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Presence

Monday, August 13th, 2018

“Taste and see the goodness of the Lord.” Psalm 34:8 A number of years ago I was home for several weeks recovering from surgery. I took the opportunity to work on a family project I had wanted to do for a very long time. I selected the best photographs from 65 albums of family pictures […]

From First Class to Economy

Tuesday, February 20th, 2018

One of the nicest things that anyone has ever done for me happened about forty-two years ago high above the Atlantic Ocean. I had been working for a pharmaceutical company in international information systems; and on one of my many trips to Europe, my boss decided to make the trip with me. Because of his […]

One of Us

Sunday, December 17th, 2017

“What if God was one of us? Just a slob like one of us? Just a stranger on the bus? Trying to make his way home.” 1  One of my favorite Christmas songs isn’t really a Christmas holiday song at all. It’s a song called, “One of Us”. Composed in 1995 by Eric Bazilian and […]

Everyone Is Welcome (There Are No Exceptions)

Tuesday, October 10th, 2017

Everyone Is Welcome (There Are No Exceptions) The Roman Catholic Church is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the restoration of the Permanent Diaconate. There are over 17,000 permanent deacons in the United States and over 42,000 worldwide. I have been proud to be one of them since my ordination in 1992.After marrying my sweetheart, Wanda, […]

Called to Mirror the Fatherhood of God

Monday, June 19th, 2017

‘Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name.’ Jesus gave us a wonderful gift: he brought God into the center of our lives and taught us that he is like a loving father. Today is Fathers Day. It is a good time to remember that each and every one of us — male […]

Just To Follow My Friend

Tuesday, May 16th, 2017

Just to Follow My Friend (Reflection by Deacon Lex at 25th Ordination Anniversary Mass) There’s a song by Christopher Walker that Peter Coll, our Music Director, often plays during Mass. The song is entitled, “Because the Lord is My Shepherd” and its refrain sums up why I became a deacon: Lord, you are my Shepherd, […]

Monkey Butt

Monday, January 23rd, 2017

If God really loves us so much why does he allow bad things to happen? Before retiring, I worked for many years at Hackensack University Medical Center. At least once each day I would ride the elevator in The Tomorrows Children Building. Frequently I would share that elevator with young children who were very, very […]

Time

Tuesday, November 8th, 2016

Jesus said, “All that you see here – the day will come when there will not be left a stone upon another stone.” Will you and I be ready to face that day when it comes? On November 20th we will celebrate the feast of Christ the King. It is the last Sunday in the […]

Laborers in God’s Family Business

Tuesday, August 30th, 2016

It is fitting that we worship together as a Christian community on this Labor Day weekend. Because as followers of Jesus, we have all been called to be laborers for the Kingdom of God. I went on retreat a few years ago and heard a priest say that the Universe is God’s family business. We […]

Where is the Body of Christ?

Tuesday, May 24th, 2016

This weekend we will be celebrating the feast of Corpus Christi, the Body of Christ. Where is the Body of Christ? The disciples on that first Easter morning were frantically searching for the body of Christ. They were dazed and confused. But Jesus didn’t want them, or us, going off on some wild goose chase. […]

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