The Littlest Prophet

It will come as no surprise to many of you that I have been a bleeding-heart liberal from my earliest days. A teenage rebellion, I am sure against my tastefully conservative Republican mom and dad. A straight A student, I rebelled in hippy dippy ways. I skipped school to protest the Vietnam war. I served…

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Wait ’till you turn 60!

After being ordained as a priest for eight years, I was assigned as the Executive Director of Catholic Charities for the Catholic Diocese of Arlington, Virginia.  I was in my thirties at the time and going into the new position I felt alarmingly unprepared.  From the moment I received the assignment I wondered about the sanity…

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Were You There?

Wednesday this week was a history making day. One that will live in infamy. Depending on your generation, you can probably answer one or more of these questions: Where were you on December 7, 1941, Pearl Harbor Day? Where were you on November 22, 1963 when President Kennedy was assassinated? Where were you on September…

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God Gets Little

A Christmas homily for both young and old. Some Christmas pageants have plastic baby dolls stand in for Jesus. But the liveliest of Christmas pageants have a real live baby! (As we did in our live zoom version with baby Ryan this year!) And when that live Baby Jesus makes his dramatic debut — all…

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Our Gospel (A Children’s Homily)

In our first reading today, Paul says something really bold. He’s talking about the good news of Jesus, and he says “according to my gospel.” My gospel. I couldn’t believe it, because usually we say it’s Jesus’ gospel, or God’s gospel, but Paul said “my gospel.” I found that surprising.  “Gospel” is an old word that means “good…

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Our Gospel

My family has been on a bit of an emotional rollercoaster the past couple of weeks. There was a pregnancy that became compromised, and it was a scary thing as the mother was put on bedrest in the hospital. There was eventually an emergency C-section, and all the things that could have gone wrong somehow didn’t. When…

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“B Is for Bethlehem”

If you have an Advent calendar, today you can open window number 13! What’s behind it? A toy? A piece of candy? Or maybe a character from the Christmas story? Christmas is just twelve days away! We are all on our way to Bethlehem! I want to share with you an ABC map of how…

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“Come Darkness, Come Light”

Updated November 28. One of my favorite Christmas carols is one that Ryan introduced to me a few years back at a Christmas Comfort service: Come Darkness, Come Light – written and performed by Mary Chapin Carpenter. It’s really more of an Advent, than a Christmas Carol. It deeply echoes this solstice season we are…

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