Do you see in yourself what the angels see? Do you hear the Father’s voice?

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The Baptism of the Lord, Year C: January 10, 2016
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Living in strange times

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33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B: Nov. 15, 2015
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The gentle yet blazing gift of the Holy Spirit

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Pentecost Sunday, Year C: May 19, 2013
Mass during the Day: Acts 2:1-11; Ps 104; 1 Cor 12:3-7, 12-13; John 20:19-23

On that first Pentecost Sunday, the disciples experienced the outpouring of the Holy Spirit (CCC 731). We heard about this event in the first reading—and about the amazing events that followed, as they boldly spoke to others about Jesus in languages that they had not previously known. It was an amazing day—a day sometimes called “the birthday of the Church.”

But what is the Holy Spirit? Or, rather, we should ask: who is the Holy Spirit?

The Holy Spirit is one of the three Divine Persons in the Blessed Trinity. That is, to us has been revealed the mystery that the one God is a trinity of persons: (more…)

El don suave pero ardiente del Espíritu Santo

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Domingo de Pentecostés, Año C: 19 Mayo 2013
Misa del Día: Hch 2, 1-11; Sal 103; 1 Cor 12, 3-7.12-13; Jn 20, 19-23

En el primer domingo de Pentecostés, los discípulos experimentaron la efusión del Espíritu Santo (CIC 731). Oímos de este evento en la primera lectura—y de las maravillas que siguieron, de que hablaron con valentía a otros acerca de Jesús en idiomas que no habían conocido. Fue un día increíble—un día a veces llamado “el nacimiento de la Iglesia.”

Pero, ¿qué es el Espíritu Santo? O, más bien, deberíamos preguntar: ¿quién es el Espíritu Santo?

El Espíritu Santo es una de las tres Personas Divinas en la Santísima Trinidad. Es decir, a nosotros ha sido revelado el misterio de que el único Dios es una trinidad de personas: (more…)

Faith, doubts, and difficulties in the Year of Faith

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A talk given as part of the Lenten Mission Series for the Year of Faith, at St. Mary’s of Piscataway, in Clinton, Md., on Feb. 19, 2013.

Faith is our response to God’s revelation to us:  a personal receptiveness to his personal reaching out. Father Dan explores how we can address doubts that might undercut our faith in general, or difficulties that we might feel about particular teachings of the faith. “Be not unbelieving, but believe!” (more…)

Put on the new self

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The Octave Day of the Nativity of the Lord:
Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God:
January 1, 2013

At the Holy Hour
Eph 4:22-24, 4:30–5:2

We stand upon the brink of a new year. 2012, with all that it meant, is receding into the past: all its joys, all its sorrows, all of our choices and actions that we are proud of, all of those that we wish we could do over; all now behind us. And ahead of us, at our very feet, opens the vista of 2013: untrodden, unknown, open, full of possibilities.

On Christmas Day in 1939, King George VI of England quoted from a poem in his radio message. He read:
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Pentecostés, la Virgen, y decir Sí al Espíritu Santo

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Domingo de Pentecostés, Año B: 27 Mayo 2012
Hch 2, 1-11; Sal 103; Gal 5, 16-25; Jn 15, 26-27; 16, 12-15

Oímos en el libro de Génesis, capítulo 11, de la torre de Babel—de cómo, muy temprano en la historia humana, en un valle en Mesopotamia, se intentó edificar una gran torre—una torre cuya cúspide llegara al cielo para que sus edificadores pusieran hacerse un nombre. (Gn 11:4) Fue un proyecto de orgullo y ambición humana, con la intención de edificarse sin Dios—y produjo tensión, confusión, y división; y los que intentaron colaborar fueron separados, hablando distintas idiomas, morando muy alejados.

Hoy, en la fiesta de Pentecostés, celebramos la revocación de Babel. (more…)

Pentecost, the Virgin Mary, and saying Yes to the Holy Spirit

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Pentecost Sunday, Year B: May 27, 2012
Mass during the Day: Acts 2:1-11; Ps 104; Gal 5:16-25; John 15:26-27, 16:12-15

We read in the 11th chapter of the Book of Genesis about the Tower of Babel—about how, in the mists of early human history, there was an attempt, in a valley in Mesopotamia, to build a large tower—a tower with its top in the sky, so that its builders could make a name for themselves. (Gen 11:4) It was a project of human pride and ambition, trying to build themselves up apart from God—and it resulted in tension, confusion, and division—those who had tried to work together then separated, speaking different languages, living in different places.

On this day, the Feast of Pentecost, we celebrate the reversal of Babel. (more…)

Ascension of the Lord: Christ kicks it up a notch

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Ascension of the Lord, Year B: May 20, 2012
Acts 1:1-11; Ps 47; Eph 4:1-13; Mark 16:15-20

On that first Good Friday, our Lord Jesus suffered, died upon the cross, and was buried. On the third day, that first Easter Sunday, he rose from the dead, his body transformed, the firstfruits of the Resurrection. For the next 40 days, he appeared often to his disciples, teaching them about the Kingdom of God. And then, as we heard in our first reading and our Gospel reading, he ascended into heaven.

Today we celebrate our Lord’s Ascension; and so, we might say, we celebrate his retirement. His work has been accomplished; his earthly life is done; and so it’s time to go back home and sit down and relax. It’s time to retire.

No! Christ’s Ascension was not retirement! (more…)

Levantarlos de las tinieblas

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V Domingo Ordinario, Año B: 5 Febrero 2012
Job 7, 1-4.6-7; Sal 146; 1 Cor 9, 16-19.22-23; Mc 1, 29-39

En la primera lectura, oímos la voz de Job, que ha sufrido mucho. Recordamos que, en el primer capítulo del libro, perdió a todos sus hijos, todas sus posesiones, y su salud corporal—incluso su buena relación con su esposa. Y ahora Job lamenta que sufre meses de infortunio y noches de dolor. Sus noches parecen interminables, sus días demasiado cortos; ha perdido la esperanza de ver la dicha de nuevo.

Y lo entendemos, ¿no? Quizá nosotros también hemos sufrido así; quizá ahora mismo tú sufres. O es probable que conozcas a alguien, o a muchos, que han sufrido mucho infortunio. En tal situación, es fácil sentir sólo, como Job. (more…)