Can we trust them to tell the truth?  Can we count on them to do their share? We need to […]

The Our Father

The gospel reading for tomorrow (Thursday, 6/17/10) is Matthew’s telling of Jesus teaching his disciples the prayer we have come to call The Our Father or The Lord’s Prayer.  We say the words of The Lord’s Prayer often.  We say it every time we celebrate Mass.  It is said several times when we pray the […]

Justice or Revenge

The gospel reading for today is Jesus’ teaching on the familiar passage “an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth” (Exodus 21:23-24).  People often use this passage from Exodus to justify punishment, especially the death penalty.  John J. McDermoot in “Weekday Homily Helps” (St. Anthony Messenger Press) for June 14, 2010 says that the passage was not […]

Reminder of Guidelines for Commenting

I maintain this blog to help educate people about our Catholic faith.  My desire is to always have constructive and polite dialogue.  I have been writing for this blog since late January 2010 and for over a year before that on a parish blog.  In that time I have allowed comments from people who disagree […]

What is an Annulment?

This week I was talking to a couple and they said they had read that an annulment is a “Catholic divorce.”  This is not true. A divorce is a civil (government) process that ends a legal relationship.  It views marriage as a contract formed when the couple make their vows to each other.  The divorce […]

Diaconate Ordination

I attended the ordination in Rochester of nine men to the diaconate today; eight as permanent deacons and one as a transitional diaconate.  It is always a moving event.  This year I knew three of the men.  One from the parish where I served on my pastoral year, one from the parish where I am […]

Summer in the Church

With the celebration of Memorial Day a few days ago summer has “unofficially” begun.  Summer vacations are beginning.  Most colleges have already begun their summer vacations and the elementary and high schools will begin their vacations by the end of the month.  With the summer season people will be travelling or staying at their summer […]