Rainbows

At the risk of sounding like a greeting card, this subject reminds me of rainbows. 

A waterfall has practical value is in its ability to move water from one place to another and to form the earth. The rays of the sun enable the growth of plants, the survival of life on earth, light for creatures to sustain their lives. 

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Why I Don't Give

We may think that tithing, giving back to God the first fruits, is something other churches do and it doesn’t apply to us. However, it’s right there in the Bible, and therefore it’s about us Catholics, too! There are many excuses for not giving my first tithe back to God

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Why We Give

And then along comes little Constantine. Suddenly, there is money for diapers and pediatricians, baby clothes, and toys. That becomes the # 1 priority. There are some changes, but life goes on with the addition of a beautiful little Gift of God.

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Our Great Refuge

When Jesus said “I am with you always, even to the end of the age (Matthew 28:20),” he wasn’t being poetic.  He wasn’t speaking as a lover or a grandparent who assure their loved ones that “you will always be in my heart.” 

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“It is I. Do not be afraid.”

“It is I. Do not be afraid.” These words of Jesus from the heart of the storm are recorded in the Gospel of Matthew (14:27). We hear them again in John 6:20. John, chapter 6, is the magnificent revelation of the Holy Eucharist. Amidst images of feeding, storms, bread and wine is the admonition of Jesus: It is I. Do not be afraid.

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You Have A Gift

It’s been a few weeks since the graduation season has passed. Commencements are interesting events with the variety of colors, hoods, ribbons, and tassels which overlay the basic academic gowns of students and faculty. Some might speculate that those with the most stuff are the ones who will be the most successful.

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Make America Better

Independence Day is an invitation to rediscover who we are as citizens or residents of this nation. The Declaration of Independence is a watershed document in world history. It also cost nearly all its signers their comfort, their material goods, even their lives.

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Joined to the Vine

A few weeks ago, we heard the Gospel of the vine and the branches: Jesus is the vine, we are the branches. Folks are still talking about the homily from that day, which demonstrated Jesus as the vine and dozens of people - the liturgical ministers from that particular Mass - forming a sloppy, winding, multi-branched vine streaming into the church aisles, but connected back to Jesus before the altar. It was a graphic illustration, and it was fun!

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Maintenance to Mission

As your pastor, I am more and more conscious of God’s call to us to be in Mission: where we “GO,” like scripture commands, to encounter people instead of waiting for them to come to us. In these next five years, I have a responsibility to you…

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Various Vestures

There are a number of different ways to categorize Christian denominations. One of the principal divisions is liturgical vs. congregational worship. The latter sees Sunday public prayer as a gathering of people, one of whom teaches or preaches...

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Rising from the Tomb

Easter is BIG – it takes 50 days to celebrate it. Why 50? Because Jesus spent 40 days on earth appearing to his disciples and teaching them. At the end of this time, he ascended to the Father. For nine days (the first Novena), 120 of the disciples, including Mary and the Apostles, were in prayer and fear in the upper room.

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A New Beginning

Lent is over! Now the more devout among us who pledged to surrender some pleasure, engage in prayer or perform some good work for all those weeks of the Lent are set free from our resolutions. Whether we were 100% successful or fell short repeatedly, it’s all in the past.

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Two Tunics

John the Baptizer began saying to the crowds who were going out to be baptized by him…”Bear fruits in keeping with repentance!” And the crowds were questioning him, saying, “Then what shall we do?” And he would answer and say to them, “The man who has two tunics is to share with him who has none; and he who has food is to do likewise.” (Luke 3:7-11 passim). 

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Your Country Needs You

Last year, a Catholic deacon and his family immigrated to Miami from Venezuela. Upon their arrival, the father asked his children where they would like to go first.  We can guess at their answers: Disney World, McDonald’s, Miami Beach. Their reply: “can we please go to a grocery store?”

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The Waiting Game

In the list of things nobody in the world likes to do, standing in line holds a secure place.  A hermit nun (yes really) once told me that the wealthier or more powerful a person is, the less time they spend waiting. 

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Feasting & Fasting

Back in the days of the Roman Empire, the ancestors of modern day Italians had a big celebration sometime around what we now call mid-February. No, it was not Mardi Gras, but there are some similarities. The Roman feast of Lupercalia was about spring, love, and fertility. It sometimes involved the drawing of names, not for gifts, but for girlfriends.

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A Christmas Message from Fr. John

Dear Everybody,  ​​​​​​​ What a year this has been. Some of us lost part or all of our homes or jobs to floodwaters and the economy. Others adjusted to having not just a winning, but a really winning baseball team in Houston! Lots of locals saw snow for the first time. And, hey, isn't it great to have the Grand Parkway?   And now, here we are at Christmas. 

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