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Take Up Your Cross, and Know What it is to Love

22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

This Sunday has too powerful of a message for me to be anything but direct: life only makes sense when you offer it in love for others, and allow yourself to be consumed completely and totally. The prophet Jeremiah, “I say to myself, I will not mention him, I will speak in his name no more. But then it becomes like fire burning in my heart, imprisoned in my bones; I grow weary holding it in, I cannot endure it.” St. Paul, “I urge you, brothers and sisters, by the mercies of God, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God, your spiritual worship.” The Gospel, “whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.”

That’s the message today. Offer your life… Now how do we do that?

The Only One to Turn Towards

20th Sunday in Ordinary Time

A few years ago when I was a deacon preparing for priestly ordination, I was visiting some of the homebound. Ann was a woman with a degenerative disease that was slowly shutting down her nervous system. At the time she could walk with great difficulty and she was prone to falling and hurting herself. I remember on this visit her telling me that her father and her brother, the only close family she had, decided to stop paying