Faith, Family, and Fatherhood

When God says, "no".

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When God says, "no".

Feast of St. Lucy Matthew 11:28-30 On this day, 10 years ago, my wife and I loaded up my Chevy Malibu and headed East to CHOP, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia leaving 4 kids behind with my parents.  It was a snowy day much like it is today here in Columbus and a very dangerous trip with plenty of wrecks and jack-knifed tractor trailers along the way. We traveled to CHOP for a 2nd opinion by a world-renown eye specialist after our daughter Catherine was diagnosed with retinoblastoma, cancer of the retina.  We prayed harder than ever before.  We begged the...

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A Mother Who Keeps Her Promises

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A Mother Who Keeps Her Promises

Our Lady of Guadalupe Luke 1:26-38 or 39-47 Over the past couple weeks I have witnessed the Rite of the Catechumenate at two different parishes. Those seeking admission to the Catechumenate are asked two primary questions. First, they are asked, "What do you ask of God's Church?" To which they reply, "faith." Second, they are asked, "What does faith offer you?" And they reply simply, "eternal life." Their responses are always firm and projected for all to hear. I admire their hunger and desire for faith and for eternal life. Those of us who have been "in the Faith" for...

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Trading My Yoke for His

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Trading My Yoke for His

Today's Gospel is three sentences, three.  Yet there is so much packed into those three sentences we could spend days talking about it. Jesus said: "Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart; and you will find rest for yourselves.  For my yoke is easy, and my burden light." (Matthew 11:28-30) My initial thoughts are: Who isn't burdened and laboring in some way?  What sort of rest?  What do you mean by yoke?  What does...

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Our Search and Rescue Mission

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Our Search and Rescue Mission

Luke 15:1-10 Today's Gospel parable has always given me trouble. This parable about the lost sheep makes no sense to me, humanly speaking. Jesus asks this question to the Pharisees and scribes who were complaining about Him eating and hanging out with sinners - "What man among you having a hundred sheep and losing one of them would not leave the ninety-nine in the desert and go after the lost one until he finds it?" I want to scream out the answer, as if from the back row of the crowd of people. "Not me, not anyone here.  That's crazy!! ...

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Conceived Without Fear

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Conceived Without Fear

Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception What do you think you would do if you were to come face to face with God this very instant? We all like to imagine what we would do, but if we were honest with ourselves we would admit that we would probably want to crawl under the closest rock. Even though we may have just come back from Confession and Mass, we would still know that we are not worthy to stand in the presence of God. Throughout Scripture we are given examples of how people react to encounters with the living God and...

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