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St. Francis of Assisi

St. Francis of Assisi

Today we celebrate the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi and there are special readings for today’s feast: Sirach 50:1,3-4, 6-7; Galatians 6:14-18 and Matthew 11:25-30.  St. Francis is of course the founder of the Franciscan Order and the patron of our parish.  Francis...
Archangels

Archangels

“You will see heaven opened and the angels…ascending and descending.”  Jesus makes this promise to us, his disciples, in today’s Gospel.  The disciple Nathanael is amazed that Jesus seems to know him although they have never met.  His amazement leads to his...
The Messiah of God

The Messiah of God

Who is Jesus?  Each of us may give a slightly different answer.  In today’s Gospel Jesus asks both a general question and a specific question.  The general question is “Who do the crowds say that I am?”  The crowds give various answers, e.g., John the Baptist, the...
The Mother of Jesus

The Mother of Jesus

Our family is always concerned about us.  Our parents continue to worry about us even when we have grown up and moved away.  I learned that I could not tell my mother not to worry about me, it was in her DNA.  She is probably still worrying in heaven!  We see this...
Joy and Sorrow

Joy and Sorrow

In today’s first reading Paul reminds us of the Gospel: “I am reminding you, brothers and sisters, of the Gospel I preached to you.”  Paul is writing in the 50’s before any of the canonical Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, John) have been writing.  Paul gives us the...

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