Homily for Sunday of the Most Holy Trinity

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Exodus 34:4B-6 2 Corinthians 13:11-13 John 3:16-18   On this Trinity Sunday, we are first reminded that in our readings for the next couple of weeks the Church is going to take us back to the Paschal mystery we have recently spent 50 days celebrating. Today we are not only reminded that God is “slow to anger and rich in …

The Ministry of Diakonia

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Along with the 22 other members of the Diocese of Knoxville diaconate formation class, I have returned from our annual retreat weekend, which was led this year by Father Andreas Hoeck, the Academic Dean of St. John Vianney Seminary in Denver. Many of the men love Father Andreas, as he has instructed us before on the writings of St. John …

Never Again War

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In his Sunday Angelus message yesterday, Pope Francis reminded the pilgrims in St. Peter’s Square near the end of his message that today, July 28th, marks the one hundredth anniversary of the beginning of the First World War. It is easy for us to look back on the Great War and call it, as the Holy Father did, a great …

Pray Prayers of Thanks

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Each day, Catholic clergy, religious men and women, and laypeople from all over the world pray the Liturgy of the Hours. These powerful prayers, rooted in the psalms and in Sacred Scripture, move according to the rhythms of the Church’s ecclesiastical year and invite us to bring our petitions to God. I often find when praying the Hours, sometimes called …

Go and Live the Paschal Mystery

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At the end of the Easter season,  the Church celebrates a series of feasts beginning with Pentecost, and moving into Ordinary Time with Trinity Sunday and then the feast of Corpus Christi (the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ) the following week. After that, today is the feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, which commemorates Christ’s love for …

Catholics, Sacred Scripture, and Tradition

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We hear much talk, and rightly so, of the idea of the need to evangelize, and of the “New Evangelization,” the need to re-evangelize in many cases. In our part of the United States, evangelization can also mean reaching out with the right kind of spirit to many of our evangelical Protestant brothers and sisters. This doesn’t mean that we …

Thoughts on Our Lady for the Feast of the Visitation

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Today is the last day of May, which is a month traditionally devoted in a special way to devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary in Catholic circles. Fittingly, the last day of the month is the Feast of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, which commemorates Mary’s visit to her sister Elizabeth (Luke 1:39-56) after learning that both of …