Third Saturday of Advent

Today’s Gospel consists of the first 17 verses of the Gospel of Matthew, which contains the genealogy of Jesus.

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God Is With Us

God is truly with us and our goal is to be truly present to him at all times. To be prayerful is an important characteristic of an Everyday Steward.

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Third Friday of Advent

We should always seek to “observe what is right” and “do what is just,” but the Advent season seems a particularly good time to focus on these words from Isaiah.

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Third Thursday of Advent

What do you own and what owns you? Do you seek to be judged by your wealth, your style of dress, the size of your house, or your status in the community?

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Memorial of St. John of the Cross, Priest and Doctor of the Church

The dark night of the soul is not to be confused with depression, that which is brought on by a chemical imbalance in the brain or a traumatic life event.

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Raise Your Little Hand, O Holy Child

If we take the time to understand the implications of this, maybe it can help us see others in a different light. Who did Jesus come for over two thousand years ago

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Humility to Serve

For Sunday, October 23, 2016, 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time Several days ago I had the privilege of presenting a series of workshops for the diocesan congress of the Diocese of Fresno. This annual event brings together clergy and religious, professional and volunteer ministers, and young adults from around that diocese for a time of […]

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Praying for Justice

For Sunday, October 16, 2016, 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time “Taxation without representation”—a battle cry for justice before the Revolutionary War! But it isn’t the late 1700s! Why would that be a bumper sticker in 2016? The answer depends not on the date, but the place. We were driving in Washington, DC. After seeing that […]

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The Creation of Adam

God Created You On Purpose for a Purpose

An Everyday Stewardship Reflection for the 23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time 2016 / Labor Day Weekend “You were created on purpose for a purpose.” That may sound like pop psychology gibberish to you at first, but, it is the truth. Modern studies into strengths and gifts, along with constantly new understandings of the complex wonder of […]

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No Low-Cost Christianity

For Sunday, September 4, 2016, 23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time As we look back at the story of our faith, we recognize graced moments in which women, men, and even children, have made decisions about the course or orientation of their lives that have changed history itself. Like that “shot heard ’round the world” of […]

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Pope and Tim Russert

God is God and I Am Not

An Everyday Stewardship Reflection for 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time 2016 I really loved watching Tim Russert, former NBC News Washington bureau chief and moderator of Meet the Press, who passed away in 2008. I guess what I loved the most about him was his tremendous sense of humility. He was a brilliant political mind, […]

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Humble Words

For Sunday, August 28, 2016, 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time There was thunder and lightning. It was quite a light show that God put on last night! But this morning at 6:00 am the world is quiet again. The eastern sky is washed in a pinkish peach with receding dark clouds reminding the world of the […]

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