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A certain lesser known country music song suggests we can learn to listen for the sound of the breeze dying down and, even better, for the sound of the sun going down. In hectic Northern Virginia, … more
Two weeks ago, I made an appointment to visit my doctor in September. It has been a couple of years since I have had a physical exam. For a few reasons, I put it off for too long. I think that it is … more
Over the past month, the Sunday Gospels have recounted the “Bread of Life Discourse” from the sixth chapter of St. John’s Gospel where Jesus revealed that He offers His Body and Blood — the … more
“Two roads diverged in a yellow wood.” This is the familiar opening line of a famous poem by Robert Frost that we all learned or memorized in high school. The image of two diverging roads links … more
As we look forward to the visit of Pope Francis to the United States, parishioners are frequently asking how they can see him or if there are tickets available. One altar boy asked if the Holy Father … more
In high school, I had an experience that I will never forget. I was involved in a variety of activities that I enjoyed and kept me busy including baseball, basketball, a girlfriend and several school … more
In this Sunday's Gospel, Jesus uses five loaves and two fish to feed a crowd of five thousand. This miracle of multiplying loaves and fish is well-known to us because it is included in each of the … more
Our Gospel reading this Sunday reports that Jesus took His disciples to “a deserted place.” Various translations call it a “solitary place,” “secluded place,” “remote place,” “quiet … more
He instructed them to take nothing for the journey but a walking stick — no food, no sack, no money in their belts. Imagine the apostles, sent forth by Jesus with such minimal baggage, arriving … more
Have you ever had the experience of deeply desiring a painful situation to end and it would not? Or really wanting to stop some habit in your life and not being able to? These experiences leave you … more
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