Tag: The Rev. Charles C. McCoart Jr.

Spring Cleaning

When I was growing up our family observed a time-honored ritual every year which was affectionately known as “spring cleaning.”  Unlike the normal cleaning from week to week, which amounted to dusting and vacuuming and generally straightening up, spring cleaning was an all-out assault on a year’s worth of filth and clutter.  It was commonly…

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Ash Wednesday Reflection

Thank you for joining us today as we celebrate Ash Wednesday, the very beginning of the liturgical season of Lent.  In preparation for today’s homily, I took some time to reflect on growing up in my family and how we celebrated Lent.  Interestingly enough, we didn’t eat meat on any Friday throughout the year.  Not…

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Mashed Potatoes for the Soul

One night in the hospital, while recovering from my surgery, I found myself unable to remember the prayers I had known since childhood.  I would start one prayer, get somewhere in the middle of the prayer, and my mind would then jump to a different section of the prayer, or to a completely different prayer,…

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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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Keeping Ourselves Ready

For email posts, click here to watch online. It’s around this time every year when the church calendar begins to include end-times themes into the Sunday readings.   And depending on how you count them, the Gospel writers document around 40 parables that Jesus told.  In some – like the parable of the mustard seed –…

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Give to Caesar What Is Caesar’s

For email posts, click here to watch online. We think of the last days of Jesus’ final week as being full of challenges coming at Him from every side.  (Understatement of the century, right?!)  During His final week Jesus dealt with betrayal, arrest, torture, and crucifixion.  Jesus’ final week was full of challenges coming at Him…

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