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July 7, 2013 14th Sunday in Ordinary Time

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Written by Fr. Fitz Friday, 05 July 2013 13:25

 

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June 29, 2013, Saints Peter and Paul

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Written by Fr. Fitz Friday, 28 June 2013 08:34

Imagine if Jesus went walking along the shore in Lousiana, and several cajuns fishermen were there, mending their nets.  Jesus looks at them and says, Follow me! And they do. That's the way it was with Peter, and that day that had begun like just an ordinary fishing day became like no other!

And what if in our day Jesus appeared to a terrorist like the Boston bombers and asked, "why are you persecuting me?" That is the way it was with Saul who was a terrorist in his day on the road to Damascus to deal havoc to the Christians there.

Paul's conversion journey would eventually take him to Rome. Today his bones rest beneath the altar of the Church of St. Paul outside the Walls.

Peter's amazing journey woul also lead to Rome. There in 1950 workmen excavating beneath the high altar, burst into a first century Roman road just below. There they discovered an ancient tomb with grafiti indicating they were venerating the tomb of Peter the Apostle. Peter and Paul are the yang and yang of the apostles: Peter a small businessman: fisherman, and Paul, highly educated Pharisee, and citizen of Rome.

Yet each of them were pliable to amazing grace and great change in their lives....Breakfast Question: Are you pliable to change? Personal Reflection: Are you more like Peter...or Paul?

 

 

 

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June 23, 2013
12th Sunday in Ordinary Time

 

"You cannot be my disciple unless you take up your cross daily and follow me."
 
As I write this I am 35,000 feet over Colorado and experiencing turbulence on Southwest #177.
 
Turbulence! When it enters our lives, the shadow of the cross comes upon us, like the dark cloud right out the cabin window.

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June 16, 2013
11th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Happy Father's Day to Pope Francis and to all good fathers. And may my dad, William Francis Fitzgerald and other good dads, faithful departed, rest in peace.

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June 9, 2013
10th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Bless the land from sea to sea.
Bless the fields giving life to me.
Bless the earth beneath my feet.
Bless the food we have to eat.

... Bless the children.
Bless their future life.
Bless the earth,
The Womb of Life.

(From: Ordinary Time: the Green and Growing Season, Contemp. North American Prayer Book...WJF)

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