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My Fourth and Final Article on “Fratelli Tutti”

By Fr. Jeff | 11/20/2020

I have finished my fourth and final article in my series, Our Relationships With Others, reflecting on Pope Francis’ encyclical, Fratelli Tutti.  As I complete this series, please note that the four articles do not cover the entirety of the…

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Seeking Real Dialogue

By Fr. Jeff | 11/16/2020

I just completed the third article, “Seeking Real Dialogue”, in my series, “Our Relationships With Others”. In the first two articles I took an instructive approach. In this third article, I continue to seek to help readers understand what Pope…

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Second Article Reflecting on Pope Francis’ Encyclical, “Fratelli Tutti”

By Fr. Jeff | 11/12/2020

I just posted to my website the second article, “The Right to Private Property and Loving Our Neighbor” in my series, “Our Relationships With Others” reflecting on Pope Francis’ new encyclical, Fratelli Tutti. I hope it is helpful for you.…

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Reflecting on Pope Francis’ new encyclical – “Fratelli Tutti”

By Fr. Jeff | 11/10/2020

I recently finished reading Pope Francis’ new encyclical, Fratelli Tutti On Fraternity and Social Friendship.  I read it in book form (Cottbus, Germany:  HijezGlobal Press. 2020).  You can also find it online on the Vatican website at I found…

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21st Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A – Homily

By Fr. Jeff | 08/23/2020

21st Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year AIsaiah 22:19-23Psalm 138:1-2, 2-3, 6, 8 (8bc)Romans 11:33-36Matthew 16:13-20August 23, 2020 Jesus asks the question, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?”  I pose a slightly different question, why do you…

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Conflict and the “Joy of the Gospel”

By Fr. Jeff | 08/08/2017

I have been reading Evangelii Gaudium (The Joy of the Gospel) for the last couple of weeks (I read slowly as I reflect over the text).  I just read paragraph 227 and was deeply struck by it.  I think it…

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We Have a Pope

By Fr. Jeff | 03/13/2013

Today we have a new Pope, Francis I.  It is Cardinal Bergoglio from Argentine.  You can read more about him at    As he begins his papacy, I will be praying for him as our Pope and invite all of…

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It Begins

By Fr. Jeff | 03/12/2013

I write this at 8 a.m. local time on Tuesday, March 12, 2013.  That means the cardinals have celebrated the Mass that opens the conclave and are now in the process of moving into the locked conclave. In today’s first…

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Pope Emeritus, Benedict XVI

By Fr. Jeff | 02/28/2013

I write at 2:43 p.m. local time or 8:43 p.m. in Rome (on February 28th).  That means Pope Benedict XVI resignation went into effect 43 minutes ago.  It was not a simple decision for him to retire, especially since there…

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Some Resources from the USCCB on the Papal Transition

By Fr. Jeff | 02/20/2013

Here is a link to some resources from the USCCB on the process as Pope Benedict XVI resigns and a new pope is elected. Peace, Fr. Jeff

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