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Kairos Time

Posted by Fr John Nolan on 1/07/19

The year 2018 has ended, but the cycle of God’s grace goes on into this new year of 2019. The edges of all our gatherings and partings are touched by a grace that goes round and round through all the years, through all the transitions, through all the ... Read More »

A New Year 2019

Posted by Fr John Nolan on 1/01/19

The celebration of the New Year is the oldest of all holidays.  Tradition dictates that every 365 days, you should try to kick bad habits and start your life anew. It was first observed in ancient Babylon about 4000 years ago.  In the years around 2000 BC, the Babylonian ... Read More »

Shhhh! A New Resolution

Posted by Fr John Nolan on 12/30/18

  Elizabeth I of England said it:  “Video et Tasceo” (I see and I keep keep my mouth shut.) Some people have a genetic disorder sometimes described as “can’t keep mouth shut.”  This situation usually happens before the brain can calculate the damage.  We just can’t hear enough of ... Read More »

A St. Nicholas Note

Posted by Fr John Nolan on 12/03/18

A St. Nicholas’ Note . . . Edward Hays, A Pilgrim’s Almanac (adapted)

   "It is fitting that the feast of St. Nicholas comes at the beginning of Advent and the beginning of the shopper’s season. As the patron saint of shoppers he proclaims, ‘Keep it simple!’ Keep ... Read More »

Time Out -- It's Advent

Posted by Fr John Nolan on 12/03/18

As the calendar year ends, family schedules and personal agendas fill with meetings, programs, parties, and annual obligations. The carol "Silent Night" could not have been written at the end of the twentieth century, when its title evokes the peace and stillness modern women and men can only imagine.

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Tertullian's Treatise on Patience

Posted by Fr John Nolan on 12/03/18

If he ever came to speak at your church, you would probably never forget him. He was passionate, articulate, totally committed. He boldly taunted the might of the Roman Empire, courageously defended oppressed believers, and harshly reprimanded compromising Christians. In later life, he lost favor with much of the ... Read More »

JUST DO SOMETHING

Posted by Fr John Nolan on 8/03/18

Summer is almost gone; the school year looms quickly ahead.  Before it’s too late, plan some simple, fun, family activities that cost nothing, but develop a strong sense of togetherness.  Here are some frugal suggestions: Go To Church—Sorry, but have to remind you Fly a Kite                               Toast marshmallows                                   Have ... Read More »

A Holy Week

Posted by Fr John Nolan on 3/26/18

"Let Us Make This Week Holy"

March 26, 2018 Let us resolve to make this week holy by claiming Christ’s redemptive grace and by living holy lives. The Word became flesh and redeemed us by his holy life and holy death. This week especially, let us accept redemption by ... Read More »

Discipleship--The Cost

Posted by Fr John Nolan on 2/15/18

The Conditions of Discipleship

A man got lost in the desert. Walking and walking, he was so desperate to slack his thirst with a drink of water, then, he found a shack and entered to look for water. There was no water except an old, rusty water pump. He ... Read More »

Don't We All

Posted by Fr John Nolan on 9/25/17

I was reading the Bulletin from Holy Name Cathedral in Chicago and the Rector published the following story.  He did not provide any indication of authorship. A web search showed a "Gregory ..." and another "jaydeebug."  

 

“I was parked in front of the mall wiping off my ... Read More »