Monthly Archives: July 2010

Memorial of St Ignatius of Loyola

St Ignatius of Loyola, whose memorial we celebrate today, was a man whose life had an immeasurable impact on the Church and on history. But he didn’t start his life as a saint; he began as a Spanish courtier and … Continue reading

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Friday of the XVII week in ordinary time, year II

There can be many reasons why communications fail. Sometimes even very important messages are delivered but not received, whether it be because they are lost in the background noise of trivial information, or because of confusion about the terms being … Continue reading

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Memorial of St Martha

A few days ago at Mass we read the famous passage where Martha complains that Mary is not helping her to work, and Jesus gently chides her saying that Mary has chosen the better part by opting to listen to … Continue reading

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On the readings for Wednesday of the XVII week in ordinary time, year II

Today’s gospel reading continues with our Lord’s “parables of the Kingdom”, which we’ve been hearing for the past few days. Jesus has taught us about how the Kingdom – embodied in the Church – starts small but is called to … Continue reading

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July 26, Monday of the XVII week in ordinary time, year II; Memorial of Sts Joachim and Anne, parents of the Blessed Virgin Mary

There is a strong contrast between the first reading and psalm today and the Gospel. The first foretell punishment for the people whom God had chosen and who were unfaithful to him, turning to pagan gods and being disobedient to … Continue reading

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Homily for the XVII Sunday in Ordinary Time, year C

Persistent prayer is powerful! This message comes to us loud and clear from today’s readings. In the first reading we have Abraham “negotiating” with God about the fate of the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah. The psalm is a hymn … Continue reading

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Reflection on the readings for Friday of the XVI week in ordinary time, year II

Today’s Gospel reading is Jesus’ explanation of the parable of the sower, which we heard back on Wednesday. It is a fairly unique reading, because it is one of the few parables that Jesus explains in depth to his apostles. … Continue reading

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Photos of the parish and of Newburgh

Newburgh is an interesting place, and the parishes are beautiful. I have started to post photos I’ve taken of the churches and the neighborhood, which I’m sharing on my Flickr photostream, here.

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Thursday of the XVI week of Ordinary Time; Memorial of St Mary Magdalene

Today we celebrate the memorial of St Mary Magdalene, and I think today’s liturgy gives us very timely and encouraging message. Encouraging, because although there is debate among scholars about how many Mary’s there are in the gospel and exactly … Continue reading

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Reflection on the readings for Wednesday of the XVI Week in Ordinary Time

Today I’d like to focus on the first two readings, because the Gospel is a sort of “part 1” of a two-part series that will be continued on Friday. The first reading is Jeremiah’s autobiographical account of how he felt … Continue reading

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