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November 5, 2018

Rewind The Watch
Old folks will remember,

if they can remember at all, that we used to have to rewind our watches each day, sometimes twice a day.  This is a good metaphor for daily prayer.  It is like rewinding the watch.  if we think of ourselves on a spiritual path,...

October 3, 2018

I think of God as Camouflaged.  Someone is camouflaged so as not to draw attention directly to themselves when they are near to you.  They want to be near, but somewhat

hidden.  Why would God do that way to me?  I think it is because God wants me to loo...

September 17, 2018

Why Stay?
Am I really a Catholic because bishops and priests are holy, better than me, and the pope is infallible? Please.  I would have left a long time ago if that was my criterion.  Who put these people on a pedestal, saying they are better than the "laity?"  The Va...

August 29, 2018

 Power And Love
Many people seem to want a god of power so that their power god can fix things, prevent bad things and keep good things going.  But what if God does not care much for power, but does care about love.  Why? The power god fixes things for people, or they...

August 24, 2018

 Private Property
Private property, a bedrock of capitalism, is not much for sharing.  "I have mine.  You get yours."  If there is sharing it is called charity.  Capitalism has done a lot of good things, but individualism as part of its economic religion does not do mu...

July 23, 2018


Faith is not something that is unchanging.  It is steeped in time.  It was revealed, and developed in a specific time.  Time affects faith.  If you want to pass it on to others in the future, you need to make it relevant to the changing time.  If you did not ca...

July 10, 2018

 Lack Of Power
Homily Notes
Fr. Terry Ryan, CSP
Mark 6: 1-6a
July 8, 2018

 Lack of power, this is what many of us say is our problem.  But the gospel offers it as an opportunity, rather than a problem.  Jesus has a “thorn in his side.”  It is his relatives and long-ti...

June 3, 2018

A Gated Church
In my religion some people idealize the past, maybe the 1950s or the medieval church.  But it has been pointed out to me that this could end up looking like a g
ated Christian community, that is, a group of people who wall themselves off from others who d...

May 21, 2018

All the children love one teacher, but then right next store is another teacher, and her children do not have the same love.  Two teachers, both competent, both with same age children, same demographics.    You could make it too priests, or two anybody, who have...