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Monthly Archive for July, 2012

Sarah Dylan Breuer

This is a homily on the raising of Lazarus preached by Sarah who is an Episcopalian. I believe she lost a child and this homily comes from that experience and her faith. And there is something more than that, even, something more fundamental to the order of the universe: that God is redeeming the universe […]

1000 years Magna Charta

The class of 2015 will be the class that celebrates the 1000 th anniversary of the Magna Charta. I posted my regrets some year s ago about the demise of the Great Charter the foundation of our Bill of Rights, especially due process, trial by jury. Drones are now the executor of the law as […]

Our Lady of Mt Carmel

Besides a great summer festival in Italian neighborhoods, this is a great day to mark in the history of the desert spirituality for Christians. The Carmelites have tons of saints, classic books, and an appeal to both men and women. There are secular Carmelites…at home, married or single. I was chaplain for them for many […]

Thrift Shop and taxes

The thrift shop in the parish was run by all volunteers, mostly used clothing. The proceeds went for school scholarships…for the poor. It had to pay Hawaii state taxes because this was not a religious activity. Think about that.

Pettiness of Evil

I should say the horror and destructiveness of evil. But it starts not only petty, but often in response to something or someone who is good and generous. The joke is no good deed goes unpunished. But it is not a joke. The Gospel says that “even the pagans” do good to those who do […]


This word, the poor, the remnant, as in Blessed are the Poor, got the attention of engaged religious people when I was in religious studies before ordination. The exile imposed on the people by the Assyrians and then the Babylonians was imposed on the rich and the skilled workers. The conquerors left the poor, the […]

Bastille Day

There is a cartoon: wonky looking man behind desk, space and then plain straight back chair with another wonky man a bit anxious. Man behind desk with EDITOR sign on it says to man in chair: “Come now, it was either the best of times or the worst of times, it cannot be both.” So […]

Sunday Homily July 15, 2012

Hal Weidner Homily with loveā€¦. Mk 6:7-13 Jesus summoned the Twelve and began to send them out two by two and gave them authority over unclean spirits. He instructed them to take nothing for the journey but a walking stick– no food, no sack, no money in their belts. They were, however, to wear sandals […]

Let us see your face

Some Italian friends from New York used to grab my head and say “How NICE to see your face!” I don’t know if they were saying something in English that comes from Italian but it made me feel good.My great-aunt’s son, GW, saw me come into his office a decade after we had last met. […]

Do you think I’ll weaken?

Fr David Valtierra would be 65 today. I told him once I was worried about him. He was very conservative and idealistic so some people thought he was a liberal. When I expressed my concern about his ability to keep working away, he said, “Do you think I’ll weaken?” As one of the weakest of […]

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