Extreme Makeover: homily edition

[After cobbling together this week’s homily — which is much shorter than usual, because the Mass will include the 15-minute-long Rite of Welcome in my parish — I realized that I also need to preach at another Mass Sunday morning.  D’oh.  I decided to revisit my original homily, revising and expanding it.  The results are [Read More…]

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Fr. Ken

A deacon friend sent this my way. It belongs to a priest, who explains: A long time ago, this friend, Mary Ryan (RIP) made me a Ken doll with a full set of liturgical colored vestments – here he is in purple for Advent, and stands in my office as a reminder that Advent is [Read More…]

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Waiting for Christmas

A British department store has come up with a sweet commercial for the Christmas season (and, in fact, Advent) that will resonate with anyone who has ever been 8 years old. [Read more…]

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Homily for December 12, 2010: 3rd Sunday of Advent

This is a time of year when magazines and newspapers look back at the big events of the year—scandals, political upheavals, natural disasters.  And in that last category, most of us here this morning would include on that list the tornado of 2010. The night it happened, I told my family in Maryland that it [Read More…]

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