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Crucifixion, Resurrection, and Our View of this World

By Fr. Jeff | 04/30/2021

I recently read the book Things Worth Dying For: Thoughts on a Life Worth Living by Archbishop Emeritus Charles J. Chaput, OFM Cap. (New York: Henry Holt and Company. 2021). Reading it has led me to share some thoughts about…

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Having What It Takes

By Fr. Jeff | 04/27/2021

As I prepare to move to another parish, I reflect on what God has called me to do at St. Luke’s and what God will be calling me to do at St. Mary’s of the Lake and St. Benedict’s. In…

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4th Sunday of Easter, Year B – Homily

By Fr. Jeff | 04/25/2021

4th Sunday of Easter, Year BActs 4:8-12Psalm 118:1, 8-9, 21-23, 26, 28, 29 (22)1 John 3:1-2John 10:11-18April 25, 2021 Who is our shepherd? Who is it that we expect to help us?  Do we trust in man, meaning do expect…

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Reflecting on the Act of Contrition

By Fr. Jeff | 04/22/2021

After we confessing our sins in the Sacrament of Reconciliation and receiving a penance, we say an Act of Contrition. This expresses our sorrow for our sins. We say the Act of Contrition as part of the ritual of the…

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The Next Change

By Fr. Jeff | 04/19/2021

There is a saying that change is inevitable. Change certainly seems common. Once again I am about to experience a change in my parish assignment. It was announced this weekend that I will be leaving St. Luke the Evangelist Parish…

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3rd Sunday of Easter, Year B – Homily

By Fr. Jeff | 04/18/2021

3rd Sunday of Easter, Year BActs 3:13-15, 17-19Psalm 4:2, 4, 7-8, 9 (7a)1 John 2:1-5aLuke 24:35-48April 18, 2021 Easter is a season of resurrection.  The Resurrection of Jesus is pivotal in our Christian faith.  Thus, Jesus doesn’t want us to…

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Some Thoughts on Dealing with Difficult People

By Fr. Jeff | 04/16/2021

Difficult people…we probably have all dealt with difficult people in our lives. It isn’t easy or we won’t call them “difficult” people. There is no one single way to deal with all difficult people. It takes patience. It takes understanding.…

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Treating Life with Dignity and Love Part IV

By Fr. Jeff | 04/15/2021

Last night I offered the fourth and final webinar in my series, Treating Life with Dignity and Love, covering Catholic Pro-Life teaching. You can view the video and see the slides at For the next couple of days, you can…

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Open and Honest Dialogue

By Fr. Jeff | 04/12/2021

As I have said before, many people today have some knowledge of what the Catholic Church teaches on various topics without knowing why the Church teaches it. Helping people understand not just what the Church teaches but why is at…

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2nd Sunday of Easter, Year B – Homily

By Fr. Jeff | 04/11/2021

2nd Sunday of Easter, Year BActs 4:32-35Psalm 118:2-4, 13-15, 22-24 (1)1 John 5:1-6John 20:19-31April 11, 2021 On this Second Sunday of Easter we celebrate Divine Mercy Sunday.  In today’s gospel Jesus gives the power to forgive sins to the disciples…

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Three Weeks

By Fr. Jeff | 04/09/2021

It has been three weeks since I posted an article here that wasn’t a homily. Of course, there were several homilies in this time period. Besides the normal Sunday homilies, I posted my homilies from the Solemnity of St. Joseph,…

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Easter Sunday, Year B

By Fr. Jeff | 04/04/2021

Easter Sunday, Year BActs of the Apostles 10:34a, 37-43Psalm 118:1-2, 16-17, 22-23 (24)Colossians 3:1-4John 20:1-9April 4, 2021 “Mary Magdala came to the tomb early in the morning.” Why?  Why go early in the morning?  Whose tomb was she going to? …

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Good Friday – Homily

By Fr. Jeff | 04/02/2021

Good Friday:  Celebration of the Lord’s PassionIsaiah 52:13-53:12Psalm 31:2, 6, 12-13, 15-16, 17, 25 (Luke 23:46)Hebrews 4:14-16; 5:7-9John 18:1-19:42April 2, 2021 I begin with two questions.  First, who is responsible for the death of Jesus?  Secondly, why was He put…

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Holy Thursday: Mass of the Lord’s Supper – Homily

By Fr. Jeff | 04/01/2021

Holy Thursday:  Mass of the Lord’s SupperExodus 12:1-8, 11-14Psalm 116:12-13, 15-16bc, 17-181 Corinthians 11:23-26John 13:1-15April 1, 2021 Our readings tonight begin in the time of the first Passover, that saving time when the Lord set his people free from slavery…

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