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A SAINT IN THE MAKING:

Posted by Fr John Nolan on 10/31/19

Today we passed from the secular ritual of Halloween, to the glorious solemnity of All Saints. Often we forget that each of us is called to be a saint--YUP--each of us. If anyone has any doubts how to do that, St. Matthew gives a helpful how-to guide: The Beatitudes.

"Blessed are..." With those two words Jesus begins an instruction in how to live the life of a saint. To be poor in spirit..to be meek...to be merciful. To hunger and thirst for righteousness. To be clean of heart and to make ... Read More »

Autumn Leaves

Posted by Fr John Nolan on 10/21/19

According to an old Indian legend, back in the early days, when plants and animals were created, they were instructed to fast and stay awake for 7 days in order to gain spirit power. Most stayed awake the first night, but on the second day many began to fall ... Read More »

Lent—Let’s begin to think about it

Posted by Fr John Nolan on 4/01/19

Lent—Let’s begin to think about it

Have you ever taken pause to reflect on Ash Wednesday and the Season of Lent? When I receive ashes and mark the beginning of Lent, it seems there’s always a new spirit of hope. Years ago, I realized the difficulty I have ... Read More »

Sincerely

Posted by Fr John Nolan on 3/03/19

Sincerity!  Sincerely!  Sincere   How often we speak or write or use that simple word. It’s a word like “thanks” or “please”.  It’s a word that flows so quickly from our lips or pens that we might forget its meaning.

In the golden days of Rome, it was considered ... Read More »

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 »