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With Freedom Comes Responsibilities

In our gospel reading today, Jesus frees people from illnesses. On the Cross, Jesus frees us from our sins. In the United States of America, today we celebrate another time of freedom. Today is July 4th. It is the anniversary of when the colonists declared their independence from England. Why did they declare their independence? […]

Tolerance, Hate Speech, and Dialogue

“Tolerance” has become a frequently used word.  We do well to ask ourselves what does it mean to “tolerate.”  Why?  Because I think it is being used beyond its actual meaning.  It seems to me that it is being used more in the sense of “relativism” than its actual meaning.  Relativism says that you are […]

I am Not My Own Potter

Today we celebrate our United States holiday celebrating our independence on the anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. As we celebrate our independence, “freedom” is very important to us. People take freedom to mean we can do anything we want (most people do acknowledge one limit to our […]

Homily on “Freedom” for July 2018 Holy Hour

Homily for July 2018 Holy Hour Jeremiah 29:8-14 Psalm 123:1-2, 2, 3-4 Phil 2:5-11 John 15:9-17 Two weeks ago, we celebrated the Fourth of July as our national holiday.  As far as I know, we are the only country that celebrates July 4th as a holiday. That’s because of its significance to us.  Of course, […]

The Truth Will Set You Free

In the gospel reading for today (3/21/18, Wednesday of the Fifth Week of Lent), Jesus says, “If you remain in my word, you will truly be my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” People think freedom means being able to do whatever we want.  We do have free […]

Freedom and The Prodigal Son

The gospel reading for Mass this morning (3/3/18 – Saturday of the Second Week of Lent) is the story of the prodigal son from Luke’s Gospel.  There are three people in this story, all with the freedom to choose how they live their life. First is the younger son.  He chooses to take his share […]