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It has been years since I have had an extended period to read.  just a few weekends ago, I had a University homily, a wedding homily, a funeral homily, and a parish homily to prepare over a three day period of preaching. Now I am picking up things I put aside and forgot about and […]


Wis 1:13-15; 2:23-24 God did not make death, nor does he rejoice in the destruction of the living. For he fashioned all things that they might have being; and the creatures of the world are wholesome, and there is not a destructive drug among them nor any domain of the netherworld on earth, for justice […]

Tribes of One

A man more right than his neighbors constitutes a majority of one. Thoreau. Emerson. America. Today. If we are anything in secular terms, we are each tribes of one. Today I hear in the face of tragedy that even the best secular institutions have no markers, no rituals, no communal way to react to, confront, […]

The title comes from an addage in the Oratory of St Philip Neri. Started accidentally around the figure of Philip Neri, a Florentine in 16th century Rome, the Oratory got its name from a place of prayer and was mostly a lay movement. When it formalized and included a congregation of brothers and priests, Philip […]

That which is received

That which is received is received according to the mode of the receiver… Now that they are all dead, these friends cannot tell me to cheer up.  I am the pessimist standing over their graves or staring at a little jungle where their ashes were scattered or thinking of the sea shore with more beauty […]