Two different kinds of death

wreath-at-columbarium_mediumLast Friday was the one year anniversary of my father’s passing.  I went to the cemetery where his remains are kept in a columbarium. During my visit I witnessed a woman in the throws of sorrow. She was doubled over on the ground moaning in front of one section of the wall. At another point I saw a man sitting on a bench staring at the wall with a blank look on his face, as though he was confused at the reality he was contemplating. During my visit I joined these individuals in struggling through a moment of genuine heartache for the loss of a loved one.

Yesterday I joined a large crowd of people in front of the Colorado State Capital building to pray for the defeat of some rather hideous legislation that seeks to curtail any future limitations or regulations on abortion in my state. Many legislators in my state believe they are supporting genuine progress by securing the right of a mother to kill her children in her womb.  This kind of death is of course very different from the death that I encountered and mourned at the cemetery.  Yes, in both cases a human person dies, Continue reading

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Concerning my new assignment

dilbert_promotion-150x150On May 21st of this year I will begin my new assignment as the Moderator of the Curia and Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Denver.  With the news being made public this past weekend I feel that I should try and clarify a few points that may be misleading and share a little of my own reaction. I came across this great paragraph in a document about ongoing priestly formation that puts so-called “promotions” within the presbyterate into place:

In a hierarchical structure (which parallels business, the military, or government/politics), one might assume that advancement would be correlative to higher rank, greater responsibility, or a bigger paycheck. In fact, making progress as a priest cannot be correlated with any of these signs or symbols of advancement. Authentic progress in priestly ministry and life means being a more transparent sacramental sign Continue reading

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Stewardship of Tithing

tithingA group of people was brainstorming about how to increase tithing at their parish. One of them, a well-known businessman who was a multi-millionaire stood up and spoke. “We need to emphasize trust and sacrifice. When I was first starting out I remember my first day of door to door sales, at the end of the day I took all the money I had made, went to a church and put it in the collection. I honestly believe, that the reason I have been successful, is because of this radical act of trust and sacrifice.” When he had a finished, an old woman in the group addressed the businessman and said, “ I dare you to do it again.” Continue reading

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The “Holier than Thou” Evolutionists

EvolutionRecently I have seen a lot of articles about how creationists are stupid.  As if they have missed the news that one unified theory of evolution has been formulated and supported by evidence making “Evolution” a fact.  The problem of course is that there is no one theory of “evolution” and there is not one set of beliefs adhered to by all creationists.  The cartoon on this page captures the general idea of what has been irking me in this debate as of late.  What this erroneous idea fails to take into consideration is that often times, there exists between two partial and contrasting perceptions, a wider perception, which includes both and goes beyond both.  Catholics believe in both creationism and evolution.  If that last sentence has captured your attention, I encourage you to read on. Continue reading

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The Bullying Grammys

grammy_weddingI decided to record the 56th Annual Grammy Awards last Sunday because I wanted to watch a few of the live musical acts and I figured I could just fast forward through the commercials and all of the other fluff.  What I did not expect was to be bullied by the show for being a Christian who holds historically acceptable values.

Everyone who watches the Grammy’s has one thing in common, they like music. While award shows are generally “left” leaning, with a lot of people in the entertainment industry being more or less liberal, the Grammy Awards took it to a new level by effectively hijacking the ceremony and presenting the support of same sex marriage as a foregone conclusion that is supported by anyone who was watching, and quickly dismissing anyone who might have a different belief as backwards and unworthy to be part of the evening. Continue reading

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Three Kings, Three Gifts

magiAs we approach the Feast of Epiphany, I want to invite you to a simple, three-part reflection on the Meaning of the Magi and the gifts we can offer Jesus in this New Year.  As together, with them, we make a pilgrimage of love to Love Itself.
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Person of the Year

pope-francisTime Magazine named Pope Francis its “Person of the Year”.  After reading the article I have a few insights to share.  I will expand on them below, but for now, here is my list of topics:
1) What is a “Person of the Year”?
2) I don’t think that Time Magazine (or secular culture for that matter) understands what the Papacy is.
3) The difference between Francis and Benedict or Francis and others is  style and focus.

1) Each year time names the person who they think had the most influence on the world, someone who’s impact was most substantial. It does not mean that they were a good person or that their impact was commendable, just that it was “most”.  The runner up was Continue reading

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Wives be subordinate to your husbands

iStock_000007871522LargeCol 3:18, “Wives, be subordinate to your husbands, as is proper in the Lord,” and Eph 5:24, “As the church is subordinate to Christ, so wives should be subordinate to their husbands in everything,” are among the most avoided verses in the Bible.  In her wisdom the Church has provided us with Col 3:12-21 as the second reading for the Feast of the Holy Family.  Versus 18-21 give us an exhortation imploring concrete behaviors that will help make a family well ordered.  Yet, it seems like we miss the beauty and effectiveness of what St. Paul is trying to communicate because we are scared to “take the bull by the horns” and do some honest investigation and teaching on these verses.  I wouldn’t say that I have the perfect insight, but I offer my homily for listening below, or download, as one way of understanding and living with St. Paul’s teaching, i.e., God’s teaching.

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