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February 7, 2021

5th Sunday Ordinary Time This phrase keeps coming back to me.  Jesus does “God.”  He just doesn’t talk about God orpay lip service.  Jesus heals Simon’s mother-in-law just by helping her to stand up.  He drives out whatever made people crazy in their thinking and their actions. The next day, very early in the morning,Continue reading “February 7, 2021”

January 31, 2021

Presentation of the Lord in the Temple  “If you hear God’s voice, harden not your hearts.”  ********************************************************** I do not want to speak to the politics in your heart.  I do not want to speak to the status in your hearts.  I do not want to speak to the finances in your heart.  I wantContinue reading “January 31, 2021”

The Baptism of Our Lord

January 10, 2021 My dear brothers and sisters, we cannot separate our personal spiritual lives from the rest of our lives.  We cannot separate the economic, political, moral dimensions of our lives into boxes of interest and pretend or hope that one does not affect the other. The stock market is not God.  Our bankContinue reading “The Baptism of Our Lord”

Christmas 2020

It takes a lifetime to comprehend and to “take in” the meaning of Christmas.  It is so much more than all the accumulated customs of music and smells and food from all the countries of the world. Christmas begins before time began, before there was a world, a planet among the planets.  In his gospel,Continue reading Christmas 2020

III Advent

12/13/20 Today is “Rejoice in the Lord” Sunday, “Gaudate in Latin.  For the pessimists among us and those who are tired of lockdowns and masks, there is very little to be happy about. The original use of this phrase from St. Paul’s letter to the Philippians was a welcome relief from the rigors of fastingContinue reading “III Advent”

All Saint’s Day

November 1, 2020 It was not until the mid 9th century, that European Catholics began to celebrate the feast of all the Saints.  After almost a thousand years, there were too many good people to name and to remember.  Simply, there were not enough days in the year.  Soon after, there sprang up today’s commemoration. Continue reading “All Saint’s Day”

As I Turn Eighty…

(Below are some of Father Mangini’s reflections, which he posts in the spirit of encouraging sharing and discussion in the comments at the end of the page.) As I turn 80 years old, I wonder first of all how I got to 80.  From time to time over the years, as I attended someone else’sContinue reading As I Turn Eighty…

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