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January 2018

Second Annual Catholic Immigration Summit

The Second Annual Catholic Immigration Summit will be at Seattle University’s Campion Hall on Saturday, March 10th 2018 from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM.  This year’s theme is “My liberation is bound up with yours!

December 2017

The Holy Family, Jesus, Mary and Joseph

Today as we celebrate the feast of the Holy Family, I have to confess that every time this feast comes around, I feel somehow inadequate to the task. I am, after all, a professional celibate. What do I have to say to you?

Christmas - The Nativity of the Lord

Jesus was born into our humanity, our flesh and blood, precisely to give himself to us, to empty himself out for us: to be broken for us, as a loaf of bread, to satisfy our hunger; to be poured out for us, as a cup of wine, to slake our thirst.

The Nativity of the Lord (Christmas)

What is it about Luke’s telling of Christmas that makes it so enduring, and endearing?  Year after year, century after century, we’re drawn to this story, and moved by it again and again.

Fourth Sunday of Advent

The scriptures give us today, brothers and sisters, two stories, and one image to prepare us for the coming of the Lord we will celebrate in only a few hours.

Third Sunday of Advent

The first week of Advent, John’s message was “Stay awake!”  Be alert.  Change is in the air.  Last week, the message was “Repent!”  Make yourself ready.  Prepare the way of the Lord.

Second Sunday of Advent

Thank you, Father Paul, for the chance to reflect on the readings and share about Catholic Community Services and Catholic Housing Services during our annual appeal for the poor.

First Sunday of Advent

The readings on this first Sunday of Advent alert us to something that is about to begin.  A guest will arrive when we least expect him.  The language is emphatic.  “Be watchful, be alert!

Fr. Paul Magnano 50th Anniversary of Ordination

Father Magnano, I want to express the affection and appreciation of everyone here today for you and your ministry on the occasion of your 50th Anniversary of Priestly Ordination.

November 2017

The Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe

There it is. Plain and simple. All the gospel in one parable. If the rest of Matthew’s gospel, along with Mark and Luke and John were somehow lost, it would be enough.

An Advent of Possibilities: Imagining Racial Justice

An invitation to  “Listen! Learn! Think! Pray! Act!” COH SVdP received this special invitation from Lucas Sharma, SJ - For those of you who heard Bishop Edward Braxton speak in October, these are familiar words.

Thirty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time

You don’t have to be a scripture scholar to figure out the message here: use your gifts, whatever they are, no matter how large or small they might be, use your gifts and use them wisely.

Thirty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time

“The kingdom of heaven will be like this,” Jesus said, and he told the parable of the Ten Bridesmaids.  The core of the parable, the focus of the story, all has to do with the oil.

Thirty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time

If there’s any Sunday on which someone other than someone ordained should preach – it’s this Sunday.  In the readings today from Malachi and Matthew, priests and preachers are criticized and even cursed by the Lord.

October 2017

30th Sunday in Ordinary Time

If ever you wanted a simple compendium of what is required of us to be believers, today’s Gospel and first reading from the Book of Exodus lay it all out with utter, almost brutal simplicity.

Twenty-ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Since Matthew’s gospel then had political overtones, perhaps he will have some reflection for us in these days of political interest. At first glance, today’s gospel says nothing even remotely touching the baptism of children.

Twenty-eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time

As we approach the end of the liturgical year, the Sunday readings begin to touch on end-time themes.  Though they are often closely associated, end-time is not the same as end-of-time, a concept popular with evangelical groups today.

Twenty-Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

This gospel is always about God’s actions, God’s love, God’s challenge to us, and not to those people “out there.”  The challenge of the parable is for us.

Twenty-sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

The scripture from Ezekiel asks, “Whose way is fair?”  Good question!  And a contemporary question, too.  What’s the fair and just response to questions about immigration?

September 2017

Twenty-Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Biblical texts often call Israel “God’s vineyard.”  Vineyards were especially evocative as they produced wine, to “gladden their hearts.

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